March 6 - March 10, 2019

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Entertain! Hosted by Toyota

The Culinary Village is excited to welcome Toyota to its newest neighborhood, The Patio! Full of talent, tips and treats, Entertain! Hosted by Toyota will have you set for your next get-together. Check out this preview of everything you won’t want to miss!   Center Plate Stage Get ready to see your favorite chefs shine in a light you’ve never seen before! The culinary world’s finest will go head-to-head in “Hollywood Game Night” style classics, playing Heads Up, Pictionary, and more. You can get in on the action too – audience members will be called up to join the chefs on stage! Also, ever wonder how to curate the perfect music playlist or decorate your table for a dinner party? Get tips from local pros on all this and more. Plus, your ears are in for a treat with musical performances by Charleston’s own songwriter and musician, Young Mister.     Silkscreen Totes These canvas tote bags will be the envy of all during your next trip to the grocery store. Pick from four fun commemorative designs to have silk-screened on your tote, right before your eyes!     Dry Rib Rub Hub  Mix up a dry rub recipe curated by family BBQ legends, Mike Mills and Amy Mills, of 17th Street Barbecue.     Camry Herb Garden What herb do you use most in your kitchen? Hop in the Camry to find out and get your own mini herb garden to plant and grow!   Avalon “Grille” Master  Customize a grilling spatula for your next backyard BBQ! Watch as your message is laser engraved on the wooden handle in the trunk of the Avalon.     ‘World’s Best Cook’? ‘King of the Grill’? – What will your spatula say?
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Local Love: Elevating Recycling + Compost Efforts This Festival Season

Reduce, reuse and recycle - a familiar eco-friendly mantra that we are putting a bigger emphasis on this festival season. Recycling has always been a priority of Charleston Wine + Food, but this valiant endeavour has not been an easy task. While the City of Charleston assists in disposing cardboard + glass after events, this year, we are also partnering with Smart Recycling to elevate our recycling efforts through a compost, recycle + trash initiative. Our shared mission is to reduce trash and generate creative ways to upcycle food waste from the festival. A significant amount of waste is unavoidable as a food + beverage festival, but we are excited to leave a greener legacy, one that recycles smarter, reduces the carbon footprint, and prioritizes Charleston’s environmental future. This year’s compost program will serve as a trial run to establish best practices for sorting festival waste. Our guests will see three bins this year, one for recycling, one for trash, and one for compost. Volunteers will staff each station to assist guests in disposing everything from merlot-stained plastic cups to remaining morsels of food. The majority of festival waste comes from the Culinary Village, so for this first year our recycling program will live in the village. And the best news?  We use biodegradable products, so almost everything will be able to be composted or recycled. Composted products take just a short 30-40 days to turn into rich viable soil, so within a month's time local farmers will be utilizing compost produced directly from the festival. The effectiveness of the Smart Recycling partnership will be tracked through the number of times each bin is dumped, with the hope that this effort will result in a significant reduction in the amount of garbage produced and an increase in compostable materials. Smart Recycling will train festival volunteers and help facilitate the trash + composting process. Our very own Erin Connolly and Lauren Turgeon are championing our recycling program, and shared this secondary goal of training volunteers to understand the difference between the items for compost, recycle, and trash to not only reduce festival waste but also help educate and motivate guests to continue recycling + composting at home. We are proud stewards of the land, protecting + preserving the beauty of the #1 city in the world. So we ask you to join our eco-friendly initiative and help us #PourIntoCharleston.
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Top 10 Festival Wines Under $30

With the festival just one month away, at Charleston Wine + Food we think everyone deserves a drink right now!  In order to ensure everyone has the chance to taste the best vinos on the market right now, our partner Bottles has graciously provided a list of delectable wines all under $30!  Affordable wine that still tastes amazing? Be sure to stop by their Wine Retail Tent in the Culinary Village to snag a bottle for yourself.

List curated by Mike van Beyrer

Lioco Chardonnay 2014: $19.99

This Sonoma County pick is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. Vinification and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh throughout. One of the very best values in California Chardonnay you’ll come across.  

Lioco “Sativa” Carignane 2014: $29.99, 92 points Vinous

The 2014 Sativa, 100% old-vine Carignan from Mendocino County, is one of the most striking wines in this price range. A host of inky blue and purplish-hued fruits, mint, spices and leather make a strong impression.  

