How is Charleston Wine + Food addressing COVID-19?

The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing day by day. We have been closely monitoring the situation, seeking guidance from government + community leadership and staying in close communication with our local food + beverage community. Due to the state of the crisis in Charleston and the uncertainty that many local restaurants + businesses are establishing, together with its staff and Board of Directors, Charleston Wine  + Food has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


We remain in close communication with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and are continuing to conduct research on best practices so we will be prepared once it is safe to have an in-person event again.

What is Charleston Wine + Food doing to support the culinary + hospitality community during COVID-19?

At this time, our local community and community-at-large faces challenges that we did not think could ever be possible. As an organization that strives to be a catalyst for connection, we are using our platform to amplify the messages of our community. 


If you or your business is running a promotion, adding a delivery service, providing meals for kids, or taking any other action in response to this situation, we want to help you get the word out. Our channels are dedicated to supporting you + your efforts. Tag us for a repost @chswineandfood, DM us your info, or email us at marketing@charlestonwineandfood.com.

Where does the festival take place?

Events take place all across Charleston! We’ve historically held events across the Charleston Peninsula as well as in West Ashley, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Johns Island.

What does Charleston Wine + Food benefit?

We are a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are proud to say that 95 cents of every dollar spent producing the annual festival is mission-based and in 2020, the five-day festival created an economic impact of $19.93 million. Additionally, we support One80 Place Training and several scholastic programs. Learn more about how Charleston Wine + Food is giving back.

Are all Charleston Wine + Food events 21+?

Yes, all Charleston Wine + Food events are 21+. Valid ID is required at all events. If event security cannot verify your age, you will not be admitted into the event. Anyone under the age of 21 will be refused entry and tickets will not be refunded. Please do not bring infants or small children in child carriers or strollers, as they will not be permitted entry.

Can I bring my kids?

All festival events are 21 and older. No children or infants (even in strollers or carriers) are allowed to attend any festival event.

Are pets allowed at events?

While we love your furry friends, pets are not permitted at any Charleston Wine + Food event. Service animals must be in vests and have proper documentation.

What do I do if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?

If you are attending an in-restaurant brunch, lunch, or Signature Dinner and have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please email ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com. The chefs at these events will do their best to accommodate special dietary needs, but we emphasize this is only a request. All requests must be received two weeks prior to the festival.


While chefs provide a variety of food offerings at events, all other events are not able to accommodate special dietary needs or food allergies.

What is the Friends of the Festival Program and how do I join?

Joining our Friends of the Festival program is the most intimate way to experience Charleston Wine + Food. Our Friends receive early access to tickets before public on sale, a personal concierge to handle all ticketing + festival needs, limited access to sold out events post public on-sale, VIP treatment throughout the festival weekend, and year-round invitations to private events. Additionally, a portion of your contribution is tax deductible. We recommend talking to your tax advisor for more information. 

For more information on becoming a Friend of the Festival, please contact our Development team.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information about the festival?

The latest festival news can be found on our website and social media channels and by receiving our e-newsletter. Sign up here so you don’t miss a beat!