Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2016 Preview

Posted on February 24, 2016

Here in Charleston, March means two things – we can shed our winter coats as the temperatures (and humidity) start to rise again and one of our favorite events of the year, Charleston Wine + Food Festival, kicks off. Each festival is bigger and better than the last, and this year is no exception. Held at a variety of locations across the Holy City, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival runs from Wednesday, March 2 to Sunday, March 6. For us, that means five days of eating, drinking and checking out some of the country’s best culinary talent.

While we’d love to attend every single event on the itinerary, these are the ones we’re most looking forward to this year:

Baked at Bowen’sThursday night you’ll find us hanging out marsh side at Bowen’s Island restaurant, enjoying various preparations of fresh seafood and wines from the Pacific Northwest. Since chef Matt Bolus of Nashville’s The 404 Kitchen is involved, we know it’s going to be good. A beautiful Lowcountry sunset and seafood – what more could you want?

A Bourbon Affair: Brown Water + SmokeOn Friday afternoon, we’re breaking out the bourbon early with this popular event at the Cigar Factory. We’ll be sipping bourbon cocktails, sampling brown water from a variety of labels and snacking on bites from some of our favorite chefs, including Justin Burdett of the recently opened Local Provisions in Asheville.

Chicken S#!t BingoWe’ll round out Friday’s celebrations with a final stop at Lewis Barbecue for the Chicken S#!t Bingo event. From live music to Texas style barbecue to delicious side dishes from Paul Yellin of the upcoming Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen, we can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend.

Culinary Village – For us, Saturday is all about the Culinary Village in Marion Square. Perhaps one of the best ways to experience the festival, we love wandering from tent to tent, watching food demos and sampling all of the food and drinks prepared by festival participants. We’re especially excited to visit chef Alex Harrell of New Orleans’ Angeline in the “Fire” section, chef Kristen Essig of Meauxbar in the “Sea” section and 492’s Amanee Neirouz at the “I Scream, You Scream, Ice Cream” event.

On the Rocks (‘N Roll)Saturday evening you’ll find us closing out the weekend at On the Rocks (‘N Roll) where live music from native South Carolinian Nikki Lane sets the tone for a fun night of food and cocktail pairings from talented chefs and bartenders. Chef Emily Hahn of Warehouse will be plating one of her signature playful dishes alongside a cocktail from Warehouse’s co-owner James Groetzinger and bar manager Alex Copley.

We’re just one week away from opening night and we can’t wait – in the meantime, we’ll be hydrating in preparation. See you at the festival!