Felino Malbec 2015: $20.99

This Malbec is always a terrific value, showcasing Mendoza fruit with a California style, and at a great price.  Paul Hobbs and Nicolas Catena are behind this gem.  

Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2014: $19.99

Lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality.  A perfect pair for grilled lamb chops, sausages, and chickpea stew.  

Patton Pinot Noir 2014: $22.99, 90 Points Vinous

A pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind.  

Omero Pinot Noir 2014: $23.99

This sublime Oregon Pinot comes from a tiny family owned winery in Carlton, OR. Everything is organic, hand harvested and hand crafted at Omero and this is their largest production offering at just 2100 cases. Cinnamon, vanilla and sandalwood complement the opulent cherry fruit along with notes of rhubarb and sassafras.  

Adelaida Zinfandel 2013: $21.99

Aromas of dried cherries, anise, and Christmas spice. Flavors of crushed raspberries, cranberries, grated nutmeg, chocolate shavings.  Pairs well with barbecued tri-tip with caramelized onions, grilled lamb chops with pistachio salsa verde, carnitas tacos with tomatillo salsa.  

Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir 2015: $27.99

A deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck.  

Kivelstadt Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2015:  $19.99

Expressive scents and flavors of Meyer lemon, quince and pungent herbs, along with notes of ginger and chalky minerals. Silky and expansive in the mouth, with a floral quality adding complexity. Finishes focused and dry, with dusty citrus pith and mint nuances clinging.  

Kivelstadt Red Blend 2013:  $23.99

Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard.  The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new French oak for 16 months and is our bistro style red wine - versatile with an array of cuisine.
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The Culinary Village: What To Expect

The Culinary Village is the epicenter of Charleston Wine + Food.  Three days of nonstop cooking demonstrations, tastings, special guests, and local artists are sure to be among the highlights of your culinary experience. Here you’ll make those festival memories you won’t soon forget.   All-day access to the Village is available with just one ticket, and if you’re from Charleston, you can purchase a ticket to Sunday’s village for just $75!  Talk about local love. Returning favorites are sure to please: the Artisan Market, Rosé Garden + Grilling presented by Chateau d'Esclans, Biergarten presented by Bay Street Biergarten, and The Hub are all the buzz for festival veterans.   But wait, there’s more! Be sure to check out what’s BRAND NEW in the Culinary Village this year: Top Chef Quickfire Challenge:  Top Chef fans will be treated to the ultimate performance and epic chef throwdown on Friday at 1pm!  With Bravo Top Chef’s own Gail Simmons moderating the Quick Fire Challenge, you’ll want to grab a seat in the front row. The Corkyard: Our new all wine, all the time, Corkyard will be open for those vino devotees eager to taste creations by over 20 wineries from around the world. Wine not spend all day here?  You’ll be able to chat with fellow wine lovers and drink your way to red, white, and rosé heaven.  Oh! And don't forget to check out the Wine Retail Shop presented by Bottles to take home some of your new favorites along with wine-o accessories for sommeliers + newbies alike! Snack Shacks: Four new spots for a tasty twist on some of our Lowcountry favorites.  “Duck, Duck Goose” will feature exclusively duck and foie gras dishes. “Grit Happens” will highlight our beloved Southern chefs firing up what they know best.  Strictly sliders are on the menu at “Nice Buns”, and lastly “Beer-Battered + Fried” will appear in the Biergarten for everyone’s inner greasy glutton. The interactive environment between chef and attendee make for an intimate Village experience. Teepee Talks: Heritage Radio Network’s new, expanded Teepee Talks are returning for an extra large second helping in the Village this year.  We’ve added a second teepee for more chatter and even more fun that everyone can take part in. Grab a drink, put on your conversation cap, and join the party! Can’t wait til March? Salivate on this for now: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_OwSc8cNE0[/embed]  
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Festival 101

