2023 Annual Report

Our Mission:

To celebrate, educate, enrich, and promote the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community through world-class experiences.

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Our Purpose:




people attended the 2023 festival

73% female

Average age: 47.8

93% college educated


out of town attendees


stayed in paid accommodations

4.3 nights

average length of stay

In the Market For




airline tickets


kitchen equipment


hotel room or vacation rental in Charleston






credit card


house in Charleston

Economic Impact


Measured economic impact on the Charleston region over 5 days


average visitor spend per person


visited Charleston primarily to attend the festival


stayed in accommodations in Downtown Charleston


stayed in accommodations in Mount Pleasant


stayed in accommodations in North Charleston


total state + local taxes generated

By the Numbers


total media reach


media impressions


featured articles

91% positive sentiment

top placements include Forbes, SAVEUR, VinePair, The Local Palate


total website views


website users


mobile app users

top states for web traffic: SC, GA, NC, VA, NY, FL, CA, OH, TX, MI


oysters shucked


minority businesses supported

Events hosted across


cities + towns

8,868 miles

the farthest a chef traveled, from Chiang Mai, Thailand

4,713 miles

the farthest a winemaker traveled, from Livorno, Italy

Talent hailed from

6 countries and 30 states


2023 Festival Programming

Culinary Village

For foodies, true joy comes from experiencing all that food brings to the table: exploration, discovery, connection, and joy – on the plate, in the glass, and around the table. Set against a landscape like no other, enter the Culinary Village where you’ll find a creative playground dishing out the flavors of Charleston on a diverse + generous plate; a celebratory platform for the contrasts that create this flavor; and a connecting force for the community + industry.

3 days

of flavor-packed fun


Culinary Village attendees


90 chef demos

totaling 114,175 bites of food


South Carolina-based exhibitors

17 vineyards + wineries in the Corkyard

17 breweries in the Beer Garden

62 artisans + vendors sampling + selling artisanal product and bespoke goods


City of Charleston Wine + Food Street Fest

The first-ever City of Charleston Wine + Food Street Fest, located in the heart of downtown along King Street, was a celebration of all things local. The free, family-friendly event showcased a diverse sampling of small businesses, food trucks, live music, entertainment, and a surprise appearance by the Burke High School Marching Band and Mayor Tecklenberg.

3,600+ attendees

from Downtown Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, and more


local businesses featured

“The event was totally awesome. I love when when the community comes together it shows love, unity, family, food, music, laughter, and all on one accord, that’s the Charleston I love and Street Fest did just that.” – From a participating local business

Giving Back

We think Charleston is a pretty special place that is filled with talented professionals, businesses, and entrepreneurs. It makes us proud to reinvest directly into our local businesses + community.

Culinary Scholars

One of our core purposes as an organization is elevating the skills + knowledge of our local industry. In our efforts to regenerate + resource the next generation of culinary + hospitality talent in the Lowcountry – a destination known worldwide for its food, culture, and charm – the Charleston Wine + Food Culinary Scholars Program was born.

35 students

representing four CCSD High School Culinary Programs


hours worked 

The Culinary Scholars Program enabled students to learn, work, and gain experience in the culinary + hospitality industry. Students experienced work-based learning on site during the festival, earned wages, and acquired academic credit that can count towards the requirement of the Career and Technology Education Program. 

Participating Talent

179 Local Chefs

109 Visiting Chefs

65 Wine Professionals

98 Beer + Spirits Professionals

29 artists, musicians, and experts

10 farmers + purveyors


It takes a village to put on a festival, and we are so grateful to our Partners who make this event possible.

Our 2023 Partners

A Wine + Food Festival with Many Layers – Just Like You

NOTE: Attendee data reported in this annual report was obtained via an online survey designed using Qualtrics.com and distributed by College of Charleston Office of Tourism Analysis. The survey was sent via email to all ticket holders who purchased their tickets online. The response rate was 23.6%.


*Website metrics recorded July 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023