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With more than 85 food-related events on the schedule for the 2013 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, attendees had no trouble finding one that spoke to their taste buds. Here are a few highlights that were popular among attendees.
The Soul Food Shuffle day trip focused on Charleston’s food history. Local farmer and food writer Jeff Allen led attendees on a tour through the celebrated soul food Charleston is known for. Several stops left us salivating, including Ernie’s for okra soup and flavorful lima beans, and Bertha’s Kitchen in North Charleston for its famous macaroni and cheese, turkey prioleau (a slow-cooked rice-and-meat stew) and bread pudding.
The Culinary Village and Grand Tasting Tents were safe havens where attendees indulged in cuisine and cocktails from more than 80 food and beverage vendors. It was also home to the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen, where guests viewed live cooking demos; the Avalon Wine Outdoor Living + Grilling Area, which also featured live grilling and tastings; a Book Signing Tent; and the Whole Foods Market Wine Shop.
Neighborhood restaurant and bar Closed for Business hosted the best bash for beer lovers. The Allagash Brewing Company Craft Beer Dinner was a five-course tasting of Closed for Business’ Southern pub grub paired with Allagash’s Belgian-style ales.
The festival ended on a high note at the traditional Lowcountry Jazz Brunch at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation. The three-course brunch included fare from a variety of Charleston’s top restaurants, signature Southern Bloody Marys and mimosas, and live music from local favorite The Mark Sturbank Group, featuring Quiana Parlor and Quentin Baxter.