FAQs

  • What are Charleston Wine + Food's commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

    Each and every day, we are committed to putting people first.

    Through food, events, and collaboration, we work internally + externally to ensure the unique perspectives brought to the table are valued, strengthen us, and allow us to see the world through a fresh lens. We celebrate talent, passion, and community through our commitment to producing experiences where all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, abilities, faith, and any other social identity – feel welcome and are woven into the fabric of the festival we collectively imagine.

  • When does the festival take place?

    The annual festival is held the first full weekend in March. The dates for the 2023 festival are March 1-5.

  • 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 North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, and Johns Island.

  • Is Charleston Wine + Food a nonprofit?

    We are a year-round 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are proud to say that 95 cents of every dollar spent producing the annual festival is mission-based and in 2022, the five-day festival created an economic impact of $26.5 million.

  • What does the festival benefit?

    The annual festival is integral to the organization’s focus. It’s a platform to share stories, elevate the people in this community, celebrate our city and the Lowcountry, and create an enriching experience for the people who live + work here. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ticket sales go directly to the production of the annual festival.

    Ninety-five cents of every dollar we spend producing the festival has a direct measurable impact on our city’s economy. Year after year, the economic impact of Charleston Wine + Food is more than quadruple the organization’s annual budget.

  • What do ticket sales support?

    As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ticket sales go directly to the production of the festival. Ninety-five cents of every dollar we spend producing the festival has a direct measurable impact on our city’s economy. By purchasing a ticket to a festival event, you are helping us to support our local food and beverage community to participate in this festival, share the unique stories and histories of our foodways, and create a meaningful economic impact on our city.

  • Are Charleston Wine + Food tickets tax deductible?

    No, Charleston Wine + Food festival tickets are not tax deductible.

  • 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, VIP treatment throughout the festival week, and a curated festival badge. Learn more about becoming a Friend and take your festival experience to the next level.

  • I’m interested in volunteering. Who do I talk to?

    Charleston Wine + Food wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers, and we are always looking for people who are interested in volunteering during the festival! Are you passionate about Charleston, its culinary + hospitality community, and looking to get involved? Fill out this interest form!

  • I’m interested in participating as Talent. Who do I talk to?

    The community of Charleston Wine + Food is a diverse and passionate ensemble dedicated to great food, fresh ingredients, amazing wines, beers and cocktails, and of course, Charleston. Send us a note today! Let us know who you are, what you do, and what you hope to accomplish through your participation.

  • What are the dates for the 2023 festival?

    The dates for the 2023 festival are Wednesday, March 1 – Sunday, March 5.

  • When will tickets for the 2023 festival go on sale?

    Tickets for the 2023 festival will go on sale at chswf.com on October 20 @ 11 AM ET! Mark your calendars!

  • I’ve never been to the festival before. Can you tell me about it? What should I attend?

    Welcome to Charleston Wine + Food! We’re so excited you are interested in attending the festival! The annual festival takes place the first full weekend in March, and the 2023 dates are March 1-5. Consisting of in-restaurant brunches, lunches, and dinners, cooking classes, beverage workshops, large walkabout thematic events, educational excursions, and a large sampling experience at Riverfront Park, there is an experience for everyone! 

    Have questions after exploring the schedule? Feel free to email ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com or give us a call at (843) 727-9998.

  • What is the bag policy?

    ALL BAGS MUST BE CLEAR except for small personal clutches (no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”). No backpacks, coolers, or large purses are permitted at festival events.

  • What items are prohibited at the festival?

    ALL BAGS MUST BE CLEAR except for small personal clutches (no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″). No backpacks, coolers, large purses, lawn chairs, or outside food + beverage are permitted at festival events. 

    No firearms or weapons are permitted. Violators are considered trespassers and are subject to forfeiture or arrest. 

    Additional prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

    Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

    – Non-clear bags larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

    – Backpacks, coolers, or large purses

    – Firearms or weapons

    • Illegal substances
    • Outside food 
    • Lawn furniture or chairs
    • Pets (service animals are permitted)

    All Charleston Wine + Food events are non-smoking.

  • Are all Charleston Wine + Food events 21+?

    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, emotional support, therapy, or companion animals are not permitted at any Charleston Wine + Food event.

