Treat yourself to the ultimate Charleston experience with this exclusive three night package for two in the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Touting the best view of the Holy City, you will savor every minute of your stay.. Rise and shine downtown then make your way to local Runnymede Plantation for fire-kissed dishes From the Ashes, or relish in an afternoon at the RiverOaks for our Iron + Oak Signature Event.John Rutledge House Inn: Wine + Food Gastronome Package Enjoy the historic elegance that is the John Rutledge House Inn and experience the new ambiance of Anson’s renovated space with a hotel package that has a flavor for every palette. You’ll satisfy more than just an appetite, as local architect David Thompson takes you through a variety of downtown restaurants exposing you to the story behind design in our new excursion Flavor by Design. This package caters to all your senses - you won’t want to miss out!
Grab your girls and head to Charleston for a wine lover’s dream weekend. Sip on wines from Michele Chiarlo during a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Indaco Wine Lunch with Executive Chef Kevin Getzewich + James Beard winner Chef Andrew Carmellini. Then head back to your hotel to determine which local somm takes home the ultimate bragging rights of Sumo Sommelier. The perks continue with available tickets to two Charleston Wine + Food traditions, the Culinary Village and Gospel Brunch. Your seats won’t be saved for long, so grab your tickets soon for an experience like no other!
- The 2015 festival is hosting 107 individual events, including 24 Signature Dinners, taking place throughout March 4-8 with 355 volunteers (and counting) by our side.
- The $85 ticket to Culinary Village (the heart of the festival - March 6-8) includes all-access to 13 distinct culinary experiences from 12pm - 6pm daily.
- The Culinary Village features 6 new tents including the Third Space presented by Summers Corner hosting over 80 intimate chef demos over three days. The Third Space will feature 5 smaller-tents representing Land, Air, Sea, Earth and Fire.
- Off of Third Space is Rose Garden + Grilling presented by Chateau D’Esclans featuring over 11 grilling demos, including a Grilled Cheese Competition on Saturday afternoon.
- The other side of Third Space will be the expanded Biergarten presented by Bay Street Biergarten featuring 14 breweries from the Carolinas and beyond. The back of the Third Space features our new Fire area where 2 whole Border Springs lambs will be on a spit and 5 Cowboy Cauldrons will grill up delights throughout the weekend.
- There are 62 participants in the Grand Tasting Tent presented by Baker Motor Company and 35 participants in the Artisan Market presented by Rewined throughout the Culinary Village.
- The Hands-On Kitchen presented by SCE&G features over 8 opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get into our kitchens!
- The Cookbook Retail Shop presented by Williams-Sonoma features 18 book signings with top cookbook and beverage authors.
- 1 bus! Southern Foodways Alliance is bringing their new Oral History Bus to collect Lowcountry oral histories at the Culinary Village throughout the festival for your listening pleasure all year long. SFA will also premiere their new maritime project at the festival, so enjoy culinary stories from the South Carolina coast all weekend.
- A new Music Stage featuring over 15 local bands will bring lively energy and music to the Culinary Village.
Photos by Stephen BlackmonGillian Zettler, Executive Director of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food, says, “The scope and mission of the Green Heart Project and their gardens are impressive, and we support their expansion into new schools to teach our kids where food comes from – seed to plate – while supporting personal development. It’s critical to developing engaged eaters.” During the staff’s volunteer day/ afternoon/ experience, the team harvested over 100 lbs of sweet potatoes, which are curing and will be incorporated into a new sweet potato recipe served to students by their school cafeteria in celebration of World Food Day (October 24). Drew Harrison, Executive Director of the Green Heart Project: “We cannot be more thrilled to be the Charleston Wine + Food community partner for 2015. For ten years now, the festival has celebrated the food and culinary culture that makes Charleston amazing. And as an organization centered on local, seasonal foods, the Green Heart Project looks to honor that same culinary culture as we teach our youth and community about the roll food plays in our lives.” For more information about the Green Heart Project, please visit their website or purchase pickled goodies from the program, t-shirts and more at The Park Café next to Hampton Park in Charleston, SC. For more images of our garden day with the Green Heart Project, click here.