At their most basic, boiled peanuts are a briny delight composed of nothing more than peanuts, salt and time.
But if you’re ready to branch out a bit – vinegar, hot sauce, garlic and liquid smoke have been known to make their way into the simmering pots – consider attending the Palmetto Peanut Boil, which takes place Saturday on the 2800 block of Devine Street.
More than a dozen varieties of peanuts will be offered.
“Plain salted is definitely the most popular, but we’ve had a lot of crazy flavors over the years, including a breakfast peanut that was made with maple syrup, and one flavored with dill,” said festival volunteer Reeves Rutledge. “Some work, some don’t.”
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In addition to boiled peanuts, there will be other food available (including Night Caps’ famous Monday night chicken bog), music from Asheville, N.C.’s AcousticSyndicate, Charleston’s Outervention, a group of students and instructors from the Jam Room and several other bands. Activities for children will be set up in the Aflac parking lot.
The Palmetto Peanut Boil was the brainchild of Brent Davis and Jim Mishoe, who started the event eight years ago to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provided a place for Mishoe’s family to stay when their terminally ill infant son was being treated in Washington, DC. Davis died in an automobile accident four years ago; today, the event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities through the Brent Davis Foundation.
This year, equal proceeds also will go to Columbia’s Animal Mission, which provides vouchers for pet spaying and neutering services and partners with the Columbia Animal Shelter for adoption.
The event runs from noon until 7 p.m.; for more information, visit palmettopeanutboil.com
Katie McElveen, Special to The State