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What's Your Story?

Uncork + unwind as we celebrate National Drink Wine Day with a spritz of festival flare. Today, Charleston Wine + Food is rolling out the #WhyIWineandFood campaign as part of this year’s festival theme, Experience Our Story. We want to highlight + share the stories of our community as a way to recognize the amazing people + places that make Charleston Wine + Food full of spirit + flavor.  So, cheers to each and every one of you - our culinary enthusiasts. Your story is our story!   Now for the real icing on the cake. You have the chance to win TWO Culinary Village tickets just for sharing your story! Visit one of our five participating locations downtown and snap a selfie (or a groupie) in front of a campaign-themed window or mirror. Share the photo along with your #WhyIWineandFood story, and presto, you are entered into the contest. Take a peek at what we’ve whipped up + keep reading for details on how you can share your story + win.  

Williams Sonoma




The Darling Oyster Bar




The Daily on King

  By visiting one of these 5 locations, snapping a quick picture, boomerang or selfie, + tagging @chswineandfood, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the Culinary Village. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhyIWineandFood in your post + share a little bit about your wine + food story in the caption!    Official directions on how to enter:
  1. Like this picture + follow @chswineandfood 👍
  2. Find a location with #WhyIWineandFood doodles + snap a picture in one of the mirrors or windows 📷 (See @chswineandfood story)
  3. Post the picture to instagram tagging @chswineandfood + using the hashtag #WhyIWineandFood share a little bit of your story in the caption! ✨
**Contest will end March 1st at 11:59pm EST.   The contest will officially close March 1st at 11:59pm EST. But don’t worry, our doodles will stay up all festival long so there’s plenty of time to check them out!  
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#BrunchSquad Sweepstakes Rules + Regulations

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the Sweepstakes. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. This Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, nor is Instagram associated with this Sweepstakes in any way. By entering, you acknowledge that Instagram bears no responsibility for this promotion and you release Instagram from any liability whatsoever in connection with this promotion. You understand that you are providing information to the Sponsor and not to Instagram. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Sweepstakes must be directed to the Sponsor, and not to Instagram. ENTRY PERIOD Sweepstakes starts at 10:00 AM on February 6, 2018 and ends on February 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST – Eastern Standard Time) (the 'Entry Period'). The Sweepstakes shall be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, all participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions herein. Certain restrictions may apply. TO ENTER To enter the “Hedley & Bennett x CHSWFF” sweepstakes ('Sweepstakes'), visit the Hedley & Bennett Instagram page at http://www.instagram.com/hedleyandbennett, follow @hedleyandbennett @chswineandfood + @cherrybombe and click on the Sweepstakes Announcement post, comment on the post and tag a friend (the “Entry”) for a chance to win. A limit of one (1) entry via the entry site per valid e-mail address/person will be accepted during this Sweepstakes.  All entries on the site must be received by 11:59 PM at February 9, 2018. Entry must be made by the entrant, only at the Entry Site. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other Internet web site or email address, including but not limited to commercial Sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited. SPONSOR The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Hedley & Bennett (the “Sponsor”). ELIGIBILITY The Sweepstakes is open to Instagram followers of @hedleyandbennett @chswineandfood + @cherrybombe who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry and who are meet the eligibility requirements. The officers, directors, employees, contractors, and agents of the Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Promotion Entities”) and the immediate families and those living in the same household of any of the above, are not eligible. All Federal, state and local rules and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. PRIZE(S) Prize(s) consists of the 2 tickets to Charleston Wine + Food's #BrunchSquad event, a flight voucher to get you to Charleston, a complimentary hotel stay at Fulton Lane Inn (March 2 and 3, 2018), a Hedley & Bennett apron + socks, and two copies of the Cherry Bombe cookbook. The odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received. All prizes are awarded "as is" with no guarantee, either express or implied. If by reason of a printing, typographical, administrative or other error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these official rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised number of prizes available in the prize category in question. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. The prize will be shipped to the winner at the expense of the Sponsor. WINNER SELECTION One (1) winner will be selected by random drawing around February 10, 2018 or earlier, and will be notified via social media direct message within 1 week(s) of this date. Winner may be required to execute and return required notarized Affidavit of Eligibility/ Release of Liability within 30 days of notification. Once executed Affidavit of Eligibility/ Release of Liability is received, winner has one month to claim the prize package. Failure to respond to notifications, return all required forms within 30 days or comply with any other provision may result in the winner being disqualified and an alternate winner selected. If a prize notification or a prize is returned as undeliverable for any reason, the applicable prize may be awarded to an alternate winner. Prizes are not transferable, assignable, or redeemable for cash. All decisions are final. All Federal, state and local tax liabilities are the responsibility of the winners. GENERAL Entrants release and waive any claims they may have against Promotion Entities for any and all injuries, claims, damages, losses, costs, or expenses of any kind (including without limitation attorney's fees) resulting from acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize or parts thereof, or participation in this Sweepstakes. If for any reason, this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, or if this Sweepstakes or any web site associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper playing of the Sweepstakes and processing of entries in accordance with these rules, or if infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, in the Sponsor's sole opinion, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual implicated in such action and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this Sweepstakes or any portion thereof. In the event this Sweepstakes is cancelled, the Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a random drawing to award all remaining prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect online entries received prior to the time of the action or event warranting such cancellation. If such cancellation, termination, modification, or suspension occurs, notification will be posted at the Entry Site. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and/or civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Where a dispute arises about who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the name appearing on the entry. The Promotion Entities and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations and advertising and promotional agencies, and all of their officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents are not responsible for: any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; failures, omissions, interruptions, deletions or defects of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including without limitation any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes; inability to access the Entry Site; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or the Internet or any web site (including the Entry Site) or for any other reason whatsoever; printing or other errors; any entries which are late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, mutilated, illegible, or any combination thereof. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. False, fraudulent or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants affirm that they have read and accepted these Official Rules. The Sweepstakes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts of the United States and waive the right to have disputes arising out of the subject matter hereof adjudicated in any other forum. Any entry information collected from the Sweepstakes shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by entrants at the time of the entry, with these Official Rules and with the Charleston Wine + Food's Privacy Policy. WINNERS LIST For an official list of winners, send an email to: alyssa@charlestonwineandfood.com
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Cocktail Competition Finalist: Dan Williams of The Darling Oyster Bar

