With the countdown on for the 2018 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, we’re sharing our list of the best events under $100. Fill your stomach + soul with exciting experiences full of delicious bites, bubbly vino + good times.
Flavor by Design: Anything but Ordinary, Thursday, March 1st
An architect, a builder and a chef walk into a bar…
That’s the story behind one of Charleston’s premier dining rooms, The Ordinary. Join chef Mike Lata, builder Mark Regalbuto, and architect David Thompson as they share the secrets behind the acclaimed space. Top it all off with a visit to the American College of the Building Arts where you’ll meet an artisan who contributed to making The Ordinary anything but.
The Brewmaster’s Table, Thursday, March 1st
Move over vino, beer is back! You’ll crack open a cold one with James Beard Award-Winner Garrett Oliver as he discusses the art of beer + food pairing. In an exclusive live-cooking demonstration, Garrett will prepare small bites to compliment your favorite frothy brews to prove beer deserves its place at the table.
That’s Amore, Thursday, March 1st
Mamma mia! We’re bringing Italy to the streets of the Holy City where you’ll sway to sweet jazz tunes under the lights of a string-lit city block. Sip on Italian wines + spritz’ and spiral into a carb coma with lots a’ pasta + decadent desserts. Saluti!
Business of Food, Friday, March 2nd
Join some of the culinary world’s biggest players for an afternoon full of lively discussion about the future of food. In a two-part panel discussion, panelists like Curtis Duffy, Angie Mar + Charleston’s own Sean Brock will take the stage to discuss topics like social change, heritage ingredients + how they’re pushing culinary boundaries. Grab a seat for this enlightening discussion you’ll only find at CHSWFF.
Pecha Kucha + Choir! Choir! Choir!, Friday, March 2nd
Looking for an event to satisfy your stomach + your soul? Look no further than the fourth edition of Pecha Kucha, this time with a performance by Choir! Choir! Choir! The drill is simple. 8 speakers, 20 slides, 7 minutes. However, you’ll feel the energy as the room comes alive with exciting insights from top-notch speakers and a performance that will leave you with goosebumps. Grab a bite beforehand from local food trucks to round out an altogether unforgettable night.
Iron Mixologist, Saturday, March 3rd
Four of Charleston’s best bartenders will battle it out through three rounds of cocktail competition in hopes of taking of the title Iron Mixologist Title. Each bartender will have to bring creativity, speed, quick thinking and composure behind the bar as the face an imaginative kitchen pantry to impress a panel of top-shelf judges. Delicious cocktails, heart-pounding competition, and pure fun make this a can’t miss event during festival weekend!
Pinot NV!, Saturday, March 3rd
Enjoy an afternoon of pinot that’ll leave you red with NV! Grab a glass and get to sippin’ as you explore the bounty of pinot while sampling an array of food pairings ranging from savory to sweet. Your palate will delight in the sweet edge + powerful punch that is pinot.
No passports required for this globe-trotting culinary journey. A late night bash awaits you as you sample wines, cocktails + brews from around the world and sink your teeth into delicious bites from far off places. Dance the night away to DJ beats as you travel the world without ever leaving Charleston!
Namaste Bubbly, Sunday, March 4th
No champagne, no gain, right? This Sunday Funday will be filled fizz-ical activity + healthy fare as you find your zen with Sarah Frick of Charleston Power Yoga. Time to stretch it out for a morning guaranteed to be a downward dog’on good time.
Toasted, Sunday, March 4th
Time to toast another year of the Charleston Wine + Food festival! We’re capping off the 2018 festival with a barbecue bash full of smoky bites + brews set to the sounds of rockin’ live music. Meat sweats are likely, great time guaranteed.