The Festival is approaching quickly but don’t worry: you didn’t miss out on your chance to experience the 2013 Festival! There are still a number of amazing events with availability. Check out the events listed below to choose which experience is for you, then log on to the Festival’s website to order your tickets!
Every Day with Rachael Ray presents This Little Piggy: Pop-Up Market
12:00 pm at Lowndes Grove Plantation
Some of the country’s top chefs will prepare dishes showcasing different parts of the pig including pork shoulder, pork belly, pork loin, sausages, ribs and more from Caw Caw Creek. A live demonstration from celebrity chef and author of “A Girl and Her Pig” April Bloomfield on how to break down a pig will enlighten guests on the origins of their favorite pork dishes and an on-site pop-up shop will offer cured meats and other products to enjoy at home. The perfect way to start your Festival weekend! Tickets are $125 per person and available here.
JetBlue + Piggly Wiggly present Culinary Village + Grand Tasting Tents
Various times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 – 3, at Marion Square Park
The Culinary Village – the true heart of the Festival – gets bigger and better every year, and 2013 is no exception! In the JetBlue + Piggly Wiggly Taste of the South Grand Tasting Tents guests can experience over 80 food and beverage vendors from around the country – a great way to try out new products and discover new favorite brands. Tickets are $85 per person on Friday and Sunday and $100 per person on Saturday and are available here.
CHARLIE magazine presents Shop, Sip + Savor
Friday, March 1, 2:00-5:00 pm at various retail stores (King Street)
Now’s your chance to experience Charleston’s famous King Street – named one of the country’s top shopping areas by US News & World Report – in true VIP style. Visitors from all over the world flock to the street’s distinctive clothing, home décor and shoe boutiques, but you get to enjoy this exclusive afternoon of shopping while savoring gourmet food and sipping on an array of wine pairings. Tickets are $50 per person and available here.
Perfectly Paired Dinner: Red Drum Restaurant
Friday, March 1, 7:00 pm at 803 Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant
For all the Mount Pleasant locals, this event is a great opportunity to get involved with the 2013 Festival while not having to worry about commuting downtown. Red Drum’s very own Chef Ben Berryhill and Guest Chef Adam Lang Perry will work together to create a five-course tasting menu to showcase their unique culinary perspectives. Beverage Professional Michael De Loach will determine wine pairings for each course and will be on-hand at the restaurant to speak to the evening’s selections. Tickets are $175 per person and available here.
Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Cocktail Dinner
Friday, March 1, 7:00 pm at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Palmer Campus
Join world-renowned mixologist Charlotte Voisey as she skillfully pairs cocktails showcasing Balvenie Doublewood Scotch at the pre-dinner reception and Hendrick’s Gin with the four-course tasting menu prepared by legendary Southern chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Chefs Scott Stefanelli and Donald Barickman of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Tickets are $150 per person and available here.
Bush Law Group, P.C. presents Big Bottles Tasting + Auction with Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Lowndes Grove Plantation
Join other discerning wine connoisseurs for a dynamic afternoon along the majestic Ashley River that will delight the eye as well as the palate. Board the shuttle in Marion Square and be transported to Lowndes Grove, where guests will be greeted with a glass of wine to enjoy as they listen to Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson give a brief wine talk. Then it’s on to the exciting live auction of rare, autographed and large format bottles from around the world as well as wine-related travel packages. Tickets are $125 per person and available here.
EDENS presents Food + Wine With a View: A Tribute to Frank Stitt
Saturday, March 2, 7:00 pm at Private Penthouse
In its first-ever tribute dinner, the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® pays homage to legendary Southern Chef Frank Stitt. He is recognized as one of the first chefs to infuse Southern food with the sophistication and techniques of the French countryside. The 2013 Food + Wine With a View dinner will unite a group of Southern chefs selected by Stitt, who together will create a menu showcasing his perspective on Southern cooking. Wines will be provided by Grassroots Wine. This is sure to be an evening to remember. Tickets are $1,000 per person and available here.
The Art Institute of Charleston presents Festival After Hours: Party Around the World
Saturday, March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 pm at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed
This year’s event will feature a new international twist to bring an even wider variety of food, drinks, performers and music. Experience cuisine and beverages representing countries including China, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico and more! Guests are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by their favorite featured country. Tickets are $100 per person and available here.
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina presents Rigs, Pigs + Swigs
Sunday, March 3, 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park
Some of the South’s best pitmasters will bring their best offerings to this celebration of all things barbeque. Enjoy a variety of beer, wine and cocktails to go along with a feast including pulled pork, brisket, seafood, chicken, and more. This year’s venue, the Mount Pleasant Visitors’ Center, located under the Ravenel Bridge, offers breathtaking views of the iconic Charleston skyline. It’s the best way to celebrate another great year of the Festival! Tickets are $85 per person and available here.