FAQs

When does the festival take place?

Annually each year, the first full weekend of March. The 14th installment of Charleston Wine + Food will take place Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10, 2019.

When can I buy tickets for the 2019 festival?

Tickets for the 2019 festival go on sale August 29, 2018 at 8am with a full preview of the schedule available on August 28, 2018 at 8am.

What does Charleston Wine + Food benefit?

We are a year-round 501(c)3 non profit. We are proud to say that 93 cents of every dollar spent producing the annual festival is mission based and in 2018 the 5-day festival created an economic impact of $15.3 million. Additionally, we support One80 Place Training and several scholastic programs. Learn More.

Are kids or pets allowed at events?

All festival events are 21 and older. We love kids + furry friends, but no children, infants (even in strollers or carriers) or pets are allowed to attend any festival event for the safety of all parties.

Where do you park for events?

Parking lots/garages are located around Charleston, including across from Marion Square on King and Calhoun next to the Francis Marion Hotel. Look for the green “P” signs that indicate parking. Metered parking is also available on King, Calhoun and Meeting Streets. Meters must be paid daily until 10 PM (Mon. – Sat.).

How do I get around during the festival?

There are a variety of ways to get around in Charleston, but we recommend downloading the Lyft app, Charleston Wine + Food’s official rideshare partner, and requesting a ride to your desired location. There is a designated Lyft pick-up and drop-off location for the Culinary Village, located in front of the Francis Marion hotel. You can also hop on a bike through our city’s new bike share program, Holy Spokes. Charleston Wine + Food does not want attendees to drink and drive. We encourage our guests to take alternative means of transportation if impaired and unable to drive.

What events have shuttle service, do I have to take a shuttle service if it is provided?

Shuttles are included and required in some excursions and offsite events. The events that provide shuttling are marked on our schedule. Please check your ticket for shuttle information and time.

For questions regarding shuttle transportation, please contact ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com

Where is the best place to stay during the festival?

Please visit the “Partner” page on our website and scroll to the “Hotel” partners to check out the hotels that are official partners of Charleston Wine + Food. Several of these offer hotel packages that include tickets to Charleston Wine + Food events.

What is Charleston Wine + Food doing to address food waste?

We compost our waste and flatware! You will see numerous composting stations throughout the Culinary Village. At the completion of the festival we will be donating our compost to a local farm. 

Where is the most up-to-date information about the festival?

The latest festival news can be found on our website + any by receiving our e-newsletters. Sign up here so you don’t miss a beet.