As we get closer to the festival (40 days to be exact!), there are a few things you should keep in mind as you begin thinking about your Lowcountry travel plans. Here are a few things any festival-goer needs to know: Grab your tickets...Your tickets to the festival are easily printable, but can also be accessed on your mobile phone!  Use the latter method for a paperless, guilt-free, and organized event experience - because we know you’ll be having too much fun to worry about anything else. Navigate safely...Whether you’re a visiting attendee or a lucky local, remember that parking can often be tricky downtown.  Take advantage of our partner Über and their fantastic app, they'll be your designated driver.  Our city isn’t too big to navigate if you plan on driving on your own or even if you’re strictly walking, just remember to keep a map of the city on hand in case you get lost! Dress in layers...Charleston’s bipolar weather time and time again proves to be just as unpredictable as it is beautiful.  Whipping wind or intense rays can ruin your day if you’re not prepared, so plan on packing an umbrella, your sunnies, and a cute hat just in case.  If you’re attending an excursion or an event outside for several hours you might also want to include a travel-size sunscreen to protect your skin.  All events are held rain or shine. Necessary gadgets...A few fun items can and will make all the difference for your festival experience.  Check out these wine wipes to get rid of any messy stains and keep you smiling bright; they’re perfect for wine lovers everywhere.  To ensure you can snap photos all day without running out of battery, pick up a phone case that protects and charges your cell at the same time!  Last but not least, comfortable footwear is an essential for those long Charleston days and even more exciting nights, so keep your precious toes in mind! Ask us...Don’t be afraid to ask questions!  The CHSWFF staff and our volunteers will be around the Culinary Village and at select events in order to ensure you have an incredible weekend!  Don’t know where to meet up before your excursion?  Have a ticketing question?  Just wanna chat about an upcoming event? We’re here to help! You can always call (843) 727-9998 or email ticketing@cwf.obviouslee.com for all inquiries! Pace yourself...Attending too many events in one day can be exhausting for jetsetters and chillaxers alike.  We want you to enjoy the festival in all its glory - so sure, have that fifth glass of wine (or 6th, 7th...we won’t judge), just make sure to schedule some R&R in that busy agenda of yours! We truly hope you enjoy every moment of your festival experience in the best city in the world, and don’t forget to stop and look around once in a while.  You won’t wanna miss this.
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Calling All Exhibitors

The Charleston Wine + Food Culinary Village is the heartbeat of the festival. Located in Marion Square, the Culinary Village welcomes approximately 10,000 guests over a three-day period. The village is home to chef demos, wine tastings, beer sampling, live music, and unique shopping experiences, and offers a variety of unique opportunities for brands and artisans to exhibit their products.
EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
The Artisan Market features space for 25+ local and regional artisans to showcase handcrafted, bespoke, culinary, and lifestyle products. Booths are 10’x10’ and include a front and back table, (2) chairs, and signage. The Hub is Charleston Wine + Food’s grand tasting experience featuring an exciting cast of restaurants, producers, and distillers from around the country.The Hub offers the opportunity to engage with consumers through samplings of your beverage and culinary creations. Booths are 10’x10’ and include a front bar and back table, (2) chairs, and signage. The Biergarten offers bar space to more than 15 craft breweries from Charleston and beyond. Booths are 10’x10’ and include signage.They can also be outfitted by Charleston Wine + Food with a front bar, back table, and (2) chairs. The Corkyard is a brand new for 2017 dedicated exclusively to wine tasting! The Corkyard will feature a diverse assortment of high-quality wines from around the world. Booths are 10’x10’ and include signage.They can also be outfitted by Charleston Wine + Food with a front bar, back table, and (2) chairs.
Want to join us as an Exhibitor March 3-5 in the Culinary Village? If so, apply here.
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Festival 101

