February 28 - March 4, 2018

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10 Can't Miss Events Under $100

It’s crunch time people! With the festival less than almost a week away, those looking to purchase last minute tickets to the best events can look no further. Check out our favorite events under $100 here: Fowl Mouth - $95 This’ll be the best #partyfowl you’ve ever seen. Check us out at Cooper River Brewing Co. for all things winged fowl. Accompany your smoky snacks with fresh beer, wine, and deep bourbon cocktails at this low-key hangout that’s sure to kick off your weekend the right way! Dynamic Drinking: Making Sinsky Of It All - $95 For one of the best deals of the festival, make your friends jealous with this once in a lifetime chance to hear what Master Sommeliers and elite vineyard owners have to say about some of the best wine in the world. Sustainable and environmentally friendly wines are the focus of this panel, so sit back and get ready to have your tastebuds tannon-talized! Commodores + Admirals - $75 Think delicious party at Charleston’s hottest new late night hangout, The Commodore. Yummy snacks and craft cocktails to be provided by Roti Rolls accompanied by special guests from The Lot on James Island and Eric Warnstedt of the Hen of the Wood (Burlington, VT). Come dance the night away with us at CHSWFF’s hottest new event of 2017! The Ice Age of Mixology - $75 Ever wondered what it takes to make a good cocktail? Fresh mixers, elite liquor, and ICE, of course! Come to Proof with mixologist Charlotte Voisey to learn how ice can make or break a great drink. What The Pho? - $70 Oodles of East-Asian inspired noodles and high energy music by DJ Rehab, this event held at the Le Creuset Atelier is sure to go down in the history books. Imagine a dozen of your favorite local and guest chefs partyin’ all night long- chopsticks provided. The Business of Food - $70 With guests speaker stars like Chef Danny Meyer, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Darcy Shankland, and Steve Palmer, those looking to get the inside scoop on the restaurant business look no further. Those already in the local food + bev business, enter code INDY17 and receive a $25 ticket! Namaste Bubbly - $65 Join us in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory for an exclusive yoga class taught by local favorite Cortney Ostrosky followed by Sunday champs and healthy fare. Round up your friends and let’s get fizzical! Pedals + Pints - $65 Bring your own bike or rent one from Trek Mt. Pleasant for a stylish, leisurely ride through downtown Charleston with your favorite brewmasters. Reward yourself after with local food truck bites and drafts; this event is sure to be snatched up by beer and bicycle lovers everywhere, so don’t wait! Iron Mixologist - $65 This live action, Iron Chef America-style cocktail combat is back and supported by Imbibe to bring guests the ultimate exhilarating experience. Enjoy exclusive cocktails crafted by local mixologists at Bar Mash and watch the competition unfold! Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food - $40 Join an all-star lineup of local chefs and restaurateurs MC’ed by Tradesman Brewing Company’s Chris Winn to be inspired by food + bev chatter and snacks + drinks. Get your tickets now for this 3rd time event that’s sure to be the opposite of boring. Didn't find the event curated perfectly for you + your crew? No fear! Find a complete list of all of our events with a simple click!
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Of Rice + Rum: A Middleton Tradition

The last day of the festival is typically reserved for the events we’re most proud of- annual traditions and historical dinners grace our Sundays full of pride and love for the Lowcountry.  For our twelfth year, we’ll be at the illustrious Middleton Place for “Of Rice + Rum” to learn from their specialists and a few of our own (Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills) about the centuries-old story of rice in South Carolina.  Presented by Mount Gay Rum, those dishes with a backstory will be highlighted by the oldest rum in the world from the island of Barbados.  Join us for an event you won’t soon forget! Keep scrolling to learn about our favorite grain’s origins at Middleton Place and what makes this ingredient so special.  Much of what follows is excerpted from the book, Beyond the Fields – Slavery at Middleton Place: Jamal Hall, a historic interpreter at Middleton Place, demonstrates the process by which grains of rice were prepared for market. Rice was placed in a mortar and “beaten” or pounded with the square end of a pestle to remove the husk from the grain. Fanner baskets to separate the rice from the bran were the final step before the grain was packed into barrels, made by skilled slave coopers, for shipment to English ports. At Middleton Place, the interpretation of rice cultivation has evolved from the display of somewhat romantic images by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith on display in the Mill to a demonstration rice field planted annually with a small crop of the famous Carolina Gold grain. Rice cultivation, although introduced in the 1690s, did not provide a significant cash crop for planters until the 1700s. As the rice industry grew, so too did the need for more laborers to work the rice fields, especially workers experienced in cultivating the grain. That meant the importation of increasing numbers of slaves from the western coast of Africa, an area stretching from what is now Senegal to Sierra Leone and Liberia. In this region the inhabitants had been growing and consuming rice for centuries. On Africa’s Atlantic Rice Coast, rice, along with seafood, was the major source of nourishment. In their clay cooking pots, coastal Africans cooked rice in various ways. One very special dish combined rice, spices, seafood or sometimes meat. These gumbos or pilafs (also spelled pillau or perloo), as we now know them, were introduced into this country by slaves and became staple dishes on southern tables. If you’re craving more, don’t wait any longer- purchase your pass to Middleton Place now! http://cwf.obviouslee.com/events/of-rice-rum/ Programing at Middleton Place includes a number of annual events specific to rice culture. On April 22nd and 23rd (subject to weather conditions), visitors will may join a costumed historic interpreter in planting Carolina Gold Rice – the crop that defined the Low Country. Presentations will also be given on the cultivation, processing and cultural impact of rice in South Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. Several months later in August or September, depending upon the weather and growing season, the rice field will be harvested and hands-on activities such as threshing, pounding and fanning the rice will be demonstrated. For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org  
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Top 10 Festival Wines Under $30

With the festival just one month away, at Charleston Wine + Food we think everyone deserves a drink right now!  In order to ensure everyone has the chance to taste the best vinos on the market right now, our partner Bottles has graciously provided a list of delectable wines all under $30!  Affordable wine that still tastes amazing? Be sure to stop by their Wine Retail Tent in the Culinary Village to snag a bottle for yourself.