    Service animals are permitted throughout the festival. They must be properly trained and under proper care of their owners; remain by the handler’s side at all times and be harnessed, leashed, or tethered; be housebroken and relieve themselves outdoors; and be up to date on all legally required vaccinations. Anyone bringing a service animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury the animal causes.

  • How do I get around during the festival?

    There are a variety of ways to get around in Charleston, but we recommend downloading a rideshare app and requesting a ride to your desired location. Charleston Wine + Food does not want attendees to drink + drive. We encourage our guests to take alternative means of transportation if impaired and unable to drive.

  • Where do you park for events?

    While certain event spaces offer parking on site, parking is limited in Charleston, especially downtown! Parking lots + garages are located throughout Charleston; look for the green “P” signs that indicate parking. Metered parking is also available on King, Calhoun, and Meeting Streets, as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods. Meters in Downtown Charleston must be paid daily until 6:00 PM (Monday – Saturday). We recommend carpooling when traveling as a group or utilizing a rideshare provider.

  • Where is the best place to stay during the festival?

    Coming to Charleston from out of town? We recommend taking a look at the Plan Your Trip page on our website for recommendations on where to stay and where to eat + drink.

  • 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.

  • Lose something?

    Check back closer to the festival for our lost + found form!

  • When do tickets go on sale for the 2023 festival?

    Tickets for the 2023 festival are on sale now! View the festival schedule and purchase your tickets today

  • How do I purchase tickets?

    You can purchase tickets online at chswf.com. Have a question about an event or need help choosing an experience? Email ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com or give us a call at (843) 727-9998.

  • I have a question about my ticket.

    Please email ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com and our ticketing team will be happy to help you!

  • I purchased tickets but did not receive a confirmation email. Please help!

    Confirmation emails will be sent from our ticketing company, SquadUP. During high-peak times, confirmation emails can sometimes take up to 30 minutes to process. We also recommend checking your spam folder. If you are still unable to locate your confirmation email, please call our ticketing team at (843) 727-9998.

  • What’s included in the ticket price for events?

    All Charleston Wine + Food events are all-inclusive, meaning all food + beverage samples and experiences are included with the purchase of a ticket. Select events also allow for the opportunity to purchase larger food portions, artisanal goods, and Charleston Wine + Food retail items. 

  • Does Charleston Wine + Food offer payment plans?

    We do! The minimum spend to qualify for setting up your purchase on a payment plan is $100, and no additional fees or additional interest will be incurred to utilize the payment plan feature. You can split your payment into three installments if you purchase your ticket(s) by November 20, and two installments if you purchase by December 20. All purchases made after December 20 will not be eligible for payment plan.

    By signing up for the payment plan you are authorizing SquadUP to automatically charge your credit card on file on the agreed upon dates. All ticket payments are non-refundable. If any of your subsequent payment installments are unsuccessful or default, Charleston Wine + Food will retain any existing payment installments and you will not receive the tickets associated with the order.

    Once the final installment payment has been successfully processed, an email with a link to download your tickets will be sent to the address on file within 3-5 business days. Please contact support@squadup.com with any questions regarding your payment plan. 

  • Do you offer discounted tickets for those who do not drink alcohol?

    Each of our events has a variety of food, beverages (including non-alcoholic options), and experiences offered and we do not offer discounted tickets.

  • How much do tickets cost?

    All Charleston Wine + Food tickets are à la carte pricing and range in price based on the format + intimacy of the event.

  • Do you offer an all day or weekend pass?

    Yes! Available as The CV Day Pass and The Weekender, these passes offer a VIP Culinary Village experience, a gift with purchase, and exclusive on-the-ground badge holder perks. The Weekender also includes two marquee festival events and fan favorites: The World of ‘Cue and Shucked. The CV Pass is sold per day and can be purchased via the corresponding Culinary Village event page. Grab your friends, mark your calendars, and get ready to fest!

  • Am I expected to tip at in-restaurant brunches, lunches, and dinners?

    Guests are not expected to tip on top of the ticket price. 

  • Are tickets refundable?

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable between events. All events will take place rain or shine and event details are subject to change. We recommend reviewing the full event descriptions on our website before purchasing tickets.

  • What happens in the event of bad weather?