The Midnight hour shines a little brighter with Dan Williams Midnight Sun Cocktail. Bursting with local ingredients, 2018 Cocktail Competition finalist takes his favorite tequila drink and spices it up with Southern Twist Ginger & Jalapeno Syrup. After spending time at Stars and then Cypress, Dan is now the bar Manager at The Darling Oyster Bar. Heating up the competition with his Midnight Sun cocktail containing a mix of lime, local Southern Twist Ginger & Jalapeno Syrup, and Chile liqueur this spicy drink will keep you going long past sunset. We had a chance to sit down with him and ask where his inspiration for this sizzling masterpiece comes from. Keeping with Charleston's tradition of using local ingredients is what inspired his twist on a classic tequila cocktail. Dan says staying “true to food and true to drinks” is something he has learned throughout his time behind the bars of Charleston.   A regular attendee to the Culinary Village, Dan is excited to participate this year in a Charleston Wine + Food event. Although the crowds are larger than the average bar allows, Dan is confident he can shake things up. Catch Dan Williams and our three other contestants at the Charleston Wine + Food's Souls + Saints: Día de los Muertos event on November 1st. Buy your tickets and be sure to vote for Dan as your crowd favorite! SaveSave SaveSave
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Find the Truck

Limehouse Produce, a proud annual supporter of Charleston Wine + Food, has wrapped a delivery truck again with a special festival design to celebrate and promote the 2017 festival. The wrapped truck features images from Charleston Wine + Food's 2017 ad campaign. This year's truck showcases a female eating a watermelon sourced by Limehouse Produce, and can be seen driving around town making deliveries. Steps to get involved are: 1.    People that “Find the Truck” can snap a photograph 2.    Post the photo to Facebook and tag: Limehouse Produce and Charleston Wine + Food 3.    OR tag on Instagram: @limehouselocal and @chswineandfood 4.    Include the hashtag #CHSWFFLimehouseTruck One lucky person who submits an image will be selected randomly to win four tickets to Sinister Siesta presented by The National Pork Board on Sunday, March 5 located at The Royal American. The deadline to submit photos is Monday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. for consideration. Anyone can submit photos and there is also no limit to the amount that one posts to the sites. Limehouse Produce does ask that all photos are done parked and not while driving a vehicle.
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Local Love: CWF Excellence Scholarship Recipient 2016-2017