As the 11th annual Charleston Wine + Food quickly approaches, we wanted to take the time to lay out a little Festival 101. This list of important tidbits can be helpful to even the most experienced guest, so read up and get ready for the tasty weekend you have planned! + Keep hydrated and well rested. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to drink water throughout the day, and get plenty of sleep so you can live it up every day! + Don't hesitate to ask for help! Our number one priority is your experience. Staff and volunteers will be around for any guidance you need! + While we do love children and pets, no one under 21 (even in a child carrier) and no furry friends are allowed at any Charleston Wine + Food events. + Tickets can be printed,  and also scanned directly from your mobile phone for easy entrance. + Make sure to check the weather a few days out and pack accordingly. Being comfortable is a key to having a great experience, and layering is definitely a good idea. March weather in Charleston is very unpredictable. + Share your experience! Be sure to utilize our official hashtag, #CHSWFF! We absolutely love to see/share/like your posts, so don't be shy. + The Culinary Village is a must. This all-access experience can be enjoyed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12p.m. - 5p.m., so plan to hang out all afternoon as you sip, roam, explore and take it all in. P.S. - Check out the Culinary Village map and familiarize yourself with the area! + The festival experiences doesn't have to end March 6 - Fly your wine home! Pick up all your new favorites at the Bottles Wine Retail Shop located in the Culinary Village (Marion Square). + Safety is first, festival goers. And what's easier than Uber?  Sign up and download the app on your cell phone for easy riding around Charleston during the weekend. + Keep a schedule-at-a-glance on hand, and know which events you have on your schedule! Pick up our Official 2016 Program during the festival at our Ticketing Office (located in Marion Square) or grab a copy of Charleston Magazine's February issue (and pull out the insert to keep with you as you set out on your #CHSWFF adventure). + Take a moment to appreciate our incredible partners and all their generous support. We would be lost without them. + Have more questions? Contact us: ticketing@cwf.obviouslee.com or 843.727.9998 x101. + Bring your appetite and an open mind!
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How's Your Appetite?

THE MENU IS READY. Today we are thrilled to announce the release of our official lineup and tickets for the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food. Hop over to our tickets page to start plotting your ultimate festival experience. 2016 HIGHLIGHTS + INSIDER TIPS Because we can barely contain our excitement, we want to immediately offer up a few tidbits we think you'll want to know leading up to our 11th festival season. Without further ado, here's a handful of highlights. Go forth and prepare your palate, ye merry culinary fiends! + Mark Your Calendar. The dates of the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food are Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6. Our annual Opening Night Party, presented by the Art Institute of Charleston + supported by Charleston Magazine, will kick off the festivities on Wednesday, March 4. The evening will be a festive celebration and we're affectionately calling it "Cheers to Charleston!" - a fitting opener, indeed. + Get ready for a new Culinary Village experience. The cornerstone of Charleston Wine + Food, the Culinary Village, will span three days: Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8. We are no longer hosting two individual tasting sessions; instead, your $100 ticket ($70 for locals on Sunday) grants you an all-access experience that spans a full five hours (12-5p.m.). That's plenty of eating, drinking and feasting your senses throughout the hundreds of tastings, demos, author signings and more taking place each day in Marion Square. + We'll see you at The Hub. New to the Village footprint this year is The Hub (formerly our Grand Tasting Tent), an open-air tasting extravaganza with plenty to please every palate. Other Village features include an expanded Third Space, Artisan Market, hundreds of chef conversations and tastings, our beloved Hands-On Kitchen, beer + rosé gardens, cookbook signings, chef sightings, retail therapy, live music and more. No matter your craving, Culinary Village is a must for your #CHSWFF itinerary! + Make it a date at one of our Signature Dinners. Our immensely popular Signature Dinner Series allows local chefs the opportunity to work with renowned guest chefs and winemakers to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for CWF guests. In 2016, over 25 Signature Dinners will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You'll want to enjoy and experience the unforgettable flavors created by our beloved local chefs and their guests. (Insider tip: Reserve your seats right away. These dinners sell out fast.) + Excursions are better than ever in 2016, so make plans to see even more of the Lowcountry. Hop aboard a chartered boat and let us whisky you away to Bulls Bay Saltworks. Dive into the culinary history and cultural impact of the Gullah people. Experience the bounty of the sea aboard a fishing boat, then enjoy a special preparation of the day's catch by critically acclaimed chefs. Travel to Hemingway, South Carolina for lunch with one of the country's most respected pitmasters. There's obviously much in store, so beckon your inner explorer and plan your own ultimate Charleston culinary adventure! Friends have benefits at Charleston Wine + Food. including exclusive events and your own personal CWF concierge. If you are interested in our Friends of the Festival program, contact Nysa Hicks (843-727-9998 x8) and find out in more detail how you can enjoy these perks throughout the 2016 festival season. (Of importance: your donation gets you perks, yes, but most importantly it supports our 501(c)(3) mission of benefiting the next generation of culinary talent through scholarship programs. How friendly is that?!) There's something for everyone. Our lineup of events for 2016 ranges in size and theme, so be sure to check our website to find out when an event is close to selling out and be sure you are signed up for our newsletter so that you are first to know about any new additions. +We've planned events for every budget. The coming year's festival includes over 30 events that are less than $100.  Spread the flavor, y'all. We don't like to eat or drink alone, so be sure you are sharing/following/posting/pinning/liking/tagging #CHSWFF across all our official social media platforms (FacebookTwitterInstagram, Pinterest). Stay connected and experience all the flavors of 2016 along with us. + You don't have to wait until March. Veuve, anyone! Clicquot en Route is headed to Charleston and will be making a stop at the stunning William Aiken House Tuesday, October 13. Not to be missed, this festive afternoon will include bubbly and delicious bites by local chefs. Let this be your first stop along this year's CWF journey.  We hope you are as jazzed as we are to celebrate eleven years of Charleston Wine + Food. Perhaps we will see today at A Boozy Brunch – our ticket launch party presented by Limehouse Produce + supported by Charleston Magazine. As a matter of fact, there are a few tickets left. All we can say is, CHEERS!
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TOP TEN FESTIVAL TIPS

