One of my favorite parts of working at Chernoff Newman is that there is no ‘typical’ 8 to 5 in the agency. On any given day, members of our team are in the field (sometimes literally) with our clients turning big ideas and courageous concepts into reality. Last month, those big ideas took us to Charleston for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA).

SEWE is known for cute puppies and delicious food and centered in the hub of Marion Square is the Certifed SC tent filled to the brim with the tastes of South Carolina. With more than 30 Certified SC vendors and chef demos each hour from renowned chefs around the state, the Certified tent was bustling with locals and visitors alike enjoying the local, fresh flavors of South Carolina.

Matt Lee and Ted Lee, known as the Lee Bros., emceed the kitchen stage as chefs and farmers from the Lowcountry to the Upstate shared the stories behind their food and the secret ingredients (Certified SC products and produce) that make their recipes standout.

In between chef demos, we strolled aisles lined with South Carolina specialty food vendors offering delicious goods for sale and sampling. From Mrs. Sassard’s Jerusalem Artichoke Relish to Burnt & Salty’s Korean-inspired condiments and everything in between, we restocked our pantries and filled our bellies.

After four amazing days, hundreds of great photo ops and thousands of visitors inside the Certified SEWE tent, we left feeling energized and inspired. Seeing how our South Carolina farmers, makers, chefs, and restaurateurs come together to shape South Carolina food and culture made us proud to be involved.

To continue supporting our local farmers, chefs and vendors the other 360 days of the year, download the Certified SC app to find local produce near you – or leave it to the pros with the Fresh on the Menu app to discover nearby restaurants serving up Certified SC goodness. You can also find more photos from the event on the Certified SC Facebook page.