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The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival is an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s best food and wine. The four-day culinary event began in 2006, and the 2013 festivities ran from Feb. 28 to March 3 in Francis Marion Square. The festival is considered one of the top food and wine celebrations in the United States, and attracts chefs, food professionals and winemakers from across the country.
In 2012, more than 21,000 people attended the event and participated in 75-plus programs. The 2013 lineup was equally stellar, boasting 85 exclusive dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants and private homes, classes at Charleston Culinary Institute, and a huge foodie village with tasting tents, celebrity chef cooking demos, book signings and a pop-up Le Creuset store. High-caliber guests include Boston’s Barbara Lynch, Atlanta’s Hugh Acheson and Linton Hopkins, Blackberry Farm’s Joseph Lenn, Miami’s Michelle Bernstein, Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson, Allagash Brewing Company’s Naomi Neville and mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
Tickets for the festival’s most popular programs sell out fast every year, but single-event tickets are usually easier to find as the festival dates draw near. Still, we recommend securing your tickets for the 2014 festival as soon as possible if you plan to attend. Proceeds benefit local culinary charities and scholarships, and since its inception, the non-profit festival has raised more than $325,000.