February 28 - March 4, 2018

Charleston Wine + Food

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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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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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Storytellers of the Culinary South

Crosbys_BoatFor three years, Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with Southern Foodways Alliance, a member-supported organization at the University of Mississippi whose mission is to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. In fall of 2014, the Southern Foodways Alliance began working on The Saltwater South, a long-term oral history project documenting the stories of men and women making their living off the waters of the American South, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and the inlets, rivers, and creeks moving through the region. The project started in the Lowcountry, and the SFA and Charleston Food + Wine have partnered to premiere these stories at the 2015 festival. Panels showcasing the interviewees will be spread throughout the Culinary Village and guests can hear full histories on-line or watch oral histories on the festival landscape. The Saltwater South: Charleston Stories will be released on the SFA’s web site in conjunction with the festival. Some of stories from shrimpers and oysterwomen, crabbers and fishermen, will be on display throughout the Culinary Village during the festival. And to celebrate the stories behind Lowcountry kitchens and tables, the Southern Foodways Alliance will debut the SFA Oral History Bus at Charleston Wine + Food, filming oral history interviews and collecting stories of Charleston’s culinary past and present at the 2015 festival. With the support of Charleston Wine + Food, the Southern Foodways Alliance will document stories of Charleston’s cooks, artisans, chefs, farmers, and purveyors during the festival. These culinary luminaries will share their stories of the Lowcountry. While some are Charleston natives and some are from afar, all claim this place as the source of their influence and inspiration. Join us to learn, share and swap delicious and historic stories of the Lowcountry at the 2015 festival. saltwater south
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