Festival Celebrates Charleston’s Culinary Culture

Festival Celebrates Charleston’s Culinary Culture

Wine + Food Fest_credit Andrew Cebulka (5)Let’s eat! And eat … and eat … and eat. The annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival is coming up March 4-8, bringing together incredible chefs, artists, authors and farmers from Charleston and beyond.

Some tickets are still available so make plans to enjoy this foodie favorite. If you’d like to graze, try the Culinary Village on March 6-8 in Marion Square with tastings, demonstrations, signings and music.

A festival favorite is the Waffle House Smackdown at 10 p.m. March 6. This late-night preliminary round will feature three chefs battling it out for a chance to compete against reigning champion Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in front of a panel of judges, including first-time Waffle House Smackdown winner Chef Mike Lata the following morning. Enjoy a Bloody Mary bar, Waffle House coffee and menu favorites while Bon Appétit Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton serves as host and referee.

Or toast the end of another festival with Toasted: The Festival Finale on March 8 at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant. Eat from a Wine + Food Fest_credit Andrew Cebulka (5)Southern table of fried chicken, country ham, Lowcountry vegetables and desserts while enjoying sunset views of the Holy City.

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival began in 2006 as Charleston’s culinary scene began to grow. Now, in 2015, the city has become a food phenomenon with award-winning restaurants and chefs plus a growing craft beer scene and an effort to use locally grown food. The festival has become a true celebration of Charleston’s local food culture with more than 100 events at venues around downtown Charleston.

The festival also benefits scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality industry through the Culinary Institute of Charleston, The Arts Institute of Charleston and the College of Charleston’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

(photos by Andrew Cebulka)

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