How is the Charleston Wine + Food festival handling COVID-19?

At this time, all festival events are continuing as planned. All participants in the festival are following DHEC guidelines to handle the situation appropriately. Each event has both hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations. We recommend continuing with individual precautionary measures recommended by the CDC, such as washing your hands and covering your cough. If you have flu-like symptoms, we ask that you do not attend the festival. 

When does the festival take place?

Annually each year, the first full weekend of March. The 15th installment of Charleston Wine + Food will take place Wednesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Where does the festival take place?

Throughout the weekend, more than 120 events will take place all across Charleston! This year, events are being held across the Charleston Peninsula as well as in West Ashley, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Johns Island.

When can I see the 2020 event schedule?

The festival schedule will be released on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 AM EST, 48 hours before public on-sale.

When can I buy tickets for the 2020 festival?

Early access ticket purchasing, offered exclusively to Charleston Wine + Food Friends of the Festival, begins on August 16, 2019. General admission tickets for the 2020 festival go on sale August 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST. A full schedule preview will be available on August 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST.

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 2019, the five-day festival created an economic impact of $18.6 million. Additionally, we support One80 Place Training and several scholastic programs. Learn more about how Charleston Wine + Food is giving back.

Why are you hosting a day of meat-free programming?

Studies show that animal farming plays a large role in the world’s increasing greenhouse emissions, and decreasing our consumption of beef, poultry, and pork can significantly impact our environment in a positive way. On Friday, March 6, 2020, Charleston Wine + Food will present a day of programming that is completely seafood- and plant-forward in support of a food system that is more sustainable for our planet.

What will I be able to eat on Friday if you aren’t serving meat?

Lots of things! We are excited to watch our chefs utilize their culinary expertise to showcase seafood, vegetables, and grains as the stars of the plate.

Are kids or pets allowed at events?

All festival events are 21 and older. We love your 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. Service animals must be in vests and have proper documentation.

Where do you park for events?

Parking lots and garages are located throughout Charleston, including across from Marion Square next to the Francis Marion Hotel on King + Calhoun. 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 must be paid daily until 10:00 PM (Monday – Saturday).

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. You can also hop on a bike through our city’s bike share program, Holy Spokes. 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.

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

Shuttles are included + required in some excursions and ancillary events. The events that provide shuttling are marked on our schedule. Please check your ticket for shuttle information + time and keep an eye out for our pre-festival reminder emails with additional shuttle + transportation information.

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

Where is the best place to stay during the festival?

Please visit the Partners page on our website and scroll to the “Accommodations” Partners to check out the hotels that are official Partners of Charleston Wine + Food. Several of these offer accommodations packages that include tickets to various Charleston Wine + Food events.

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

We compost our waste + 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. 

In 2019, we proudly rescued 3,258 pounds of food for donation to One80 Place and diverted 20,720 pounds of recycling and 1,360 pounds of compostables from a landfill. 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.

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

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