Looking for an event that shines a bright and enduring spotlight on all that the Lowcountry has to offer? Look no further than Charleston Wine + Food, a five-day celebration of coastal Carolina’s chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, experts, and food enthusiasts.
Scheduled for March 2 through March 6, this year’s version of Wine + Food will feature more than 100 live events, all aimed at cementing Charleston’s reputation as the culinary capital of the South. If the agenda looks a little different than it did in the past, well,
that’s because it is. In more ways than one, Wine + Food is bigger and better than ever before.
Take, for instance, A Natty Pizza Party, slated for March 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., where you’ll be able to fill up on wine and pizza before hitting the dance floor. You’ll be feeling funky + fermented while enjoying the offerings of Dough Boyz, Renzo, Weltons Fine Foods, High Pies, Uptown Social, and Pizzeria Vittoria. Don’t even think that this is your average pizza party—it’s not.
If wine and pizza (somehow) aren’t your thing—you might be interested in some of the all-stars from the land of smoke. We’re not talking about ribs, brisket, and chicken: They pretty much speak for themselves. At Side Hustle, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Brittlebank Park, we’ll be highlighting all the sides that make the meal complete. You’ll have the opportunity to sample hash, mac + cheese, greens, slaw, and more. And as always, there will be plenty of barbeque on hand!
A Natty Pizza Party and Side Hustle both are limited to guests 21 and older, and the same is true for NightCap. Is there any reason to go home and sit on your couch once the sun goes down? I didn’t think so. Instead, spend the nighttime hours of March 4 or March 5—or both—in the Culinary Village at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. On Friday, this incredible food + beverage + entertainment combination will feature headliner Lake Street Dive and opening act Niecy Blues.
Saturday’s show includes the soulful sounds of St. Paul & The Broken Bones—from Birmingham, Alabama—and the Grammy-nominated rock/rhythm and blues/soul group, Tank and The Bangas, from New Orleans.
On both nights, the doors open at 7:00 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. and the show goes on until 11:00 p.m.
So what else is new and different this year at Charleston Wine + Food? According to Marketing and Communications Director Alyssa Smith, non-ticketed guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages at The Pavilion, adjacent to the Culinary Village at Riverfront Park, Friday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
She added that Wine + Food will host its first-ever family-friendly outdoor movie on March 3 at Hampton Park. Free popcorn and water will be available, and participants also will be able to visit food trucks.
Smith also pointed out how important Wine + Food is to the Charleston area.
“It shines a spotlight on the culinary traditions of the Lowcountry and broader South. We also showcase emerging and established talent in ways that allow them to connect and grow. We’re laser-focused on delivering a fun, memorable experience for everybody involved,” she said.
To learn more about Charleston Wine + Food and to purchase event tickets, visit charlestonwineandfood.com.