On a sunny southern January day, we sat across from an eager and animated college freshman who exclaimed, “I knew Charleston was where I was meant to be. I even wrote myself a letter, four years before attending, affirming, College of Charleston was my dream school.” Jane Muller, the 2016-2017 Charleston Wine + Food scholarship recipient continued, “I wouldn’t be here without my scholarship award, and I am so grateful for that.”   Since starting school in August, the young freshman has settled into southern city life + adores everything about Charleston’s historic charm. She also enthusiastically embraces the lowcountry food scene, which boasts plenty of restaurant options to satisfy her love of chicken. “My favorite restaurant has to be Magnolia’s, they have the best fried chicken,” shared Jane.   Hailing from Long Island, New York, Jane has a passion for traveling, eating great food + helping people. Naturally, Jane fell in love with the hospitality industry and knew Charleston was the place to explore that passion. After applying for many scholarships offered through the School of Business at the College of Charleston, Jane stumbled upon the Charleston Wine + Food scholarship opportunity.   Charleston Wine + Food has been awarding the Excellence Scholarship to a College of Charleston freshman each year since 2008. In 2016 Charleston Wine + Food had a $9.1 million impact on the Charleston economy and the Excellence Scholarship is just one of the ways Charleston Wine + Food stimulates the Charleston economy. In addition to the scholarship, each recipient is also offered internship and mentorship opportunities with Charleston Wine + Food, which allowed many of the past recipients to obtain great jobs in the Charleston community.   Required to apply, the application is a simple essay describing a hospitality event the applicant has been a part of + what it means to them. Charleston Wine + Food will continue to #PourIntoCharleston by awarding scholarships to students at the College of Charleston throughout the upcoming years.   *This blog post was written by our 2016-2017 Charleston Wine + Food CofC Fellows. Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with the College of Charleston to offer a communications senior capstone class the opportunity to work with the festival. 
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Meet The Finalists: Anthony Kearse

Meet our first of four 2017 cocktail competition finalists, Anthony Kearse!  Anthony is the resident bartender at Feathertop in downtown Charleston, but is sure ready to bring some Louisiana flair to the Lowcountry and spice up the competition!  We sat down with Anthony to get the 411 on his background + his cocktail. Without further ado: Q: Where's your hometown and where do you currently bartend? A: I was born in Louisiana, but am an Army Brat and spent the last 20 years off and on in Columbia, SC.  Bartender at Feathertop. Q: What is the name of the cocktail you entered in the competition? A: Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City. Q: Best bar for drinks with friends? A: The Whig (Columbia, SC) Q: Favorite drink to make? A: Dealer’s Choice. Q: Best part about being a bartender in Downtown Charleston? A: Meeting other bartenders and people since moving to Charleston. Q: Best-kept bartending secret? A: I have a lab at home with over 400 bottles! Q: Anything you want to say about your three competitors? A: Live, learn, and have fun! BONUS Question: Your spirit cocktail? A: Gin & Tonic!

Join us Wednesday, December 7th for our Rum Rum Rudolph Cocktail Crawl to meet all four finalists as they present their one-of-a-kind, rum-centric cocktails. No tickets needed! Information can be found here

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Top Chef Bingo

This is not your Grandma's game of BINGO. To celebrate the season premier of Top Chef Charleston we decided to throw a little shindig with the help of our friends at Bay Street Biergarten and although we aren't crowning a Top Chef master chef, there will be winnings + swag. The name of the game is Top Chef Twitter BINGO and as you expected BINGO rules apply. Our BINGO boards will be filled with potential happenings from the season premiere. Follow along and cover spaces as they happen on the big screen. (If you can't join us in person, play along virtually and download your BINGO board here). The Rules / How to Play  1.) Join us at Bay Street Biergarten on December 1st, 9:30pm EST to watch the season premiere live or play along virtually from home (download your BINGO board here). 2.) Make sure to follow @chswineandfood on Twitter and use the hashtags #CHSWFF + #TOPCHEFBINGO 3.) Tweet each time you cover a space. Remember to use the hashtags #CHSWFF + #TOPCHEFBINGO 4.)Take photo of Bingo board and send a Twitpic to @chswineandfood with hashtags when you cover 5 spaces in a row (horizontal, vertical + diagonal). 5.) Win cool stuff + repeat Join us as we tune into Bravo to watch Tom Colicchio taste something and hate it, or feel the heat in the kitchen rise as a chef says those dreaded six words “I could be going home tonight.” Follow along as you watch the chefs battle for those coveted Top Chef bragging rights right here in the Holy City.  As we tweet it, you mark it. Insider’s tip: don’t go about this alone. Invite your friends to join you at Bay Street Biergarten or host a gathering at home. We can’t wait to see you on Twitter as you score BINGO and win awesome CHSWFF prizes.  
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RUM, don't walk to this cocktail crawl!

