The countdown is on and our mouths are already watering in anticipation of the 2019 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, where refined interpretations of southern recipes and heirloom ingredients take center stage in the heart of historic Charleston. Scroll on to discover 8 palate-pleasing events under $100 and get ready for a foodie experience you (and your tastebuds) won’t soon forget.
Au Naturel | Thursday, March 7
Award-winning sommelier Jeff Kellogg is helming this workshop where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of the rising star of the wine world – natural wines. With the swanky Graft Wine Shop serving as home base, guests will hear about all facets of these varietals while sipping their way through a bevy of natural wines.
Burned. | Thursday, March 7
A line up of talented storytellers will share unique stories all centered around one word – Burned. From slam poetry to uplifting stories from speakers, including Amy Mills, Fawn Weaver and Anita Singleton-Prather, guests will immerse themselves in the worlds of the speakers for a multi-sensory experience. Bites and sips inspired by the night’s theme will be served as guests experience a truly inspiring night.
Hipster Cocktail Party | Thursday, March 7
Inspired by new and unconventional styles, this late night party is certainly the most ironically themed of this year’s festival. Featuring artisanal cocktails, craft brews and Instagram-worthy dishes, guests will bring out their inner hipster as they dance the night away to a DJ spinning old-school vinyl.
Boss Lady | Friday, March 8
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Charleston Wine + Food is creating a tea room experience of their own and diving headfirst into the history of suffragists. A panel of female culinary leaders, helmed by James Beard award-winning food editor Hanna Raskin, will explore the stories of Karalee Fallert, Tina Singleton, Germaine Jenkins and Jenny Dorsey, and share how they are continuing the legacy of the women who came before them. With a historic tea room serving as the backdrop, guests will enjoy a light lunch and inspired sips as they serve up a little social change with a cup of tea.
RetrEAT | Saturday, March 9
In this brand-new wellness experience, a talented team of wellness experts, including Kathryn Budig, Seamus Mullen, Ellie Richter, Caryn O’Hara and Liz Moody, are tackling all facets of living a healthy and balanced life. In between each experience, guests will enjoy healthy bites and sips while strolling through a market featuring specially-curated vendors.
Holi City Shakedown | Saturday, March 9
Charleston Wine + Food is paying homage to the colors + flavors of India and the Holi Festival at this late night bash. Guests will enjoy Indian-inspired cuisine, carefully crafted cocktails and other beverage offerings as they enjoy Charleston Wine + Food’s take on the traditional festival that brings people together. To top off the night, they’ll be hosting a color bombing experience of their own as they cap off the celebration.
Feed Your [spirit] | Sunday, March 10
Jennie Broe of Dance Lab is leading a hip hop workout set in one of Charleston’s most visually stunning locations – The Gibbes Museum of Art. This class is equipped with good vibes and awesome music for a heart pumping, soul satisfying great time. Following their dance session, guests will enjoy healthy bites and sips to wrap up an upbeat and energizing morning.
Southern Renaissance | Sunday, March 10
The South’s culinary community has seen a resurgence in recent years as a new wave of chefs introduce their takes on traditional southern cuisine. We are welcoming an all-star line up of these talented chefs, including Scott Crawford, Maneet Chauhan, Vivian Howard, Rodney Scott and more, to celebrate the finale of the 14th year of Charleston Wine + Food. Guests will also enjoy the sounds of the South from the award-winning Marshgrass Mamas and artisans and makers who are crafting bespoke items inspired by our beautiful landscape.
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