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Just a few hours drive down I-26, nestled between grassy marshes and the Atlantic, sits the city of Charleston – known for his historic sights, undeniable charm, and, of course, it’s dining scene.

You may have visited Charleston during the summer when the air hangs heavy like spanish moss and the beaches are lined with visitors flocking to the city to soak up the sun. However, the spring offers a new set of opportunities for visitors and locals alike. Due largely in part to beautiful weather and city-wide events, visitors are now making the pilgrimage to the Holy City in March.

March 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. This year’s schedule of events offers guests the opportunity to experience Charleston in a brand new
way with over 130 experiences.

This March marks the 15th anniversary of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Highly regarded across the country as one of the best wine and food festivals, Charleston Wine + Food fuses homegrown flavor with chefs, winemakers, beverage professionals, musicians, artisans, and experts from around the globe for five flavorful days.

This year’s schedule of events offers guests the opportunity to experience Charleston in a brand new way with over 130 experiences; including Signature Dinners featuring a collaboration between top out-of-town talent with local chefs + restaurants, excursions rooted in educational storytelling, hands-on classes including a wellness track + cooking classes, beverage workshops featuring wine, beer and spirit tastings, and two days of panel programming designed for participating talent and industry professionals.

Tickets are officially on sale for the festival taking place March 4 – 8, 2020, and although the uber popular festival tends to sell out fast, there are still several event options you can snag to feed your appetite.

If you’re planning to make the trip to the Holy City in March, here is a short-list of our must-experience events. 

Night Bazaar Charleston Wine + Food Festival

New to the festival lineup this year, we’re transforming Holy City Brewing into a multi-night international market. Take your taste buds on a culinary world tour as you weave your way through food stalls and exciting experiences from all corners of the earth. Dance to live bands + DJ beats as you sip on wines, craft brews, and cocktails inspired by the flavors of a far off destination. Leave your passport at home and travel freely through this multicultural feast.

Culinary Village Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Located in Marion Square, the Culinary Village is the heart + soul of Charleston Wine + Food, and the 2020 menu is bigger and better than ever before. Opening Friday, March 6, and continuing through Sunday, March 8, an all-inclusive daily ticket guarantees five hours of tasting, sipping, chef demos, live music, retail therapy, and more. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a Wine + Food veteran, the Culinary Village must be on your festival week itinerary.

CHSWFF Academy 

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Class is in session! Grab your backpacks and get ready to head back to school for an evening that is as tasty as it is educational. Some of the industry’s leading experts will lead exciting + interactive experiences where you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of wine tasting, molecular gastronomy, cocktail-concocting, and more. With bites + sips inspired by cafeteria classics and room for you to cut a rug, this one is sure to be an A+.

Beverage Workshops 

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

From worldly wine workshops to spirited sessions from the industry’s top bar talent, if you’ve never attended a beverage seminar, you need to add it to your list! Beverage workshops offer intimate + educational classes where you’ll learn one-on-one from celebrated winemakers, brewmasters, and mixologists.