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  1. Don't hesitate to ask staff or volunteers for help - you are our guest and we want you to have an amazing experience! - Gillian Z., Executive Director
  2. It's a marathon - not a sprint. Drink plenty of Dasani water with your Rose. - Patrick Emerson, Beverage
  3. Tickets can be printed (one time only - otherwise use the reprint button) or scanned via your phone screen. Come see or call the ticketing team in Marion Square if you need help. - Stephen B., Ticketing
  4. Savor the one-on-one chef experiences this year - we worked hard so you could meet and chat with Charleston chefs and their friends! - Mary Z. + Liz B., Talent Wranglers
  5. Share the decade with your friends with our hashtag (#chswff). And, don't forget to download our App to help you plan your schedule, learn more about chefs, connect with festival updates and more - Cathryn Z, Communications
  6. The Culinary Village is an all-day, all-access ticket (12-6pm). Grand Tasting Tent has a set time, but everything else is yours all day to enjoy - Erin C., Events
  7. We love them, but for your safety and ours, no children or pets at the events, please. - Kristen B., Special Projects
  8. Thanks for your support of our partners - we couldn't do it without them...or you! - Nysa H., Development
  9. Have a Green Heart at the 2015 festival: respect for yourself, respect for your friends, and respect for the Earth - Green Heart Project (community partner)
  10. #toastthedecade - 10 Years of Charleston Wine + Food!
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A Whiskey, Tequila + a Gin Walk Into A Pop-Up Cocktail Bar...

Mix and mingle with some of the top mixologists in the country and taste some of the finest luxury spirits in the world at the new Pop-Up Cocktail Bar, presented by Bulleit Bourbon, located in the Culinary Village. Check the schedule below to plan your mixology experience in the Culinary Village. Charleston_Wine_And_Food_PopUp_Cocktail_BarIf smoky smooth bourbon is your choice of spirit, be sure to catch Diageo USA’s luxury brand mixologist, Elayne Duff in action. Elayne will showcase Bulleit 10, a selected reserve whiskey in a variety of cocktails. Bulleit 10 has been aged for 10 years in charred American white oak barrels – which means that the Bulleit 10 you’ll be sipping was created the same year that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival started – how fitting! elayne_duff If whiskey wets your whistle, Todd Richman, who was honored with the prestigious award of Best American Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in 2013 will be presenting classic and modern cocktails featuring rye whiskey and Crown Royal while behind the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar. There is nothing old fashioned about one of his Crown Royal Old Fashioned cocktails. todd_richman If tequila is your passion, Gina Castillo will illustrate the craftsmanship of Tequila Don Julio, made from 100% purse blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco. Agave plants grow for seven to ten years before being harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. Don’t miss the chance to sample the world’s first luxury tequila. gina_castillo If gin brightens your palate, Tanqueray No. 10 will be featured in the ever-classic South Side cocktail, presented by Rachel Ford (aka Lady Tanqueray). Why the number 10? Not only on-trend to celebrate a decade of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Tanqueray No. 10 is crafted in a small No. 10 still. This award winning spirit is in the World Spirits Hall of Fame. Now that’s something to raise a glass to. rachel_ford Enjoy the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar courtesy of the festival's Official Cocktail Sponsor Diageo USA, and help us #ToastTheDecade. Cheers!
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