On the 12th year of CHSWFF my true love gave to me: RUM. Our annual cocktail competition is in full force, and this year we’ll be rumming our way through downtown Charleston in celebration of the city’s rich cocktail history + culture. Join us Wednesday, December 7th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm to meet our four finalists as they present their one-of-a-kind, rum-centric cocktails. Tout your tackiest Christmas sweater and/or antlers and embark on a very merry cocktail crawl as you jingle bell rock your way to each finalist’s home bar. The holiday hoopla gets underway at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel at 5:00 pm. Be sure to snag your Rum, Rum Rewards Coaster to be stamped at all four locations. As you move to each bar, delight in each unique libation, which can be purchased for just $3. We will reside at each bar for 45 minutes to ensure your tidings are handled with care as we mix + jingle our way to a holly jolly, good time. The winner of the evening’s reindeer games will be announced just after 9p.m. at our final stop, Scarecrow. Upon arrival, turn in your completed Rum, Rum Rewards Coaster to win cool CHSWFF swag. All participants will receive a current issue of Imbibe and one lucky, random entry will receive a one-year subscription to Imbibe, as well as two tickets to What the Pho?, supported by Food Republic, where all four finalists will be featured. No ticket is needed to participate.  Let’s refresh: 5p.m. - Start at The Bar at The Spectator to sip on Allen Lancaster's "No Bunny's Bizness". 6p.m. - Pull up a stool at The Cocktail Club for a Ryan Welliver's "Storm the Beach". 7p.m. - No time to slow down. Land at Feathertop and throw back Anthony Kearse's "Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City". 8p.m. - You’ve made it to the finish line. Get comfy cozy at Scarecrow and enjoy Jeremiah Schenzel's "Of Saints and Sailors". 9p.m. or a few minutes after - 2017 Official Cocktail and "Crowd Favorite" announced + prizes awarded. Hop on over to our Facebook event page for updates + let us know you plan to mix + mingle with us!
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Cocktail Competition Semi-final: Get the Rum Down

On Monday, November 7th, a panel of esteemed judges representing Charleston’s vibrant cocktail community gathered for a private tasting at Le Creuset Atelier to select finalists for Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Cocktail Competition. Four local bar pros were selected from nearly 30 preliminary participants to compete for the chance to win bragging rights as the creator of the Official 2017 Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail. Supported by IMBIBE, this year’s competition challenged the mixologists to create an original cocktail inspired by rum. Our  contestants delivered fabulous renditions, but four bar bros truly popped the top off our expectations! Introducing the 2017 CHSWFF Cocktail Competition Finalists + Cocktails (in no particular order): Allen Lancaster, The Spectator Hotel : "No Bunny's Bizness"     no-bunnys-bizness Jeremiah Schenzel, Scarecrow: "Of Saints and Sailors" of-saints-and-sailors Anthony Kearse, Feathertop: "Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City" havana-turkey-shoot Ryan Welliver, The Cocktail Club: "Hamil-time" hamil-time Save the Date for our finalist round on December 7th in the form of a festive, rum-tastic event: Rum, Rum Rudolph! Final judging and our 2017 Cocktail Competition Winner will be announced at this event. Come rum, come all!
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Grab Your Shakers + Rum, Chucktown: It’s Cocktail -O-Clock!

We’re calling all cocktail connoisseurs currently working in Charleston's bar, restaurant, and spirits industry to join us Monday, November 7th, for Round 1 of our annual Cocktail Competition, presented by Imbibe. All participants will prepare a rum-inspired cocktail to be presented in a blind tasting at Le Creuset Atelier. Four cocktails will then be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges to move to the final round on December 7th during a signature event. The winning mixologist will be announced that night as the 2017 Cocktail Competition winner, and the best part? This title doesn’t only come with bragging rights... The 2017 Cocktail Competition Finalists:
  • Will be featured at the Round 2 Signature Cocktail Event on December 7, 2016
  • Will be featured at Charleston Wine + Food Signature Event, What the Pho?, Saturday, March 4th 
  •  Will have the opportunity to be featured in the 2017 CHSWFF Culinary Village 
The 2017 Cocktail Competition Winner:
  • Will be featured at Opening Night as the 2017 CHSWFF Official Cocktail, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 
  • Will be featured at Charleston Wine + Food Signature Event, What the Pho?, Saturday, March 4th 
  • Will be featured in an intimate demonstration at the SieMatic VIP Lounge, Saturday, March 4th 
  • Will be featured on ImbibeMagazine.com 
  • Will be the featured guest at a Bar Takeover at Porchlight in New York, NY (includes one night stay + $300 JetBlue gift card toward roundtrip airfare)
How to enter? Simply follow this link, sign up, and get your shaker ready to rock. Official rules + more info can be found here.
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We totally get it. The 2018 festival has a lot going on. Let us guide you through the ticketing process, answer any questions, and help point you in the right direction.

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635 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 101, Charleston, SC 29403