    All events take place rain or shine. Weather contingency plans are in place for each event.

  • When should I buy my tickets?

    We recommend purchasing your tickets early, as events sell out quickly! 

  • Will an event sell out?

    Many events sell out within the first few days following ticket launch, and most events sell out before the actual festival weekend. All events are limited and Charleston Wine + Food encourages all interested guests to purchase tickets in advance to ensure attendance.

  • Why are some events sold out or limited in quantity prior to ticket launch?

    One of the benefits of being a Friend of the Festival is receiving early access to tickets prior to public on-sale. Additionally, select festival partners receive early access to tickets. Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Festival and take your festival experience to the next level.

  • What is the process for receiving tickets once they are ordered?

    Each ticket holder will receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes after the order is placed with your ticket(s) attached. If using the SquadUP app, you can save your tickets to your Apple Wallet or passbook. If you do not receive your tickets, please check your spam folder or email ticketing@charlestonwineandfood.com.

    ATTENTION: DO NOT COPY YOUR TICKETS! All tickets will be scanned for authenticity and only the first ticket scanned will be converted to an event wristband.

  • How do I locate my ticket?

    You can locate your ticket by opening your original confirmation email that you received at the time of ticket purchase. Your ticket(s) will be attached to that email. While we recommend downloading the SquadUP app or saving the ticket PDF directly to your phone, you may also print out the ticket and show upon arrival. 

    PLEASE NOTE: If any event logistics (such as location, time, etc.) change, the PDF ticket in your original email confirmation will not automatically update. Charleston Wine + Food will notify guests of any logistical changes.

  • I purchased The CV Pass and/or The Weekender but there was no ticket attached to my email. 

    Because you purchased The CV Pass or The Weekender you will receive a physical badge for the event as opposed to a ticket; this is why a ticket is not attached to your confirmation email. Stay tuned for information on where + when to pick up your badge.

  • Where do I pick up my wristband?

    Select festival events have wristbands, which will be distributed at the gate of each event. You must have a printed ticket or barcode on your phone to present at the gate for wristband and event entry. Wristbands must be worn at all times. Individuals not wearing a wristband will not be allowed entry, no exceptions. Please do not lose or remove your wristband – these are not replaceable.

  • An event I was looking forward to sold out before I could buy tickets! What should I do?

    We recommend joining the waitlist through Lyte, Charleston Wine + Food’s Official Ticket Exchange. We’ve seen great success with guests receiving tickets off of the waitlist! Learn more about our partnership with Lyte and join the waitlist.

  • What is Lyte?

    The Charleston Wine + Food Ticket Exchange powered by Lyte is the only official resale platform for festival tickets. Through the exchange, guests who are no longer able to attend a sold-out event have the opportunity to resell their tickets, while those who are interested in attending have the opportunity to do so. All tickets are safely + securely processed by our ticketing Partner, SquadUP, so guests know they are receiving valid festival tickets issued in their name.

  • Is there a fee to use Lyte?

    When purchasing tickets from Charleston Wine + Food’s Official Ticket Exchange powered by Lyte you will pay the face value of the Charleston Wine + Food ticket price plus a per-ticket service fee charged by Lyte. This ensures that you are getting a valid festival ticket issued in your name. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Charleston Wine + Food does not receive any portion of this fee.

  • Is there a deadline for selling my ticket to Lyte?

    If an event is sold-out and there is an existing waitlist for tickets, you may sell your ticket through Charleston Wine + Food’s Official Ticket Exchange powered by Lyte. If you are interested in selling tickets to a sold out Signature Dinner, Lunch, or Brunch, you have until the end of day on Friday, February 17, 2023 to do so. Beginning Saturday, February 18, tickets to Signature Dinners, Lunches, and Brunches will not be transferable amongst guests. For all other events, you have until the event start time to sell your ticket to sold out and in-demand events via Lyte.

  • I’m having trouble either requesting or returning tickets to Lyte. Who can I contact?

    For Lyte support + assistance, please contact the Lyte team directly at support@lyte.com.

  • Can I purchase tickets via Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc.?

    While you are welcome to purchase tickets directly from another guest, purchasing tickets directly via Charleston Wine + Food or Lyte is the only way to guarantee that your tickets are valid. If you want 100% confidence in your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets on charlestonwineandfood.com or via Lyte. If you purchase counterfeit tickets from an unauthorized source you will not be admitted to the event and Charleston Wine + Food will not be able to mediate the situation.

