Support the Local Community at Charleston Wine + Food

It’s summer, which means you should already be planning to attend 2024’s Charleston Wine + Food (CHSWF), scheduled from March 6 to 10.

The five-day CHSWF festival always delivers plenty of fun. It’s packed with flavors and aromas and celebrates the Lowcountry’s foodways and their global influences. The CHSWF 2023 Festival was, by many measures, the best in 17 years. Consider these stats:

38,368 attendees showed up and showed out, with almost 43 percent visiting from 30 states. They each contributed to a $32 million economic impact, which represents their average spend ($1,687.17 per person) and reflects the wide range of businesses hired to produce 100-plus events (in 2023, 178 minority businesses helped make the festival happen).

People sipping wine and laughing at CHSWF
Photo by Alina Tyulyu @alinatyulyu, courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

More than 87 percent of visitors came to town solely for the CHSWF Festival, and it’s no wonder why: More than 300 chefs, distillers, brewers, winemakers, and other artisans gathered together with guests. Talent themselves from across the nation, as well as six countries (one chef traveled nearly 9,000 miles from Thailand and a winemaker ventured from Italy).

Every year’s festival packs an economic punch, and the team behind it works hard to make positive impacts on the environment and on local communities. This year saw a few firsts: the launch of a partnership with the City of Charleston on Street Fest. The free, family-friendly celebration took over Upper King with bands, food trucks, marshmallow roasts, and more, and it became an immediate fan favorite.

Young teen girls dancing in the middle of a crowd in the street at CHSWF.
Photo by Lawson Builder @lawsonbuilder, courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

Also new to 2023’s event was the partnership with high school culinary students throughout Charleston County. Three dozen of whom devoted 500 hours to learning the culinary craft from some of the best in the business. That partnership promises to continue into the future, as a bridge between ambitious young people and professional kitchens who welcome them.

To learn more about the 2023 Charleston Wine + Food festival’s economic impact, visit the annual report here.

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