As any local knows, there’s more to Southern cuisine than grits, pork, and rice. How about some carnitas, arroz, or maiz? Food travelers take note: There’s no better place to satisfy your palate’s wanderlust than at the Charleston Wine + Food’s Culinary Village (March 1 to 5). Returning to Riverfront Park for the second year, the three-day celebration lays out a world of flavors, inspired by the bounty of the Lowcountry and the influences of different regions and nations, chefs, caterers, distillers, brewers, and other artisans. The Charleston Wine + Food’s Culinary Village will delight guests one sweet or savory taste at a time.
New for Charleston Wine + Food Festival ’23:
The Culinary Village is serving up more food samples than ever for every ticket holder, in addition to for-purchase options. The Village has been divided into four delicious “neighborhoods,” full of iconic Lowcountry experiences. Specially added this year, the CV will shine a light on the Latin communities that make their home in the Lowcountry.
El Barrio is a celebration of the diverse flavors of South and Central America and the Caribbean region. Guests who snag a World of ‘Cue ticket will experience the vast array of textures, aromas, and flavors that make low-and-slow cookery so iconic…wherever it occurs. Sake To Me explores the nuanced world of rice wines, which are just as affected by the grain and the terroir as the adult beverages you may know better. That ‘Yak is the ultimate cognac tour–minus the international flights and jet lag, and My Sherry Amore will fortify your wine knowledge with a taste tour of Iberia.
Dedicated consumers of culinary content will enjoy the Podcast Lounge, where national and regional ‘casters conduct interviews with special guests in a shaded, caffeine-powered respite.
Conscientious guests who want to avoid driving after partaking can book space on a shuttle that connects downtown Charleston to the North Charleston Park multiple times a day. Reservations required.
“While we’re excited about what’s new this year, we’re also bringing back to the CV some crowd favorites,” says Alyssa Maute Smith, executive director. “People love dancing in the silent disco, learning at the demo stage, and interacting with our sponsors. So we’re giving the people what they ask for!”
Tickets are available for numerous events, but most will sell out before festival week. Buy yours today.
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