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March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

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Brunch, Please

Are you a pancake person or a waffle person? Savory or Sweet? Do you run to the mimosas or Bloody Marys? These are the ultimate questions of every brunch enthusiast. Nothing beats a late morning feast with the people who understand chicken on waffles is a necessity and pancakes without blueberries are almost unlawful.   Thankfully, Charleston has no shortage in brunch adventures to keep you happy and full all weekend long. Even better, Charleston Wine + Food is bringing Charleston’s brunch game to the next level with four festival events that satisfy all types of brunch goers.   For those looking to have a colorful + collaborative brunch experience #BRUNCHSQUAD is meant for you. Join the wonderful host Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett, and her all-star chef co-hosts in a morning of prepping, making + enjoying a brunch that is sure to satisfy all of your brunch goals. Anyone looking for a soulful +  inspiring brunch, look no further than Harlem + Hominy. Take your time, sit back and relax while your tastebuds take you from Charleston to Harlem. A brunch event set among the oaks of Ashley Hall, each plate is full of soulful bites.   All the morning people out there, the loud + proud brunch goers, Queens on King is calling your name. Sip champagne and channel your inner diva with our guest Monica Van Pelt of Lips, Atlanta's Exclusive Show Palace for an early afternoon of entertainment you won’t forget. Calling all those looking for a southern + flavorful brunch, 1KEPT Breakfast is for you. Join executive chef Trey Dutton and his guest Allan Benton for this tasteful brunch. Filled with gourmet offerings, characteristic flavors along with cocktails and mimosas, this is morning worthy of waking up  for.  SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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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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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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One Month To Go + Tickets Still Available!

UPDATED 2.23.16

We are officially just one month away from the 2016 installment of Charleston Wine + Food, and we couldn't be more thrilled about all the tremendous flavor in store: amazing talent, amazing events, amazing partners, the list goes on! There's a healthy helping of wonderful events with tickets still available, and we wanted to offer up an easy-to-peruse list for you to explore. Fill your plate with everything from interactive classes to beverage workshops to signature dinners. We've also listed out all those events with tickets under $100. Trust us - there's something for everyone at the 11th annual serving of Charleston Wine + Food. (Be sure to look for the that denotes all our new experiences.) For easy searching + shopping, just click on the event that interests you and it will take you directly to the event page where you can get all the info and purchase your ticket. CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: The Natural Vine $95 Uncommon In The Commonwealth $65 Heirloom Whiskey Revival With High Wire Distilling Co. $125 Outstanding Women of Wine $100 Vega Sicilia Undiscovered $250 Wine Spectator Workshop: Tasting In The Dark With Virginia Dare Winery $65 ZiNG! $65 Cloudy Bay Reserve Tasting $125 How To Speak Mixologist $65 Higher Marques: Grande Marnier + Cheese $95 Bringing The Chef’s Garden To The Bar $65 Darioush Back Vintage Tasting $250 Expressions of Jura $95 No Filter With Jim Clendenen $150 Heitz Cellar “Martha’s Vineyard” Vertical Tasting $300 My Sherry Amore $65 Maison Ruinart: Still Bubbly After All These Years $75 Wines On The Edge: How Climate Change Is Altering European Viticulture $125 Krug Virtuoso $350 You Are What You Drink $65 California Varietals: A New Generation of Winemaking $95 By Invitiation Only: Dining With Darioush $500 Iron Mixologist $55 Masting Pinot With Ken Wright $200 Wine of Kings $250 Noble Roots: Tasting With Robert Foley $250 Meet Mezcal: Tequila’s Smokin’ Cousin $65 Brewers, Brewskies + Bowling $50 SIGNATURE EVENTS: Opening Night $150 Baked @ Bowen’s $125 Soiree A La Belle Etoile: Dinner Under The Stars $350 The Roasted Goat $85 A Bourbon Affair: Brown Water + Smoke $100 Of Garden + Grape $125 Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food $40 Coastal Cuvee $100 North + South + East + West: Le Tour Des Femmes $750 On The Rocks (N’ Roll) $95 Toasted: Up In Smoke $85 UNDER $100: The Natural Vine $95 The Roasted Goat $85 Uncommon in The Commonwealth $65 Wine Spectator: Tasting in The Dark With Virginia Dare Winery $65 ZiNG! $65 How To Speak Mixologist $65 Higher Marque: Grand Marnier + Cheese $95 Bringing The Chef’s Garden To The Bar $65 Expressions of Jura $95 Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food $40 My Sherry Amore $65 Maison Ruinart: Still Bubbly After All These Years $75 You Are What You Drink $65 California Varietals: A New Generation Of Winemaking $95 Iron Mixologist $55 Meet Mezcal: Tequila’s Smokin’ Cousin $65 On The Rocks (‘N Roll) $95 Beer For Breakfast @ Chick’s Fry House $85 Brewers, Brewskies + Bowling $50 Toasted: Up in Smoke $85 CULINARY VILLAGE: Culinary Village Friday $100 Culinary Village Saturday $100 Culinary Village Sunday $100 Culinary Village Sunday - Locals Save $30! Cheers! We'll see you at the festival.
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Raise your Bon Vivant! Official 2016 Cocktail Announced