  • What is the Culinary Village?

    The Culinary Village has long been the cornerstone of the festival and is Charleston Wine + Food’s largest sampling experience. Enjoy bites + sips, chef demos, immersive experiences, live music, retail therapy, and more! Tickets to the Culinary Village are available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and are all individually ticketed. 

    All samples + experiences are included in the ticket price. VIP pass options are available along with the opportunity for in-event purchases.

  • Where is the Culinary Village located?

    The Culinary Village is held at beautiful Riverfront Park in the City of North Charleston. Located at 1061 Everglades Ave, the Culinary Village will boast beautiful waterfront views and be convenient to the entire region.

  • What do you receive with admission to the Culinary Village?

    The General Admission ticket includes four-hour access to Culinary Village, which includes:

    – A feast of flavors to sample + savor, featuring a lineup of local chefs + caterers serving up bites of Lowcountry staple dishes

    – A smorgasbord of wine, beer, and spirits samplings along with non-alcoholic offerings

    – Opportunities to purchase larger portions of Charleston-inspired dishes

    – A retail destination featuring regional artisans, pop-up farmer’s market, Book Nook with daily meet + greets and author signings, and official CHSWF merchandise

    – A demo stage featuring competition, culinary, cocktail, and even comedy!

    – Complimentary commemorative crystal CHSWF glass (retails for $15) 

    – Live music

    – Access to purchase ticket for shuttle making roundtrips from downtown to Riverfront Park (must be reserved in advance)

    The CV Day Pass includes everything included in the General Admission ticket PLUS:

    – One hour early access to Culinary Village

    – Complimentary round-trip shuttle from Downtown Charleston 

    – Commemorative tote bag

    – Commemorative festival badge + lanyard

    – Dedicated entrance

    – Dedicated restrooms throughout the event

    – Exclusive VIP experience including a badge-holder lounge with food samples and a complimentary bar curated with local mixologists and wine + beer offerings

    Interested in attending multiple days of the Culinary Village? The Weekender pass is for you! The Weekender is your ticket to all three days of the Culinary Village in VIP fashion along with your ticket to two marquee festival events: The World of ‘Cue and Shucked.

  • Is the Culinary Village all-inclusive?

    The Culinary Village is all inclusive, meaning all food + drink samples and experiences are included with the purchase of your ticket. You will be able to purchase larger food portions, artisanal goods, and CHSWF retail within the event landscape.

  • What is the difference between purchasing an à la carte Culinary Village ticket and The CV Pass?

    The CV Day Pass and The Weekender allow guests to experience the Culinary Village in VIP fashion. 

    The General Admission ticket includes four-hour access to Culinary Village, which includes:

    – A feast of flavors to sample + savor, featuring a lineup of local chefs + caterers serving up bites of Lowcountry staple dishes

    – A smorgasbord of wine, beer, and spirits samplings along with non-alcoholic offerings

    – Opportunities to purchase larger portions of Charleston-inspired dishes

    – A retail destination featuring regional artisans, pop-up farmer’s market, Book Nook with daily meet + greets and author signings, and official CHSWF merchandise

    – A demo stage featuring competition, culinary, cocktail, and even comedy!

    – Complimentary commemorative crystal CHSWF glass (retails for $15) 

    – Live music

    – Access to purchase ticket for shuttle making roundtrips from downtown to Riverfront Park (must be reserved in advance)

    The CV Day Pass includes everything in the General Admission ticket PLUS:

    – One hour early access to Culinary Village

    – Complimentary round-trip shuttle from Downtown Charleston 

    – Commemorative tote bag

    – Commemorative festival badge + lanyard

    – Dedicated entrance

    – Dedicated restrooms throughout the event

    – Exclusive VIP experience including a badge-holder lounge with food samples and a complimentary bar curated with local mixologists and wine + beer offerings

    The Weekender includes everything offered in The CV Day Pass, PLUS:

    – Daily VIP entrance to the Culinary Village (Friday through Sunday)

    – General Admission to The World of ’Cue on Thursday, March 2

    – General Admission to Shucked on Friday, March 4

  • I purchased The CV Pass / The Weekender. Do I need to purchase daily Culinary Village tickets in addition to the pass?

