The 2017 edition of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival boasts more than 100 events over five days (it started Wednesday), featuring “homegrown flavor” with notable local and guest chefs, mixologists, winemakers, storytellers and artisans, adding up to around 500 professionals stirring everything up. The types of events run the gamut, with brunches, lunches and dinners, workshops and classes, excursions and late night food and beverage celebrations with live music.
You can count on two hands, and feet, and a friend’s hands, the number of events priced under $100, including Commodores + Admirals at The Commodore on Thursday (wear your dancing shoes), Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food at the Sottile Theater on Friday (have on your listening ears) and The Big Lebrewski at Ashley Lanes Tavern on Saturday (take socks for your bowling shoes).
The Culinary Village in Marion Square is already sold out for Saturday, but at press time, tickets were still available for Friday and Sunday ($125), with Sunday's admission reduced to $75 for locals. The village is ripe with options, including an artisan market, biergarten, chef demonstrations, and no surprise, wine and food tasting “experiences.” Live music will be played by local artists, including The Bluestone Ramblers, The Harrows, The Reckoning and more. And of course, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for some “Top Chef” sightings. Check the event’s website for details, including availability and pricing.
WHEN: Daily through March 5
WHERE: Various venues, primarily downtown Charleston
MORE INFO: 843-727-9998, www.charlestonwineandfood.com