Charleston Food and Wine Festival happens March 58 2009: Overcast Charleston

Charleston Food and Wine Festival happens March 58

Overcast CHARLESTON, S.C.

&8212 A four-day food and wine festival in Charleston is packed with events ranging from celebrity chef demonstrations and wine seminars to a cocktail cruise, gospel brunch and barbecue with blues music. The BB&ampT Charleston Food + Wine Festival, March 5-8, includes 50 events and raises money for the MUSC Children&8217s Hospital and other charities. The schedule kicks off with an opening night party March 5 where small plates from 21 of the city&8217s best chefs will be served. Among the March 6 events are &8220Flay Down South Charity Luncheon,&8221 hosted by celebrity chef Bobby Flay a &8220Culinary Village&8221 with tasting tents where 70 companies set up samples of food and wine a cookbook signing the King Street Sip + Stroll, where merchants host guest winemakers and a &8220Cocktails and Conversation&8221 cruise. Friday evening features Charleston&8217s Restaurant Dine-Arounds, where 18 local chefs share their kitchens with nationally acclaimed guest chefs. March 7 events include a burger demo by Bobby Flay, an Iron Chef-style cooking competition, a wine camp focusing on pinot trends, a wine tasting and auction, and a winemaker reception in private homes. Dinner options range from a 60-person dinner party in a downtown penthouse to a five-course menu in a home in Mount Pleasant. From 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Marion Square will host a &8220Bubbles & Sweets&8221 champagne-and-dessert event with dancing.

The schedule for March 8 includes a brunch with gospel music entertainment, a barbecue-and-blues event, wine seminars and a beer school and brewmasters beer dinner.

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