Laura Kate Whitney Joins CHSWFF Team

Southern-based event and communications specialist Laura Kate Whitney has joined the Charleston Wine + Food team in the role of Marketing & Communications Director. Laura Kate will work closely with staff, partners and media to drive brand awareness and promotion of the annual five-day event. A veteran member of the CHSWFF team, Laura Kate’s involvement …Read More

a look at the 2015 festival

  Over five days, Charleston Wine + Food hosted over 107 events, our most delicious and fun Culinary Village ever, and toasted the decade with an unparalleled group of chefs, winemakers, authors, sponsors, volunteers, and guests. Thanks to all who traveled from near and far to celebrate the decade of Charleston Wine + Food! Enjoy …Read More

Don't Forget: Spring Forward

While automated for most of us on our phones, don’t forget to set your watches – we don’t want you to miss a moment of festival fun on Sunday, March 8 – the last day of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food. Cheers!

Get Your Festival News

If you aren’t already signed up to receive our newsletter, please add your email above where it says “Newsletter Sign-Up” and click “Subscribe” to receive all the details of festival fun. The button is on the header of our website. It’s quick, easy and you’ll enjoy videos, photographs and more from Charleston Wine + Food. Thanks for …Read More

Join Opening Ceremony

  Friday, March 6 @ 11am at the Culinary Village Music Stage Join Mayor Joe Riley, SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, Executive Director Gillian Zettler and special guests as we officially open the 10th Annual Culinary Village and give out the festival’s four prestigious awards for 2015: Frank Stitt Award, Marc Collins Chef Award, Laura …Read More


Don’t hesitate to ask staff or volunteers for help – you are our guest and we want you to have an amazing experience! – Gillian Z., Executive Director It’s a marathon – not a sprint. Drink plenty of Dasani water with your Rose. – Patrick Emerson, Beverage Tickets can be printed (one time only – …Read More

Charleston Receipts: Southern Storytelling at its Best

The inspiration for the festival’s highly anticipated Opening Night Gala celebrates a literary contribution of Charleston culinary history. Many Southern cooks count among their most prized possessions hand-written recipes passed down from generation to generation. These inherited gems are more than butter and sugar calculations; they are stories. They are glimpses into the past, into the …Read More

Storytellers of the Culinary South

For three years, Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with Southern Foodways Alliance, a member-supported organization at the University of Mississippi whose mission is to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. In fall of 2014, the Southern Foodways Alliance began working on The Saltwater South, a long-term oral …Read More

2015 Schedule at a Glance

Want to see the 2015 schedule in one glance? Now you can. Just click on the image to enlarge.  

Download 2015 Festival App

Want to customize the decade? You can! The 2015 festival App is officially live and available for free download in the iPhone App Store and Google Play starting today. The App provides one-stop to streamline and enrich the 2015 festival experience. With more than 100 demos in the Culinary Village alone and 107 events across Charleston, the App is a …Read More

A Whiskey, Tequila + a Gin Walk Into A Pop-Up Cocktail Bar...

Mix and mingle with some of the top mixologists in the country and taste some of the finest luxury spirits in the world at the new Pop-Up Cocktail Bar, presented by Bulleit Bourbon, located in the Culinary Village. Check the schedule below to plan your mixology experience in the Culinary Village. If smoky smooth bourbon is your choice …Read More




BB&T Charleston Wine + Food will celebrate the decade with our annual festival from March 4 – 8, 2015. The 10th annual festival is a grand celebration of the culinary treasures of Charleston and beyond with over 200 chefs (local and guest) coming in from around the country to cook, eat, drink, and celebrate 10 …Read More

Unveiling Art in A Glass: Canvas + Cocktails

Mix it up in the New Year! Join the festival in January for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s Mixology finals, where one of four cocktail finalists will be awarded the Official Cocktail of the 2015 festival. Sip cocktails inspired a decade of Charleston Wine + Food and enjoy the artful reveal of the original painting, …Read More