    If you purchased The CV Pass or The Weekender you do not need to purchase additional tickets to receive admission into the event. The pass acts as your ticket to Culinary Village and the VIP experiences included. If you would like to purchase additional tickets to events not included in your pass or à la carte Culinary Village tickets for friends or family, you are able to do so at chswf.com.

  • In the past there have been long lines and not enough food at the Culinary Village. How will the experience be different this year?

    We hear you! We’re actively working to make improvements to the infrastructure which will support more access to food. New in 2023 we are:

    – Introducing NEW areas dedicated to food sampling inspired by the foodways of the Lowcountry; this is in addition to the Snack Shacks and Exhibitors that you know + love!

    – Incorporating interactive chef demos that will include your favorite chefs demoing local ingredients for sample 

    – Bringing back favorites like the Beer Garden, Corkyard, and Artisan Market

    – Enhancing entrances to expedite entry

    – Adding MORE restroom facilities and VIP restrooms 

    – Offering larger food portions provided by beloved local food purveyors + vendors, available for purchase

    – Offering the option to book round-trip transportation from downtown Charleston (an add-on to the General Admission ticket; included in The CV Pass and The Weekender)

    We’re excited about the changes we’re making to better the overall guest experience and hope you’ll join us in March!

  • How do I navigate the Culinary Village?

    For on-the-ground information about daily programming and the many bites, sips, and sounds featured throughout the day, download the Charleston Wine + Food app! Available for both Apple and Android products, our app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Use this tool to help you navigate the festival landscape and immerse yourself in the Charleston Wine + Food experience. Take a look at the Culinary Village map for a directional how-to. 

  • Is there a map of Culinary Village?

    A map of Culinary Village will be available on the CHSWF ‘23 app in advance of the festival! Check back soon!

  • Will there be a shuttle from Downtown Charleston?

    Yes, there will be a shuttle from Downtown Charleston to Riverfront Park! Daily round trip tickets cost $28 and must be reserved in advance. If you have purchased The CV Pass or The Weekender, the shuttle is included with the purchase of your badge. All shuttle tickets must be purchased by February 15.

  • Will there be a rideshare pick up / drop off area?

    Charleston Wine + Food will have a designated rideshare pick up / drop off location for those who choose to use these services.

    1. Set GPS to Riverfront park address 1061 Everglades Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405.

    2. When you aarrive at the Riverfront Park entrance, look for the Rideshare Drop Off + Pick Up Signs located at the corner of N. Hobson Ave and Shipbuilding Way. A parking lot attendant will be at the main entrance to help assist you with directions or any questions.

    3. Turn on to Shipbuilding Way.

    4. Drop off is located on the sidewalks closest to the park.

    Things to know before you go:

    – ALL BAGS MUST BE CLEAR, Except for small personal clutches (no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″) 

    – Have a Valid government-issued ID

    – Exit rideshare and cross over to Main Entrance to park

    – Please be prepared for a 7-10 minute walk to the entrance

  • Is there parking?

    Ample parking is available at Culinary Village @ Riverfront Park. Download the CHSWF App to see a detailed parking map with marked lots.

  • Can I park my car overnight?

    Yes, you may park your car overnight in one of the designated event parking lots. Charleston Wine + Food is not responsible for theft or damage to vehicle or its contents.

  • Is glassware included in my Culinary Village ticket?

    Yes. You will receive one commemorative wine glass. One glass will be issued per guest. Please treat it with kindness.

  • What items are prohibited in the Culinary Village?

    ALL BAGS MUST BE CLEAR except for small personal clutches (no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5″). No backpacks, coolers, large purses, lawn chairs, or outside food + beverage are permitted at festival events. 

    No firearms or weapons are permitted. Violators are considered trespassers and are subject to forfeiture or arrest. 

    All Charleston Wine + Food events – including the Culinary Village @ Riverfront Park – are non-smoking.

  • What is the Culinary Village Local Ticket?

    Charleston Wine + Food offers a discounted Culinary Village ticket to Charleston locals on Sunday, March 5. If you are a full time resident of the Charleston tri-county, you may purchase a local ticket with a $40 discount. A local ticket is valid for Charleston tri-county residents only (Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties); Charleston Wine + Food reserves the right to refund any discounted tickets not purchased by locals.

