March 6 - March 10, 2019

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2016 Official Commemorative Poster Artist: Whitney Kreb

Charleston Wine + Food is thrilled to reveal the official poster of the 2016 Wine + Food Festival, created by local artist Whitney Kreb. Each year, Charleston Wine + Food collaborates with a local artist to produce an original piece of work that represents the distinct flavor of Charleston. [caption id="attachment_9255" align="aligncenter" width="321"]2016 Charleston Wine + Food Official Commemorative Poster, 'Charleston Perspective, by Whitney Kreb 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Official Commemorative Poster, 'Charleston Perspective, by Whitney Kreb[/caption] Kreb, who was selected as the poster artist last fall, splits her time between her two seaside homes: Charleston and Nantucket. Her artwork uniquely displays this beautiful elegance of her coastal living and upbringing, which can be found at downtown Charleston’s The George Gallery. The charming poster depicts an aerial view of Charleston, highlighting special landmarks, which Kreb feels embodies the spirit of Charleston. Kreb notes that her poster was largely influenced by an old New Yorker cover “View of the World from 9th Avenue” by Paul Steinburg. “I was particularly drawn to the perspective he created and thought it would be cool to adapt that vision into a ‘Charleston Perspective’ which would depict how locals and visitors alike might view our city” explains Kreb. The 2016 official commemorative poster was revealed Wednesday, January 20 at Art in a Glass, the official Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail Competition. Posters will be available for sale during the festival in the Culinary Village retail tent. (Find out more and get your tickets to Culinary Village here.)
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Raise your Bon Vivant! Official 2016 Cocktail Announced

On Wednesday, January 20, a panel of esteemed judges representing the nation’s cocktail community gathered for a private tasting at downtown’s Leaf Restaurant to select the winner of Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Cocktail Competition. Four local bar pros were selected from over 30 preliminary participants to compete for the chance to win bragging rights as the creator of the Official 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail. Supported by Imbibe Magazine, this year’s competition challenged the mixologists to put their own unique spin on the classic gin cocktail, the French 75. 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail Competition Finalists: Louli Burroughs, Fish Allen Lancaster, The Bar at the Spectator Hotel James Bolt, The Gin Joint Paul Yellin, Cane Rhum Bar 2016 Official Cocktail Competition Finalist Judging Panel: Adrian Biggs, Bacardi USA Senior Portfolio Ambassador Kat Kinsman, Editor at Large - Tasting Table Emma Janzen, Digital Editor - Imbibe John Aquino, Owner & Founder of Natural Blonde; President USBG-Charleston Travis Hartong, Liquor Buyer & Wholesale Manager - Bottles The winner was announced at Art in a Glass, an event that immediately followed the private judging, where guests enjoyed small bites and samples of all four finalist cocktails. Charleston Wine + Food is thrilled to reveal the Official Cocktail of the 2016 festival: Bon Vivant, crafted by Iouli Burroughs of Fish. The cocktail will premiere exclusively at the festival’s Opening Night: Cheers to Charleston! kick-off celebration, Wednesday, March 2, at Charleston Gaillard Center. (Tickets available here.) Congrats to all four finalists, and cheers to Iouli!
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First Taste: Cocktails + Canvas @ Art in a Glass

Charleston Wine + Food is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Official Cocktail Competition. The 8th annual competition, supported by IMBIBE, serves as a showcase and celebration of Charleston’s growing and vibrant cocktail culture. Over 30 local mixologists representing a diverse sampling of area bars and restaurants competed in a first-round cocktail showdown, December 17, 2015, at Duvall Catering & Event Design. Contestants were challenged with creating their own interpretation of the classic gin cocktail, the French 75. The first-round panel of judges included John Aquino (USBG-Charleston), Joe Raya (Bittermilk and Tippleman’s), Jon Calo (Burwell’s Stonefire Grill), and Travis Hartong (Bottles Beverage Superstore). The remaining four finalists will present their original cocktails during a final round of closed judging and the winner will be announced at Art in a Glass, scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30p.m. In addition to artful libations, artist Whitney Kreb will reveal her artwork created for the 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Poster. Each year, Charleston Wine + Food works with a local artist to produce an original piece of work that reflects the distinct flavor of the Lowcountry. Kreb is represented by the George Gallery in downtown Charleston. The price of the event is $50 and includes a sampling of all four final cocktails, small bites, and a 2016 Official Poster. Tickets are available for purchase right here. In addition to industry bragging rights, the winning cocktail will be featured exclusively at the festival’s kick-off event (Opening Night: Cheers to Charleston!, presented by Art Institute of Charleston + supported by Charleston Magazine), Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Charleston Gaillard Center. 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail Competition Finalists: Iouli Burroughs, Fish Allen Lancaster, The Bar at the Spectator Hotel James Bolt, The Gin Joint Paul Yellin, Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen Judges for 2016 Official Cocktail Competition Finals Include: Adrian Biggs, Bacardi USA Senior Portfolio Ambassador Kat Kinsman, Editor at Large -Tasting Table Emma Janzen, Digital Editor - Imbibe John Aquino, Owner & Founder of Natural Blonde; President USBG-Charleston Joe Raya, Owner & Founder of The Gin Joint; Bittermilk; Tippleman’s Event Details: Art in a Glass Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Leaf, 15 Beaufain Street, downtown Charleston 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. $50 Get tickets here.
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