On Wednesday, January 20, a panel of esteemed judges representing the nation’s cocktail community gathered for a private tasting at downtown’s Leaf Restaurant to select the winner of Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Cocktail Competition. Four local bar pros were selected from over 30 preliminary participants to compete for the chance to win bragging rights as the creator of the Official 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail. Supported by Imbibe Magazine, this year’s competition challenged the mixologists to put their own unique spin on the classic gin cocktail, the French 75. 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail Competition Finalists: Louli Burroughs, Fish Allen Lancaster, The Bar at the Spectator Hotel James Bolt, The Gin Joint Paul Yellin, Cane Rhum Bar 2016 Official Cocktail Competition Finalist Judging Panel: Adrian Biggs, Bacardi USA Senior Portfolio Ambassador Kat Kinsman, Editor at Large - Tasting Table Emma Janzen, Digital Editor - Imbibe John Aquino, Owner & Founder of Natural Blonde; President USBG-Charleston Travis Hartong, Liquor Buyer & Wholesale Manager - Bottles The winner was announced at Art in a Glass, an event that immediately followed the private judging, where guests enjoyed small bites and samples of all four finalist cocktails. Charleston Wine + Food is thrilled to reveal the Official Cocktail of the 2016 festival: Bon Vivant, crafted by Iouli Burroughs of Fish. The cocktail will premiere exclusively at the festival’s Opening Night: Cheers to Charleston! kick-off celebration, Wednesday, March 2, at Charleston Gaillard Center. (Tickets available here.) Congrats to all four finalists, and cheers to Iouli!
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First Taste: Cocktails + Canvas @ Art in a Glass

Charleston Wine + Food is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Official Cocktail Competition. The 8th annual competition, supported by IMBIBE, serves as a showcase and celebration of Charleston’s growing and vibrant cocktail culture. Over 30 local mixologists representing a diverse sampling of area bars and restaurants competed in a first-round cocktail showdown, December 17, 2015, at Duvall Catering & Event Design. Contestants were challenged with creating their own interpretation of the classic gin cocktail, the French 75. The first-round panel of judges included John Aquino (USBG-Charleston), Joe Raya (Bittermilk and Tippleman’s), Jon Calo (Burwell’s Stonefire Grill), and Travis Hartong (Bottles Beverage Superstore). The remaining four finalists will present their original cocktails during a final round of closed judging and the winner will be announced at Art in a Glass, scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30p.m. In addition to artful libations, artist Whitney Kreb will reveal her artwork created for the 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Poster. Each year, Charleston Wine + Food works with a local artist to produce an original piece of work that reflects the distinct flavor of the Lowcountry. Kreb is represented by the George Gallery in downtown Charleston. The price of the event is $50 and includes a sampling of all four final cocktails, small bites, and a 2016 Official Poster. Tickets are available for purchase right here. In addition to industry bragging rights, the winning cocktail will be featured exclusively at the festival’s kick-off event (Opening Night: Cheers to Charleston!, presented by Art Institute of Charleston + supported by Charleston Magazine), Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Charleston Gaillard Center. 2016 Official Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail Competition Finalists: Iouli Burroughs, Fish Allen Lancaster, The Bar at the Spectator Hotel James Bolt, The Gin Joint Paul Yellin, Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen Judges for 2016 Official Cocktail Competition Finals Include: Adrian Biggs, Bacardi USA Senior Portfolio Ambassador Kat Kinsman, Editor at Large -Tasting Table Emma Janzen, Digital Editor - Imbibe John Aquino, Owner & Founder of Natural Blonde; President USBG-Charleston Joe Raya, Owner & Founder of The Gin Joint; Bittermilk; Tippleman’s Event Details: Art in a Glass Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Leaf, 15 Beaufain Street, downtown Charleston 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. $50 Get tickets here.
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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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Let's Get Boozy!

Merry flavor seekers, rejoice! To celebrate the launch of our 2016 Ticket Season, we're throwing a boozy picnic, complete with lawn games, festive cocktails, endless rosè, and plenty of delicious brunch-inspired bites from a dozen local chefs. WHEN: Sunday, September 13, 11:30a.m. - 2:30p.m. WHERE: North Charleston's Navy Yard Quarters H & I, 1096 Navy Way Brunch Bites by Brannon Floire, The Granary Blair Machado, The Park Cafe Robert Stehling, Hominy Grill Heyward Davis, Grand Bohemian Emily Hahn, Warehouse Will Fincher, The Obstinate Daughter Robert Berry, Pancito & Lefty Travis Grimes, Husk Fred Neuville, Fat Hen Amalia Scatena, Cannon Green Remy Funfrock, The Sanctuary Emily Cookson, Edmunds Oast Brunch Cocktails featuring Cîroc and Don Julio by Lane Becker, The Ordinary Ryan Jones, The Grocery Cullen Wyatt, The MacIntosh ...and also... Chateau d'Esclans Rosé Bar Bloody Mary Bar featuring Fat & Juicy + Natural Blonde + Charleston Mix Live music by The Joe Clarke Quartet

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charleston_mag P.S. - Ignore the rules of post-Labor Day fashion and keep your summer-kissed silhouettes all dressed in white just one more weekend. Add a bowtie and/or pearls and you'll be ready to party, boozy picnic style. GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! We'll see you (and all your fabulous, flavor-seeking friends) there.
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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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