Food & Wine Festival on a Budget~ Yes!

February 20, 2015

Great blog from the Free Times discussing how to enjoy the Charleston Food & Wine Festival without breaking the bank. We couldn’t help but share! 


“Life in Charleston can be expensive, as can the fancy social events that sport some high dollar price tags, especially in the case of the BB&T Wine and Food Festival. This celebration of the Lowcountry’s most delicious finds for the past 10 years offers the chance to learn a little more than during a typical dinner out, and the chance to talk to some of the city’s best chefs. The festival runs March 4-8, and tickets for events sell out quickly, so plan to plan ahead and buy tickets well in advance.

So if you, like most of us, want to experience a Wine and Food Festival event without having to borrow money from the kid’s college fund, the folks at Charleston Culinary Tours have created a list of $100 or less per person events on Saturday, March 7 that offer the best bang for the bucks for the average foodie:

The Park Café: Windy City meets Holy City, March 7, 12:00 p.m.
$100/person, 730 Rutledge Ave., Charleston
The Park Café is excellent, but very low key, so their willingness to host an event with chefs from two big-name Chicago restaurants,Blackbird and The Girl and the Goat, is laudable. Park Café’s Chef, Jon Amato, honed his skills at FIG, and now brings that aesthetic to a neighborhood-oriented restaurant with a very affordable menu. Chef Amato attempts to balance cost considerations with the preparation of extraordinary food.

Clammer Dave’s Oyster Roast, March 7, 2:00 p.m.
$65/person, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s waterfront Lookout Pavilion, 20 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC
This might be the most value-oriented event on the Festival’s schedule! Oyster Roasts are quintessentially Charleston and Clammer Dave is one of the signature providers of clams and oysters to Charleston restaurants. The event also includes Jon Zucker from Cru Café, a much loved Charleston restaurant that doesn’t seek out much media exposure.

Twenty-Six Divine Dinner, March 7, 7 p.m.
$100/person, 682 King Street
Enan and Jenn’s restaurant is truly a labor of love and that shows in the warm atmosphere, intimate setting and delicious food.”