Hands down, my favorite festival of the year is right around the corner: Charleston Wine + Food!
I got my tickets well in advance, but for those of you who are still debating whether or not to go, or what events are worth attending, let me help you make this decision.
- Read more from Queen of the Food Age (CLICK HERE)
Many of the events are pretty pricey, but I’ve found some options that sound really fun that still have tickets available for under $100. So if you’ve never been, this is the year to go!
BURNED - $65
Thursday, March 7, 7-10 p.m.
Location: The Cedar Room
One of the more unique events at CHSWFF this year, Burned features a panel of storytellers who, through various forms of storytelling, will take the audience on a journey centered around the word “burned.” The multi-sensory experience is complete with bites and sips that are also reminiscent of the word “burned,” but it in the best possible way.
HIPSTER COCKTAIL PARTY - $85
Thursday, March 7, 8:30-11 p.m.
Location: Lo-Fi Brewing
This late night party definitely leans into the theme of “irony” and invites attendees to get out their phones and bring out their inner hipsters (after all, if you don’t post it to the ‘gram, did it really happen?). Featuring artisanal cocktails, craft brews, and Instagram-worthy dishes, guests will eat, drink, and dance the night away to a DJ spinning old-school vinyl.
RetrEAT - $95
(For Health Nuts)
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: The Schoolhouse
In one of the more health-focused events of the festival, a talented team of wellness experts--including Kathryn Budig, Seamus Mullen, Ellie Richter, Caryn O’Hara, and Liz Moody--will cover the many different facets of living a healthy and balanced life. Guests will also get to experience healthy bites and sips and shop from wellness vendors.
- Read more in 4 the Lowcountry (CLICK HERE)
HOLI CITY SHAKEDOWN - $85
(For The Culinary Adventurer)
Saturday, March 9, 8-10:30 p.m.
Location: Navy Yard Power House
Playing on the “holy city” vibe, this event pays homage to the colors and flavors of India and the Holi Festival at this late night bash. Guests will enjoy Indian-inspired cuisine, crafted cocktails, and other offerings as they enjoy a Holy City take on the traditional Holi festival. To top off the night, they’ll also be hosting a color bombing experience to cap off the celebration.
FEED YOUR [SPIRIT] - $65
Sunday, March 10, 8-10 a.m.
Location: Gibbes Museum of Art
If you’ve ever tried to recreate Beyonce’s dance from the Single Ladies video, then this is the event for you. Jennie Broe of Dance Lab is leading a hip hop workout set inside an art gallery (The Gibbes Museum of Art), and will feature awesome music for a heart pumping workout, and healthy bites and sips for a truly energizing morning.
SOUTHERN RENAISSANCE - $95
(For Southern Food Enthusiasts)
Sunday, March 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cigar Factory
Charleston Wine + Food’s annual end-of-festival bash is featuring an all-star line-up of extremely talented chefs--including Scott Crawford, Maneet Chauhan, Vivian Howard, Rodney Scott and more--who are carrying on the tradition of southern cooking, in all its many forms. Guests will also enjoy the sounds of the South from the award-winning Marshgrass Mamas, as well as vendors and artisans whose crafts are inspired by our beautiful southern surroundings.
- See the officials Charleston Wine + Food event schedule (CLICK HERE)
(Sydney Gallimore is a cat-loving food writer who's lived in Charleston for almost 10 years. Her life is fueled by meals at various restaurants around the Holy City, iced coffee, and craft cocktails. For more of her food-related adventures, visit her blog, Queen of the Food Age.)