The annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture, which benefits scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC you get front row seats to this fun and exciting event!
The ninth annual BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival will be the biggest edition yet, taking place March 6-9 in and around Charleston. The non-profit festival brings together the region's culinary heavyweights alongside some of the country's most lauded chefs, artisan producers, winemakers and mixologists.
Amid the dizzying array of dinners, seminars, tastings and parties, the fulcrum of the festival is the bigger-than-ever culinary village, where attendees can experience the grand tasting tent (40-plus food and beverage vendors from around the country), celebrity demo kitchen, Southern Foodways Alliance culinary hub, outdoor grilling area and a new open-air artisan market.
Beyond an impressive assortment of chefs and personalities many consider the star of the festival to be Charleston itself -- the historic city provides a variety of atmospheric event spaces such as the Old City Jail and the William Aiken House. The festival also stands out for its exceptional roster of acclaimed farmers, purveyors, and BBQ pitmasters, as well as its spotlight on Lowcountry cuisine through events including a pluff mud oyster roast and Gullah luncheon.
Since 2006, the festival has donated more than $325,000 to area charities and scholarship programs. This year's culinary community partner is GrowFood Carolina, the state's first non-profit local food hub. Based in Charleston, the program connects area farmers with local retailers and restaurants.