The city of Charleston
has gained attention recently for its excellent restaurants and chefs. While any time of year is a good one to check out the local food scene, there is one event that food enthusiasts will want to check out: the 2013 BB&T Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This annual festival takes
place in late February / early March and showcases a range of local, regional, and even national talents
. Plan a trip here to learn about Lowcountry cuisine
all while rubbing elbows with chefs, beverage professionals, and authors.
The 2013 Festival
In 2013, the BB&T Charleston Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for February 28 through March 3
. There are more than 80 events
that compose the festival schedule, including everything from launch parties to sommelier competitions to a bourbon luncheon. Whether you have a specific interest such as learning more about wine or tasting the local the interpretation of soul food, you will find multiple events to match.
The Culinary Village
While there's lots the festival has to offer, this is probably every festival goer's favorite place to hang out and, well, pig out. Tour the Grand Tasting Tents for cooking demos, wine tastings, and other culinary surprises.
There are a number of different ticket options available for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. People that want to try everything should sign up for the Ultimate Grand Weekend Pass
. For $1,050, this is an all inclusive pass, including access to exciting events like a live cooking demonstration from chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig
, April Bloomfield. Another option is the Variety Pass
, for $570. This doesn't open all doors of the festival but is a great option for those people that want to attend multiple events. The final pass option is the Wine Lovers Pass
, for $300.
In addition to these passes, tickets are also available to individual events. Visitors that don't plan on attending a large number of events could isolate one or two they are interested in and buy tickets just for that event. However, tickets do sell out in advance so don't wait until the last minute to purchase yours. Tickets for individual events range from $40 to $300 for sit-down dinners. All of the events are run by experts and offer the chance to learn more about your favorite wine, ingredients, cooking methods, and more.
The 2013 BB&T Charleston Food and Wine Festival is an all day event, kicking off with events in the morning around 10 or 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. It is possible to attend as many as four or five events in a single day - though all include tastings and it can be a challenge to keep up an appetite. There are some festival favorite events, such as the Thursday night launch party, scheduled as a Salute to Charleston's Chefs
On the Friday and Saturday of the festival there are often multiple events scheduled at the same time. This might force festival goers to choose between two appealing options, so be sure to check the schedule carefully before arrival. From jazz brunches to cocktail parties and fried chicken to barbecue, this festival is a celebration of all the pleasures of food and drink. Celebrity chefs and sommeliers will be present both at events and lingering around the festival to answer any and all of your questions.
A Trip to Charleston
The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. If you're planning a trip, be sure to make arrangements in advance. Not only are tickets sold out early, but the best accommodation is taken too. Charleston is full of charming condos and vacation rentals
that will deliver a sense of place in this historic city. Reserve your own vacation rental with plenty of space to put your feet up after an exciting day at the food festival.
What's nice is there are festival events all over town - from a wine event on Barre Street to the Opening Night Party at the South Carolina aquarium. That means no accommodation is in an inconvenient location.