Looking for Something?
Special Access

Special Access

A perk for becoming a Friend of the Festival.

Friends of the Festival

The distinction of becoming a Friend of the Festival at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® is the ultimate way to celebrate the event and enjoy all of the benefits of being a VIP at one of the most sought-after food festivals in the country. The Friends program is an exclusive donor program (capped at 75) that provides members with Festival tickets, behind-the-scenes access to events, reserved seating, one-on-one interaction with celebrity chefs and sommeliers, privileges to sold-out events, private parties throughout the year, and so much more!”

The  Friends of the Festival donor program supports the Festival’s 501(c)(s) non-profit mission and lends a hand in raising charitable donations for local culinary scholarships. Friends also receive a portion of the program costs as a tax deduction.

2014 Friends

  • Melinda Allen
  • Carolyn Bishop-McLeod
  • E. Boineau & Company
  • Steve + Milvia Burns
  • Marc Chardon
  • Christian + Jennifer Clark
  • Melissa Clegg
  • Ann D. Fitts
  • Tim + Kelly Greene
  • Melonie Hammond-Trace
  • Donnette Hansen
  • Mr. + Mrs. William Hewitt
  • Chip Hoover
  • Nancye  Starnes + David  Hughes
  • Richard Jerue
  • Jim + Bettie Keyes
  • Lisa + Glenn Kline
  • Ms. Peggy Lewis
  • Annette Lombardi
  • Mr. + Mrs. Robert Maguire
  • Weesie + Tradd Newton
  • Stuart + Robin Reeves
  • Marcia + Denny Seremet
  • Mr. + Mrs. Martin & Kelly Skelly
  • Andi Volpe
  • Mr. + Mrs. John A. Wallace, Jr.
  • Rick Widman + Linn Lesesne

$5,000 Couple Receives

  • Two tickets to the Sponsor Recognition + VIP Party
  • Two tickets to the Sneak Preview of Grand Tasting Tent
  • Two tickets to the Culinary Village + Grand  Tasting Tent (Friday AM)
  • Two tickets to the Pop-Up Lounge during the Festival weekend
  • $2,500 in Festival event tickets

$2,500 Individual Receives

  • One ticket to the Sponsor Recognition + VIP Party
  • One ticket to the Sneak Preview of Grand Tasting Tent
  • One ticket to the Culinary Village + Grand Tasting Tent (Friday AM)
  • One ticket to the Pop-Up Lounge during the Festival weekend
  • $1,250 in Festival event tickets

All Friends Receive

  • Opportunity to select tickets to key, possible sold-out events after tickets go on sale
  • Special “Friends Entrance” to select events to avoid lines
  • Discounted hotel rate during the Festival weekend at select hotels
  • First chance to select Festival tickets before they go on sale
  • VIP Listing on website, Ticket Brochure and Festival Program
  • Invite to Exclusive Pre-Festival Event
  • Reserved seating at select Festival events
  • VIP Gift Bag $5 off Festival Merchandise
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year Percentage of donation is tax-deductible
  • Signed Official Festival Poster