Meet The Stars of Our Most Indulgent Event

One of Charleston’s premier galleries on King Street, Michael Mitchell acts as the back drop for North + South + East + West, a gathering of some of the nation’s most touted Chefs as invited by Chef Frank Stitt. Celebrated chef, author, farmer and inspiration for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Frank Stitt National …Read More

A Holiday Toast + Tribute to Nathalie Dupree

In collaboration with Chef Frank Lee and his team, BB&T Charleston Wine + Food will pay tribute to Southern Grand Dame Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author, writer and advocate, at a very special holiday pre-festival event at Slightly North of Broad on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Nathalie Dupree is the founder of the New …Read More


BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s Mixology Competition is looking for the perfect cocktail to toast a decade of Charleston Wine + Food!  On Thursday, November 13th, join William Grant & Sons Brand Ambassador Host Charlotte Voisey as she reveals the details for the 2015 Official Festival Cocktail Mixology Competition along with Charleston Wine + Food …Read More

Green Hearts on Our Sleeve

The bountiful gardens at Mitchell Math & Science Elementary School buzzes with activity on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6pm– the official weekly volunteer day of Charleston’s Green Heart Project, a local non-profit that creates urban farms and farm-to-school programs. In the gardens, adult volunteers work with students to plant, harvest, weed, and cultivate personal responsibility with …Read More

In Memoriam

It is with great honor and respect that we celebrate the life of Laura Hewitt (9.15.2014), one of the founding members of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food, former Board Chair and Chair Emeritus. Laura was an incredible mentor to many of us at the festival. Along with her husband Bill, Laura was instrumental in the …Read More

The Scoop: Ticket Launch Week

On Wednesday, August 27th #CHSWFF launched our 2015 ticket schedule! Celebrating ten years of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food involves adding in even more festive, friendly fun to our beloved festival. From our launch party, new schedule, and new website – we’ve got a new story to tell! Last Wednesday night, we toasted the decade …Read More

A Sneak Peek + Experience the Decade

  Check our website the week of August 27 to see the schedule of events before the on sale date 1. Mark Your Calendar: The dates of the festival are Wednesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 8. The annual Opening Night Gala presented by the Art Institute of Charleston will kick off the festivities on …Read More

Meet Our Board of Directors

The board of directors of Charleston Wine + Food is a vital part of our non-profit. These professionals volunteer their time with support, feedback, and insight to help supervise and manage our organization. Heralding from a range of industry leaders in Charleston, the board shapes and steers our organization as a whole. They also enthusiastically …Read More

A Decade of Storytelling @ BB&T Charleston Wine + Food

Food is how a Southerner says hello and welcome. From a glass of sweet iced tea to our grandmother’s favorite family recipe, Southerners have been eating, drinking and sharing our food gospel for generations. Over the last decade, the culinary scene in Charleston has grown and blossomed into one of the most thriving hospitality communities …Read More

X Marks The Spot!

Did you know that X is the roman numeral for ten? Probably. But did you realize that X is the cross walk shape inside historic Marion Square, home of the heart of our festival’s Culinary Village? Hmmmm. How about that theX is actually our Wine + Food “+” sign turned sideways? Whoa – now you do! In honor of ten …Read More

Kicking Off 2015 Season of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food

This week marks the first time you can support our non-profit this season by purchasing tickets to our inaugural event, BB&T Charleston Wine + Food’s Annual Ticket Launch Party presented by Limehouse Produce! This year, we affectionately call our ticket launch event Party @ The Power House – it will be electric, so sizzle over and pick …Read More

Advanced Sommelier Patrick Emerson Joins BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival as Wine and Beverage Director

Patrick Emerson, founder of Communion Wine Club LLC. and outgoing Board member at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food, has joined the Festival as wine and beverage director in a consultant capacity. In his new role, Emerson will nominate and recruit top wineries, winemakers, distillers and brewers to participate in the Festival.  He will also …Read More