Charleston SC Food & Wine Festival

Charleston, S.C., should be at the top of your list of places to visit in 2018. With its rich history, southern hospitality and nearby beaches, Charleston is a charming city that appeals to visitors of all ages. It's an especially big draw for foodies. The coastal city is home to several James Beard Award-winning chefs and over 150 restaurants, which include fine dining and local cuisine. You can experience the "best of the best" at the upcoming Charleston Wine & Food Festival. 

The Charleston Wine & Food Festival is an annual celebration of southern culture and cuisine. Scheduled for Feb. 28 through Mar. 4, the event showcases some of the city's best restaurants, and features celebrity chefs, libation experts and live entertainment. Check out the different ways you can enjoy the festival.

The Culinary Village is located in Marion Square, and is the heart and soul of the festival. An all-inclusive ticket guarantees five hours of tasting and sipping, chef demos, live music, shopping and more. The Artisan Market features local and regional artisans who showcase handcrafted, culinary and lifestyle products. In the Hub, savor samples from restaurants, producers and distillers from around the country. More than 15 craft breweries will offer bar space in The Biergarten, while wine tasting will take place in The Corkyard. The Culinary Village opens Friday, Mar. 2 and continues through Sunday, Mar. 4.

Many Signature Events that range in size, concept and identity, allow guests to sample food and beverage in a non-traditional atmosphere. These events often sell out fast and include some of the most memorable experiences. From Opening Night in the Culinary Village and Bourbon Affair at the American College of the Building Arts, to Low and Slow at Runnymede Plantation and Namaste Bubbly at Charleston Power Yoga, Signature Events can be booked specifically with your tastes in mind. Don't wait!

Signature Dinners are another way to experience the cuisine. Famous restaurants like Poogan's Porch, The Grocery and Drawing Room offer unique dining opportunities throughout the festival. The Signature Dinners are reserved for at least two hours so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.

If you're looking for an intimate and educational platform to experience wine, beer and cocktails, consider a Beverage Workshop. Led by beverage professionals from all over the world, these events include Wine Blending: Flavor with a Backstory, The Brewmaster's Table, Holy Smokes, Shiraz Coast to Coast, 1,000 Miles of Pinot, Iron Mixologist and more. 

In a variety of Charleston restaurants and venues, you can participate in Brunches and Lunches, where you will enjoy a specially curated menu with beverage pairings. Halls Chophouse, The Obstinate Daughter and The Charleston Grille have already sold out. Only a few remaining restaurants are open, so if you're interested, make reservations as soon as possible. 

For a guided educational experience, try an Excursion. Some of the experiences include Reap and Sow, The Pollination Proclamation and Guided Paddling Eco-Tour. Be sure to carve out several hours in your day if you plan to do an Excursion. You can also get more involved in the fun with Hands-On Classes. Taught by chefs, artists and experts, each class offers a different theme and cuisine focus. 

Charleston is a favorite tourist destination year-round. It's also home to some of the best festivals and events in the U.S. Don't miss out on the 2018 Charleston Wine and Food Festival; Let AAA Travel plan your trip. AAA Travel can book your hotel, offer member discounts, and make reservations for many of the festival events. Use TripTik for easy driving directions and find the best possible route from your home. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit your local AAA Travel office to learn more. 




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