Charleston is arguably one of the tastiest cities in the country. Yeah, we’re small, but we’ve got a culinary scene that rivals even the big cities. Many events throughout the year celebrate our yummy options, one of the biggest and most accessible of which is Taste of Charleston. What started out as a one-day festival has grown into a three-day series of diverse events for all kinds of foodies.
Things start off Fri. Oct. 9 with an Iron Chef Competition at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus. Local chefs will compete in a head-to-head battle in the state-of-the-art amphitheater kitchen. Tickets are $20.
Saturday is Taste of the Kitchen at the same venue with sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy hands-on cooking demos, wine and beer classes, and a buffet lunch for $45. Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row is later that night from 6-8 p.m. at various downtown art galleries. ($20.)
Then Sunday is the Taste of Charleston main event at Boone Hall Plantation, which we’ve all come to know and love. Chefs from more than 40 local restaurants will be set up throughout the grounds, selling small plates of their food for just a few bucks each. There you’ll also find the Waiter’s Wine Race, cooking demos, music from the East Coast Party Band, a kid’s area, and beer and wine. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. —Erica Jackson