List curated by Mike van Beyrer

Lioco Chardonnay 2014: $19.99

This Sonoma County pick is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. Vinification and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh throughout. One of the very best values in California Chardonnay you’ll come across.  

Lioco “Sativa” Carignane 2014: $29.99, 92 points Vinous

The 2014 Sativa, 100% old-vine Carignan from Mendocino County, is one of the most striking wines in this price range. A host of inky blue and purplish-hued fruits, mint, spices and leather make a strong impression.  

Felino Malbec 2015: $20.99

This Malbec is always a terrific value, showcasing Mendoza fruit with a California style, and at a great price.  Paul Hobbs and Nicolas Catena are behind this gem.  

Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2014: $19.99

Lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality.  A perfect pair for grilled lamb chops, sausages, and chickpea stew.  

Patton Pinot Noir 2014: $22.99, 90 Points Vinous

A pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind.  

Omero Pinot Noir 2014: $23.99

This sublime Oregon Pinot comes from a tiny family owned winery in Carlton, OR. Everything is organic, hand harvested and hand crafted at Omero and this is their largest production offering at just 2100 cases. Cinnamon, vanilla and sandalwood complement the opulent cherry fruit along with notes of rhubarb and sassafras.  

Adelaida Zinfandel 2013: $21.99

Aromas of dried cherries, anise, and Christmas spice. Flavors of crushed raspberries, cranberries, grated nutmeg, chocolate shavings.  Pairs well with barbecued tri-tip with caramelized onions, grilled lamb chops with pistachio salsa verde, carnitas tacos with tomatillo salsa.  

Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir 2015: $27.99

A deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck.  

Kivelstadt Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2015:  $19.99

Expressive scents and flavors of Meyer lemon, quince and pungent herbs, along with notes of ginger and chalky minerals. Silky and expansive in the mouth, with a floral quality adding complexity. Finishes focused and dry, with dusty citrus pith and mint nuances clinging.  

Kivelstadt Red Blend 2013:  $23.99

Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard.  The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new French oak for 16 months and is our bistro style red wine - versatile with an array of cuisine.
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A Whiskey, Tequila + a Gin Walk Into A Pop-Up Cocktail Bar...

Mix and mingle with some of the top mixologists in the country and taste some of the finest luxury spirits in the world at the new Pop-Up Cocktail Bar, presented by Bulleit Bourbon, located in the Culinary Village. Check the schedule below to plan your mixology experience in the Culinary Village. Charleston_Wine_And_Food_PopUp_Cocktail_BarIf smoky smooth bourbon is your choice of spirit, be sure to catch Diageo USA’s luxury brand mixologist, Elayne Duff in action. Elayne will showcase Bulleit 10, a selected reserve whiskey in a variety of cocktails. Bulleit 10 has been aged for 10 years in charred American white oak barrels – which means that the Bulleit 10 you’ll be sipping was created the same year that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival started – how fitting! elayne_duff If whiskey wets your whistle, Todd Richman, who was honored with the prestigious award of Best American Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in 2013 will be presenting classic and modern cocktails featuring rye whiskey and Crown Royal while behind the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar. There is nothing old fashioned about one of his Crown Royal Old Fashioned cocktails. todd_richman If tequila is your passion, Gina Castillo will illustrate the craftsmanship of Tequila Don Julio, made from 100% purse blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco. Agave plants grow for seven to ten years before being harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. Don’t miss the chance to sample the world’s first luxury tequila. gina_castillo If gin brightens your palate, Tanqueray No. 10 will be featured in the ever-classic South Side cocktail, presented by Rachel Ford (aka Lady Tanqueray). Why the number 10? Not only on-trend to celebrate a decade of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Tanqueray No. 10 is crafted in a small No. 10 still. This award winning spirit is in the World Spirits Hall of Fame. Now that’s something to raise a glass to. rachel_ford Enjoy the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar courtesy of the festival's Official Cocktail Sponsor Diageo USA, and help us #ToastTheDecade. Cheers!
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COUNTDOWN TO THE DECADE: FESTIVAL BY THE NUMBERS

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food will celebrate the decade with our annual festival from March 4 – 8, 2015. The 10th annual festival is a grand celebration of the culinary treasures of Charleston and beyond with over 200 chefs (local and guest) coming in from around the country to cook, eat, drink, and celebrate 10 years of BB&T Charleston Wine + Food. Over 48 winemakers, mixologists and beer experts will join to toast the decade in 2015. With over 100 events showcasing the very best that Charleston has to offer, here are some numbers to celebrate the decade.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Hands-On Kitchen presented by SCE&G features over 8 opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get into our kitchens!
  8. The Cookbook Retail Shop presented by Williams-Sonoma features 18 book signings with top cookbook and beverage authors.
  9. 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.
  10. A new Music Stage featuring over 15 local bands will bring lively energy and music to the Culinary Village.
The countdown is officially on for BB&T Charleston Wine + Food in March - come and join the festival fun! Culinary Village Map
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