Summerville will attempt to break world record for largest iced tea this week

Summerville, which claims to be the birthplace of sweet tea, will attempt a world record for largest iced tea Wednesday.

For the past few years, Summerville has been on a mission to establish itself as a destination for sweet tea lovers. First, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce launched the Sweet Tea Trail in 2013 that guides visitors through Summerville’s historic district. Around the same, the town started billing itself as “the birthplace of sweet tea,” which has been the topic of debate among history buffs in the Lowcountry. Still, the town’s thirst for tea-related fame remains unquenched. On National Tea Day next week, town officials will attempt to break the world record for the largest iced tea at its Record Smashing Tea Party, where a 10-foot-tall jar made of fiberglass from Scout Boats will be filled with more than 1,400 gallons of tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation, along with nearly three tons of ice and sugar. An official adjudicator from Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to verify the new record, which would swipe the title from Chick-fil-A. Afterwards, attendees can drink their fill of the iced beverage and listen to live music by The Midnight City, a local rock group. Little Main Street and a portion of Richardson Avenue will be closed to traffic.

When: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Town Hall, 200 S. Main St. Summerville

Price: Free

More info: www.summervillesc.gov/worldrecord

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