  • Where do I buy the Local Ticket?

    Visit the Culinary Village: Sunday event page and you will see three ticket types appear: General Admission, The CV Pass, and Local. Click the BUY LOCAL TICKET button and complete the checkout process. A valid tri-county billing zip code is required to complete the transaction.

  • What does it mean to be a local? Do I meet the requirements to purchase a local ticket?

    You are a local if you permanently reside year-round in the Charleston tri-county (Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties). A local ticket is valid only for South Carolina residents with tri-county zip code.

  • I own a home in Charleston but permanently reside somewhere else. Why am I not considered local?

    Charleston Wine + Food offers several local ticket discounts as a thank you to those who live full time in the Charleston tri-county (Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties). These individuals dine in our restaurants, shop in our stores, and support the local food, beverage, and hospitality industry year-round.

  • Can I leave the Culinary Village and return the same day?

    Yes, you may leave the Culinary Village and return that day; however, you MUST keep your wristband on to gain re-entry. If your wristband is removed, you will not be re-admitted into the event. You’ll also want to hold onto your complimentary glassware, as only one glass will be issued per guest. 

  • Can I smoke in the park?

    No. All Charleston Wine + Food events are non-smoking.

  • How can I stay hydrated at the festival?

    There will be barrels throughout the Culinary Village with bottles of Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino still and sparkling water!

  • Will Charleston Wine + Food have a 2023 COVID-19 Entrance Eligibility Policy?

    Charleston Wine + Food is not requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to attend the 2023 festival.

    This is subject to change based on CDC and government mandates. 

    By attending Charleston Wine + Food, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:

    + Are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain / achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    + Do not need to quarantine due to close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

    + Are not under any self-quarantine orders

    If you are unable to attend the festival due to one of the above reasons, please review our 2023 COVID-19 Refund Policy.

    Please note that Charleston Wine + Food tickets are otherwise non-refundable and this refund policy only applies to COVID-19 related instances.

  • What are my refund options due to COVID-19?

    Please note that Charleston Wine + Food tickets are otherwise non-refundable and this refund policy only applies to the COVID-19 related instances outlined below.

    WE ASK THAT YOU NOT ATTEND IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE FOR YOU:

    + Are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain / achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

    + Do not need to quarantine due to close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

    + Are not under any self-quarantine orders

    If you have purchased a ticket to Charleston Wine + Food and are unable to attend due to one of the above reasons, please submit a COVID-19 refund request.

  • Will the number of attendees permitted at events change due to COVID-19?

    We will assess the square footage per person at all of our venues and determine capacities based on CDC and DHEC guidelines.

  • How will venues and community spaces be sanitized?

    We will be implementing heightened deep-cleaning processes and will have dedicated staff in place to disinfect high-touch surfaces. This includes communal seating areas, handles, sanitizing stations, bathrooms, sinks, toilets, etc.

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

    We compost our waste, flatware, and plateware. All of our flatware + plateware is made from fallen leaves and is BPI-certified compostable. 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. 

    In 2020, we proudly rescued 2,780 pounds of food for donation to One80 Place, diverted 6.6 tons of recycling and 3,000 pounds of glassware from a landfill, and created 155 pounds of compost. We strive to be a good steward of our city + its foodways by being mindful of our ecological footprint and supporting the community in which we live.

  • Do you recycle?

    Of course! Festival items that cannot be composted are recycled, and wine bottles from the Culinary Village become recycled glass countertops and “foam glass” to be used in building + construction. Additionally, all oyster shells are recycled in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources.

  • How is Charleston Wine + Food reducing its carbon footprint?

    Through efforts like going strawless, offering napkins only upon request, implementing water usage protocols in our prep kitchens, digitizing handbooks + internal documents, launching a festival app, and implementing eco-friendly cleaning materials + pesticides, Charleston Wine + Food has made considerable efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • What other measures are you taking to increase sustainability at the festival?

    We strive to find a new life for as many items used during the festival as possible. Over 75% of all design elements are reused year-over-year or rented, and many festival events include a commemorative wine glass with the purchase of a ticket.