Just when you thought the festival couldn’t get any better, two family-friendly elements have been added to the Charleston Wine + Food schedule. The best part of all is that you don’t need to purchase a ticket to participate in the fun, food, and entertainment that have characterized this special event during its 16-year run.
The 2022 Wine + Food Festival is scheduled for March 2 through March 6, and the entire Lowcountry community is welcome to enjoy a bite, a sip, and a great time.
Flick at Nite is set for March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Hampton Park near the Rose Pavilion. There’s no charge for the movie, “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Guests can enjoy complimentary popcorn and other fun experiences! Remember to bring your own blankets and beverages for comfort and enjoy food and drink for purchase at some of Charleston’s most beloved local food trucks.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is the story of a family that leaves India for France, where they open a restaurant directly across the road from a famed French eatery—initially, with potentially serious consequences. The movie stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, and Om Puri. This free event is supported by Live 5 News.
The second free event offers a place where local residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to sample food and drink offered by various food trucks. The Pavilion, located at the Culinary Village at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, will be open for business from March 4 through March 6 from 10:30 a.m.a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests of all ages are welcome.
“We’re so grateful that the community has supported the Festival for all these years,” says Charleston Food + Wine Executive Director, Gillian Zettler. “By programming opportunities for everyone to gather, we hope to create an even bigger platform for everyone to enjoy the spirit of the Festival.”
A few other changes are in store for the Charleston Food + Wine this year. Aside from free programming, Charleston Wine + Food is also providing more financial support for its talent—including covered food products, travel stipends for those who travel to the Holy City, and additional guest access to events.
“Our talent has helped us shape new and expanded offerings that are making the event even more enjoyable,” says Marketing + Communications Director, Alyssa Smith. “We mean it when we say that we love our talent.”
From Charleston to Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Summerville, North Charleston, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, and Sullivan’s Island, approximately 250 restaurants are participating in the 2022 event. Additionally, more than 100 live events are on the agenda. Born in 2005, the Festival has attracted more than 335,000 visitors and pumped north of $112.2 million into the local economy. This year, according to Smith, between 25,000 and 28,000 are expected to take advantage of all the food, fun, and entertainment offered at the celebration.
“Charleston Wine + Food shines a spotlight on the culinary traditions of the Lowcountry,” Smith explains. “That generates a very real economic impact for our region.”
“We’re laser-focused on delivering a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved: guests, volunteers, vendors, and our talent.”
To learn more about Charleston Wine + Food and to purchase event tickets, visit charlestonwineandfood.com.