Enjoying Charleston Wine + Food Festival On A Budget

Lorena Jordan



Alongside the illustrious history, Charleston provides lies another equally-adored aspect within the Holy City: its growing food and beverage industry.


From March 1st to the 5th, tourists and locals are invited to celebrate all the Holy City offers during its annual Charleston Wine +Food festival.


Now in its 11th year, the event promises a spectacular show for foodies and first-time attendees.


Adding to the richness of the festival are events designed for the budget-conscious traveler.


Here’s a breakdown of 10 events under $100:


The Business of Food—3pm-5pm, Thursday, March 2nd at the Sottile Theatre. $70

We all dream of getting a piece of the pie through a restaurant or food truck, but how does it happen? Join Danny Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group. Renowned chef, baker and author Nancy Silverton will chat with Charleston’s very own Karalee Fallert, founder of The Green Heart Project and mastermind behind beloved local favorites Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen, The Park Cafe, and The Royal American to learn their secrets of the trade.


Dynamic Drinking: Making Sinskey of it All—5pm-6:15pm, Thursday, March 2nd at the Historic Charleston Foundation. $95 

Renowned winemaker Robert Sinskey, along with Winderlea Vineyard and Chateau Pesquie provide a tasting of dynamic + organic wines from various regions around the globe. 


Fowl Mouth—7:30pm-10pm, Thursday, March 2nd at Cooper River Brewing Company. $95 

Locally crafted beers and a well-feathered roundup of chefs for this high-smoke, high-energy culinary adventure featuring all things winged fowl. 


Commodores + Admirals—10pm-midnight, Thursday, March 2nd at The Commodore, 504 Meeting Street. $75 

Who says dive bars can’t be classy? Charleston’s latest night-time hotspot, The Commodore, wants you to come dance your cares away while sampling array of amazing craft cocktails and bites by Cory Burke of Roti Rolls


The Ice Age of Mixology—2:30pm-3:45pm, Friday, March 3rd at Proof on King Street. $75

If you’re like me, your home-made cocktail re-creations never quite remind you of the superb drinks you have while out. Join mixologist Charlotte Voisey as she shows you how it’s your ice that makes all the difference from an average drink to one that’s remembered.


Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food—6:30pm-10pm, Friday, March 3rd at 70 East Bay Street. $40

This ain’t your mama’s boring panel on how to make great food and wine. Instead, a stellar line of food trucks gets your palettes in the mood for an inspiring discussion on all items food! The lineup includes:

Germaine Jenkins, Fresh Future Farm
Shuai Wang + Corrie Wang, Short Grain
Carrie Morey, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Ellen Bennett, Hedley & Bennett
Weston Fennell, Limehouse Produce
Ben Towill, The Fat Radish
Stephanie Burt, The Southern Fork
Chris Winn, Tradesman Brewing Co., Emcee

I’m just saying, don’t miss it!!

What the Pho?—8pm-10:30pm, Saturday, March 4th at 98 Ripley Point Drive. $70

Come rain or shine, this event at the Creuset Atelier is going to provide you energy music by DJ Rehab, Asian cuisine, and a lineup of a dozen local and guest chefs offering their spin on oodles of noodles and other flavorful Eastern bites.


Namaste Bubbly—10am-12:30pm, Sunday, March 5th at the Cedar Room in the Cigar Factory. $65

Join your fellow revelers as you work off some weekend overindulgence with an exclusive yoga class taught by local favorite Cortney Ostrosky, followed by delicious healthy fare. You know you want to!


Pedals and Pints—1pm-2pm, Sunday, March 5th at 1647 King Street Extension. $65

Charleston never misses an excuse to get dressed up, and this ride is no exception! Meet all of your favorite brewmasters and take a romantic bike ride through Charleston while learning their secrets. Bikes are brought or rented.


Iron Mixologist—1:30pm-2:45pm, Saturday, March 4th at Bar Mash. $65

Four of Charleston’s finest bartenders will battle through three rounds of cocktail combat in a series of challenges demanding creativity, speed, quick thinking and composure behind the bar during the sixth installment of this event. Charlotte Voisey of William Grant & Sons USA will host so come watch the showdown and enjoy exclusively created cocktails!



So there you have it, folks. You too can enjoy the Wine + Food festival even on the tightest of budgets. Purchase tickets here! See you there!