Complete Charleston Wine + Food Fest 2019 coverage 

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click to enlarge The cowboy song at Edmund’s Oast, made  with Wyoming whiskey, huckleberry, mint, lemon, and bitters

The cowboy song at Edmund’s Oast, made with Wyoming whiskey, huckleberry, mint, lemon, and bitters

I've lived in Charleston for almost six years, but I've never been privy to as many Charleston Wine + Food Fest events as I'd like. Time, money — you know the deal. This year will be different. I'll be City Paper’s boots-on-the-ground festival frontman, endeavoring to attend+eat+drink+connect today through the weekend. To do so, I, and the thousands of other foodie foot soldiers around me, will have to strike a happy balance. Walking that delicate line between enjoyment and over-indulgence, celebration and bacchanalia. Writer Stephanie Hunt outlines how to do just this — read on, and I’ll see you in the village. —Mary Scott Hardaway

How Cru served up smoked whole gator barbecue at Charleston Wine + Food
How Cru served up smoked whole gator barbecue at Charleston Wine + Food "We wanted to go a little overboard with our presentation"

Cru Catering executive chef Steve Boyer says that, since we see alligators all over the Lowcountry, for the waterfront event, "it seemed a perfect fit to serve gator." — Mary Scott Hardaway


Gorditas and greens punctuate 2019 Charleston Wine + Food finale at the Cigar Factory
Gorditas and greens punctuate 2019 Charleston Wine + Food finale at the Cigar Factory Springing Forward

When you walk into a party billed as a celebration of nontraditional Southern fare, you don't expect that to take the form of a riff on a lamb cheesy gordita crunch. — Sam Spence


Keeping it low-key cool with CBD brisket, charcoal steam buns, and avocado cake at the Hipster Cocktail Party for Charleston Wine + Food
Keeping it low-key cool with CBD brisket, charcoal steam buns, and avocado cake at the Hipster Cocktail Party for Charleston Wine + Food Living the Hipster High Life

Admittedly I had no idea what to expect when walking into the Charleston Wine + Food Hipster Cocktail Party on Thursday night. But from the start, they had the location nailed. — Sam Spence


Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford do the Charleston, eat Michelle Weaver's shrimp and grits, and more
Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford do the Charleston, eat Michelle Weaver's shrimp and grits, and more Today in Charleston

I've only been an inveterate Today show fan since I was ... five. Based on the crowds  and their neon signs at Waterfront Park this morning, I'm not the only one. I chatted briefly — three minutes and 20 seconds if we're counting — with Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker before they hosted the fourth hour of the Today show. — Mary Scott Hardaway


McCrady's signature dinner keeps diners' attention with ibérico bone broth and "nests" of bacon mousse eggs
McCrady's signature dinner keeps diners' attention with ibérico bone broth and "nests" of bacon mousse eggs Historic Halls

There’s a timelessness to McCrady’s. Flickering lanterns illuminate Unity Alley much as they did in 1778. Thick ground floor arches still open onto an interior courtyard (now bar) as they did in 1788. And the upstairs Long Room still hosts extravagant dinners fit for George Washington, who dined here on his 1791 Southern tour, describing the meal as “sumptuous” in his diary. — Allston McCrady


Charleston Wine + Food opening night serves as a reminder to have fun, but be mindful
Charleston Wine + Food opening night serves as a reminder to have fun, but be mindful Down with the detritus!

We love a solid mid-week party, one where the guests throw caution to the wind and pretend they don't, in fact, have work in the morning. One where top Charleston chefs are elbow to elbow — literally — with each other, turning out small plates that even in a moody, neon haze shine, ceviche glistening like gold. — Mary Scott Hardaway


How to navigate the Culinary Village at the 2019 Charleston Wine + Food festival
How to navigate the Culinary Village at the 2019 Charleston Wine + Food festival It takes a village

Each year, as spring rounds the corner and foodies flock to the Holy City en masse, the Charleston Wine + Food festival transforms Marion Square into its Culinary Village. There's so much fun to be had, we thought it'd be helpful to round up some highlights to hit each day, plus a breakdown of what "neighborhoods" make up the village. Godspeed. — Mary Scott Hardaway


For the health conscious festivalgoer, this year's Charleston Wine + Food offers much more than wine and food
For the health conscious festivalgoer, this year's Charleston Wine + Food offers much more than wine and food Feed your spirit

Ampersands are so not on the menu for this year's Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Not many "ands" in the program descriptions either. Instead, every compound subject in the festival's program copy gets joined by that clean-cut "+." — Stephanie Hunt


Full heart, full soul, full belly: Wine + Food wellness events
Full heart, full soul, full belly: Wine + Food wellness events Be well

Charleston Wine + Food is worth every calorie, but work some of them off and re-center before you dig in for more. — City Paper Staff


Six signature CHS Wine + Food events that aren't sold out (yet)
Six signature CHS Wine + Food events that aren't sold out (yet) Click + Buy

Some of our favorite events that aren't sold out – but act fast. — City Paper Staff


Rec Room hosting F&B worker after-party following Charleston Wine + Food on Sun. March 10
Rec Room hosting F&B worker after-party following Charleston Wine + Food on Sun. March 10 Recover under the overpass

As if we couldn't love the dive bar more, Rec Room has shown they not only speak for the PBR, but for the people, too. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Here are 30+ unofficial "fringe" events during Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2019
Here are 30+ unofficial "fringe" events during Charleston Wine + Food Festival 2019 Unofficial fun

We are but days away from the start of the 14th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Trust us, we have plenty of delicious coverage coming your way, but for now, get a taste of what's to come with this roundup of fringe events. — Michael Pham


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