This month's Wine Stroll at Middleton Place will celebrate Carolina Gold Rice with “rice-influenced” appetizers and a rice lager from Holy City Brewing. The May 21 event, titled an “Evening With Jonathan Green,” will also feature the sale of artwork from the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project chair, who will be on hand for autographing. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the sale of “Carolina Gold Rice” candles will benefit the project.
Rice's cultivation cycle begins in May and ends with a September harvest. To mark the season's start, Middleton Place is hosting hands-on planting demos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday: The program runs from 10 a.m.-12 noon and again from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. According to a press release, “costumed interpreters will instruct guests in traditional methods of planting, discuss the history of Carolina Gold rice on Low Country plantations, and explain the African origins of rice and its cultivation in South Carolina.” Planting demos are included with paid admission, but the “Evening With Jonathan Green” is a separately-ticketed event priced at $35. Reservations aren't required, but tickets to the 6 p.m.-8 p.m. tasting can be purchase in advance at middletonplace.org.