Food Inspired Events and Great Causes

They come for the food. It’s been that way forever. Today, Highlands enjoys the fruits of a vital restaurant ecosystem, from homey mom-and-pop places to dining experiences that have, literally, drawn devotees from around the world.  

This helps to explain the reality of multiple annual events celebrating a variety of foods for great causes. 


Low Country Boil

The Low Country Shrimp Boil benefits Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. The park is just one block from Main Street and serves as a venue for concerts, ice skating, arts and crafts, farmers market, nonprofit fundraisers, and festivals. For the last 100 years, Highlands has enjoyed a vibrant set of South Carolinians who join us every summer to escape the heat. These are the people who oversee this event, and they ensure that this is an authentic Low Country culinary event. Join in the celebration on June 25th to support our Park. 

Wags, Whiskers, and Whiskey

 If every dog has its day, well, it turns out that every local dog (and cat) has its own glorious party. There will be plenty of wags, whiskers and whiskey at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club the evening of Wednesday, June 29, 2022 to benefit the shelter pets at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.  

They won’t let the proverbial cat-out-of-the-bag about the details but the dogs told us the evening will include dinner, a live and silent auction, and not only fundraising for the animals but plenty of "fun-raising" for the people who love them! This is an all-new event and the only major fundraiser for CHHS in 2022, and the first in-person event to support the no-kill shelter in three years. It is guaranteed to be sold out. Seating is limited to 200 guests. Prices for individual tickets and table sponsorships will be announced and go on sale in early 2022. Check the website ( for announcement details or email to be on our notification list when tickets go on sale. 

Empty Bowls 

Hosted by International Friendship Center to raise funds for their Food Pantry program here in Highlands, Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and food insecurity. This event pairs potters and other craftspeople with concerned citizens. Typically, after sharing a simple meal of soup and bread, served in handmade bowls, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Help protect against food insecurity. More details can be found at 

HANDS Christmas Festival 

What started in 2001 has now become a tradition for Highlands families and visitors – the HANDS Christmas Dinner on December 25th. It was originally organized by innkeepers who wanted to provide a place for their guests and local families to have a traditional holiday meal on Christmas Day. HANDS is operated by a dedicated group of community volunteers and they provide a full, traditional Christmas Dinner, complete with a warm festive spirit.  All profits from the dinner are shared with local charities. For more information contact the Highlands Welcome Center at 108 Main Street, 828-526-5841, or 






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