summerville sweet tea festival

Celebrate the birthplace of sweet tea!  sweet tea festival

    Saturday, September 23, 2023 2p-7p

    Event highlights listed on this page

    Hutchinson Square, SC

    2023 Sweet Tea Vendor Application 

    2023 Sweet Tea Vendor Application 

    • Application Deadline: July 15
    • Committee Vendor Review July 21-August 1
    • Vendor selection sent out: August 15

    Notified via email 

    • Mandatory Vendor Meeting: September 6
    • Sweet Tea Festival: September 23
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    2023 Sweet Tea Vendor Application 

    Sweet Tea Entertainment

    Sweet Tea Fest Sept. 23rd 

    Hutchinson Square:


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    The sweetest week ever!

    September 18-22, 2023

    The truth is we just cannot get enough sweet tea!  The Sweetest Week EVER provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Summerville and our history with sweet tea with more modest events all week long.  Events will be highlighted soon and featured on our daily BLOG and social media.  

    Monday, September 18th: TBA 


    Tuesday, September 19th
    Wednesday, September 20th: 
    Thursday, September 21th: Sweetest Third Thursday EVER! (5:30p-8:30p)
    Join us as we celebrate the Sweetest Third Thursday ever. Put on your dancing shoes, bring your favorite people, and celebrate this wonderful community with local artisans, crafters, merchants, and food! 
    Friday, September 22nd: 

    Sweet Tea Saturday, Sept. 23rd 

    The Sweet Tea Festival is a celebration of the birthplace of sweet tea, right here in Summerville SC.  Our Historic Downtown is transformed into a massive open house / street fair with different food trucks, artisanal vendors and entertainment.  Of course, there is plenty of sweet tea and you can help select the Tea of the Year by sampling and voting for your favorite!   

    Enjoy the Fest and Stay for the Downtown 

    Historic Downtown Summer is everything you imagine a small town to be.  It’s filled with quaint shops, historic buildings, creative boutiques and world class restaurants.  Our business owners and their staff represent true southern hospitality with remarkable customer service and genuine care for all that visit.  Everyone feels as if they have been transported to a special place and time.  Come find out why … “it’s sweeter here 

    So, you want to be a vendor 

    Vendor Applications open in June 2023 

    Vendor opportunities are provided to DREAM Community Partners.  Community Partner membership helps to provide resources for expanded marketing, business development and general operations.  The annual fee is assigned to your anniversary date and is valid for 12 months.  

    Once you are a Community Partner you may register for DREAM events such as, but not limited to, Third Thursday, Sweet Tea Festival, Summerville Skates Market, Christmas Parade Market, etc. All DREAM events have assigned vendor fee and set of rules/regulations. 

    Vendors are selected based on uniqueness, past participation and facility footprint. Each event has an assigned vendor fee and rules and regulations.

    Vendor Process:

    1. Must be a up to date Community Partner
    2. Register for the event. All events are listed on the calendar page
    3. Registration must be completed in detail as incomplete registrations will not be considered
    4. Payment must be made by deadline date or registration will be removed.
    5. Vendors will receive a “thank you for registering” email and invoice.
    6. Prior to the event (typically the week before) our Events Manager will contact you via email with all event highlight information i.e. set-up time, vendor location, regulations, etc.

    Click to register as a Community Partner  


    Best Sweet Tea Contest Winner


    West Richardson Summerville, SC 

    Best Sweet Tea Contest!

    2pm – while supplies last

    Best Sweet Tea Contest!

    2pm – while supplies last

    • There will be different locations you can sample sweet tea! Fee to participate and tea supply is limited.

    • Pick-up you Official ballot at the DREAM booth West Richardson (no purchase necessary)

    • Look for “Tea Contest” sign posted. Taste provided in 3oz disposable cups.

    2023 Contest Participants 

    TBA after applications 

    Historic Downtown Summerville ..

    It’s sweeter here

    Check out our Facebook page for more information


    (843) 821-7260


    100 S. Main St suite "H" 
    Summerville, SC 29483