The 2012 Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival is Friday and Saturday at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.

The festival offers a look at Gullah/Geechee culture and history. Here’s an overview:

WHAT: The “Real” Taste of Gullah

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday COST: Tickets are $50 at

DESCRIPTION: Gullah Cuisine is by the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College & Joe’s Catering services. Artist Jonathan Green will present an illustrated talk. Sweetgrass basketmakers will hold a fashion show featuring hats, evening purses and table vases. Entertainment will be provided by various performers.

WHAT: Sankofa Preservation Society Seminar, hosted by the Gullah/Geechee Group

WHEN: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday COST: Free.

DESCRIPTION: Local scholars and resource agencies will provide lead discussions concerning health, education and heirs’ property issues in the African-American communities along the Gullah/Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor.

WHAT: Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

WHEN: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday COST: Admission and parking are free.

DESCRIPTION: This is a celebration of Gullah/Geechee history and culture through folklores, gospel music, and African drummers and dancers. Water slides, jump castles, face-painting and an assortment of arts and crafts projects will be available for children. Local food vendors and restaurants will serve Gullah cuisine.

INFORMATION: 856-9732 or