FAQs

When does the festival take place?

Annually each year, the first full weekend of March.

What does the festival benefit?

We are a year-round 501(c)3 non profit. We are proud to say that 92 cents of every dollar spent producing the annual festival is mission based and that we support One80 Place’s rise program 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 in change daily until 6 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 Uber app and requesting a ride to your desired location or 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.

Pick-up for excursion shuttles is at the corner of King and Calhoun Street. 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 the festival 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.