March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

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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 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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