FAQs

  • 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?

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

  • 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!

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

    All event tickets are all-inclusive. All food + beverage samplings and entertainment are included in your ticket price. Each event also has its own unique elements + fun surprises for guests. In addition, select festival events include commemorative glassware. One glass will be issued per ticketed guest; please treat it with kindness!

  • What does all-inclusive mean?

    All Charleston Wine + Food tickets are all-inclusive, which means that once you have purchased your tickets there are no additional charges for food, drinks, or gratuity at the event. Just bring your appetite and enjoy!

  • 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.

  • 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! We recommend signing up for our email newsletter and following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to receive the most up-to-date information on ticket launch.

  • 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. 

  • 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. In 2020, we hosted a day of programming that was completely plant and sustainable-seafood forward in support of a food system that is more sustainable for our environment.

  • Why are you not having a festival in 2021?

    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. The safety of our guests, participating talent, staff, vendors, and the greater Charleston community is our number one priority and one that should take precedence above all else. 

    The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing day by day, and we have been closely monitoring the situation, seeking guidance from government + community leadership and staying in close communication with our local food + beverage community. Given the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on our local restaurant + hotel community and new constraints on the live events industry, Charleston Wine + Food believes that the execution of its 2021 festival is not in the best interest of our community at this time.

  • Why are you making the decision to cancel so early?

    Over the past 15 years the festival has grown to include more than 120 events and welcomes talent from around the world to Charleston to celebrate our unique foodways and community. An event of this scale takes a full year to plan effectively and involves the collaboration from several sectors of our community, many of which have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19.

  • How can I support the Charleston culinary + hospitality community during this time?

    The restaurant + hospitality communities have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses make up the fabric of our local communities – they are where you celebrate special occasions, catch up with family + friends, and they support so many wonderful causes and employ millions of people. Please visit our COVID-19 Information Hub for resources on how you can continue to support the community during this time.

  • How can I continue to support Charleston Wine + Food?

    In place of the in-person 2021 festival, we’re planning other ways to uplift our community and continue our efforts of making Charleston Wine + Food a more inclusive and equitable organization. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our mission is to produce experiences that celebrate, educate, and promote the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community. At the core of this mission are our values: people first, community, diversity, and good stewardship. We are committed to creating an organization where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We will be using our platform to amplify the messages of our community and share valuable resources for how others can help support and advocate for the culinary + hospitality industry. By reinforcing and sharing this mission-based work, you can help ensure the health of Charleston Wine + Food in the short + long term.

  • How can I continue to engage with the festival?

    In place of the 2021 festival, we’re planning other ways to uplift our community and continue our efforts of making Charleston Wine + Food a more inclusive + equitable organization. We recommend signing up for our email newsletter and following us on Instagram and Facebook to receive the most up-to-date information from Charleston Wine + Food. We are looking forward to gathering again when it is safe for all involved and are excited to find alternative ways to shine a spotlight on our hospitality + culinary community and create impacts for their businesses until it is safe to host a festival again.

  • Are you planning for a 2022 festival?

    Yes! The planned dates for 2022 are Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6. We plan that by 2022 we will be able to bring you the Charleston Wine + Food experience that we all know + love! We are planning for a late-spring 2021 ticket launch in advance of the March 2022 festival.

  • When will tickets for the 2022 festival go on sale?

    Charleston Wine + Food is currently planning for a late-spring 2021 ticket launch in advance of the March 2022 festival. This will give you even more time to plan your festival experience and get excited about gathering together in Charleston in 2022!

    We will share an exact date for ticket launch with you as soon as we have one. We recommend signing up for our email newsletter and following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to receive the most up-to-date information.

  • Charleston Wine + Food has been offering programming year-round. Will there still be ways to engage with the festival before 2022?

    Charleston Wine + Food is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to produce experiences that celebrate, educate, and promote the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community. Through a combination of virtual experiences and a late-spring 2021 launch of the 2022 festival programming + schedule, we hope to create meaningful ways for us to connect + support our community until it is safe for us to gather again. Let us know what you are most interested in.