February 28 - March 4, 2018

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Cocktail Competition Semi-final: Get the Rum Down

On Monday, November 7th, a panel of esteemed judges representing Charleston’s vibrant cocktail community gathered for a private tasting at Le Creuset Atelier to select finalists for Charleston Wine + Food’s annual Cocktail Competition. Four local bar pros were selected from nearly 30 preliminary participants to compete for the chance to win bragging rights as the creator of the Official 2017 Charleston Wine + Food Cocktail. Supported by IMBIBE, this year’s competition challenged the mixologists to create an original cocktail inspired by rum. Our  contestants delivered fabulous renditions, but four bar bros truly popped the top off our expectations! Introducing the 2017 CHSWFF Cocktail Competition Finalists + Cocktails (in no particular order): Allen Lancaster, The Spectator Hotel : "No Bunny's Bizness"     no-bunnys-bizness Jeremiah Schenzel, Scarecrow: "Of Saints and Sailors" of-saints-and-sailors Anthony Kearse, Feathertop: "Havana Turkey Shoot in the Holy City" havana-turkey-shoot Ryan Welliver, The Cocktail Club: "Hamil-time" hamil-time Save the Date for our finalist round on December 7th in the form of a festive, rum-tastic event: Rum, Rum Rudolph! Final judging and our 2017 Cocktail Competition Winner will be announced at this event. Come rum, come all!
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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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