Being that Independence Day was this past week, it seems only suitable to use this post talk about the Fourth of July. Now, I am a man who loves any excuse to celebrate, whether the occasion is big or small. For example, I once left class early to celebrate Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s one year wedding anniversary. So it should be no surprise that when national holidays come around, I want them to be truly special. And for me, what makes the Fourth of July so special is the food.
I know many people love the Fourth for the heat, the chance to see family, and, most of all, the fireworks. In this regard, I am no exception, but what I think makes the Fourth truly special is the food that’s served. The sparks of bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers, and everything else are no match for the magic that sizzling, flaming grills produce. With this comparison in mind, I thought it might be nice to detail what it takes to have a barbeque Hub City style – a HubBubeque, if you will.
- Hub City Farmer’s Market: If you’re looking for fresh produce, meat, and other things to cook for your HubBubeque, you will need to check out the Farmer’s Market. The market sells local goods at a great price, so not only are you getting a tasty meal, you’re also giving back to the community while getting to shop in the fresh summer air. The market is open on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – noon.
- Cakehead Bakeshop: Dessert is the crowning glory of any meal, and what makes for a better dessert than a fresh baked good? At Cakehead you can find delicious cookies, pies, quiches, cupcakes, and more. Flavors vary every day, but they are always delicious.
- RJ Rockers: It’s important to stay cool, and (if you’re of age) what better way than with a cold beer? Try RJ Rockers, Spartanburg’s first brewery. There are a variety of local microbrews, but my favorite has to be Son of a Peach, a wheat ale with a hint of peach taste to it.
These places represent only a small selection of my favorite local places to get great food and drink. Perhaps you have some you like, too? Please share!
Of course, no HubBubeque is complete without friends by your side to enjoy a great meal and warm day. I hope you all had a fantastic Fourth full of friends, food, and maybe even a firework or two. Feel free to share how you spent your day off in the comments section!