Iris Festival Taste at the Gardens


Every year, more than a thousand hungry festival-goers come out for one of the most popular events of the Iris Festival – “The Taste at the Gardens.” The Taste, as most Sumterites refer to the event, kicks off the festival each year. This year the Taste will be held on the Garden Street Stage on Thursday, May 25 from 6 – 9 p.m.


The Taste offers a wide variety of foods from local restaurants, caterers and individuals. Admission tickets are only $5.00 and are available at the gate; vendors will accept cash for a taste of their special culinary delights. Children under 5 years old are admitted FREE.


And when else can you try great food, talk with friends, dance a little, and even take an evening boat ride on Swan Lake? Only during the Sumter Iris Festival! Make plans to join us today.  


This year's vendors include:

  • Baker's Sweets
  • Food with a Flaire
  • Logan’s 
  • Quinta’s Italian Ice
  • Sertoma
  • Shave N Flave
  • Sunshine
  • Tropical Paradise
  • Willie Sue’s/wine & Food