The event schedule for the 2014 Festival, happening March 6 – 9, went up on our website for review earlier this week.  This year’s schedule features new events,  new talent, and new venues throughout the Holy City as the Festival continues to innovate and grow. To make your selection process a little easier, we’ve put together a list of  some events that are new and noteworthy this year!

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Williams Knife Co. and Charleston City Paper present Pluff Mud Oyster Roast: Charleston and oyster roasts go hand in hand, and this event, which will be located at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s Lookout Pavilion, will feature oysters from a variety of local purveyors as well as side dishes prepared by local and guest chefs. Bring on the hushpuppies and Brunswick Stew!


Revamped 2014 Culinary Village: This year, The Culinary Village in Marion Square will feature an all-new layout. Festival guests can sample food and drink from high-quality vendors in the The Baker Motor Company Grand Tasting Tent. The Open Air Artisan Market will offer a selection of packaged food and beverages, Festival retail items, a Charleston Cooks! shop with books authored by Festival chefs, a Le Creuset pop-up shop and more! In the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen Tent, attendees will enjoys food and beverage while watching demonstrations from local and guest chefs as well as authors and beverage professionals. These demos will be separately ticketed events for 2014 – you can see the full schedule here.

Stacked: A Sandwich Showcase: Using bread from the local Brown’s Court Bakery and meats from Creminelli Fine Meats, chefs pay tribute to the beloved sandwich. Come see how participants, including Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles and Derek Falta of local favorite Bull Street Gourmet, create their own take on classic Italian sandwiches.

New luncheons and dinners: As in past years, the Festival will showcase Charleston’s newest and most popular restaurants; events will take place at acclaimed hot spots all over town. Dinners at Xiao Biao Biscuit, Two Borough’s Larder, Edmund’s Oast, and Butcher & Bee and luncheons at Proof, Fish, Stars Rooftop & Grillroom, and Coda del Pesce combine food with a signature cocktail, wine, or beer pairing.

SieMatic New + Notables Dinner: Last years participants nominated the chefs for the 2014 event, which will take place at the Thomas Bennett House. Talent will include local chef Jason Stanhope of FIG, guest chefs Justin Burdett of Ruka’s Table in Highlands, NC, Brett Cooper of San Francisco’s Outerlands, Michael Toscano of Perla in New York City, guest pastry chef Jenna Hodges of Denver’s Colt & Gray and guest winemaker Noah Dorrance of Banshee Wines. Enjoy an evening of food and wine with these rising culinary stars!

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Manchester Farms presents At Home with Celebrity Tastemakers: Venture to the beautiful William Aiken House on King Street to sample recipes from featured books as well as wines from guest winemakers. In addition, celebrated authors such as John Currence, Edward Lee, Anne Quatrano, Andy Ricker, Gabriel Rucker, Michael Ruhlman, and Nancy Silverton will be stationed throughout the historic home and courtyard to sign copies of their books.

These events are just a taste of all the culinary experiences offered at this year’s Festival. See the complete schedule of events here.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 18th, so mark your calendars today! You don’t want to miss out on these or any of the other exciting events that will take place this year!