Charlotte culinary talent to represent city at Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 8-10

Top chefs, bartenders and brewers to give Charleston a taste of what Charlotte has to offer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Charlotte continues to garner media attention and accolades as one of the top emerging culinary destinations in the U.S. After positive feedback last year, the city will return to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival with a diverse group of culinary innovators to give Charleston— a city known for its cuisine— a taste of Charlotte's ever-evolving culinary landscape.

“Charlotte's culinary community is incredibly diverse and dynamic,” says Laura White, CRVA Director of Communications. "We have established ourselves as a city of culinary opportunity while continuing to grow in ways that garner regional and national attention. We are excited about opportunities like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival because it gives us a platform to showcase our culinary talent and inspire residents of important drive markets like Charleston to take a trip to Charlotte to experience it firsthand.”

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority will host the following events to showcase the Charlotte talent that will be represented at the festival:

  • Monday, March 4 (6-8 p.m.) – Charleston Wine + Food Festival Charlotte Send-Off Party at Sophia’s Lounge in Charlotte, North Carolina (invitation only)
  • Thursday, March 7 (7-10 p.m.) – Bob Peters Pop-Up Bartending at 5Church Charleston (open to the public)
  • Friday, March 8 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) – Charlotte Tastemakers Media Brunch at The Restoration in Charleston, South Carolina (invitation only)
  • Friday, March 8 Sunday, March 10 (12-5 p.m.) – Charlotte tent in Charleston Wine + Food Festival's Culinary Village (purchase tickets)

Below is the schedule for the Charlotte tent in Charleston Wine + Food’s Culinary Village:

Additional representatives from the Charlotte region will be in Charleston participating in various events throughout the festival including:

As part of the culinary activation at the Charlotte tent, festival attendees who stop by will have the opportunity to enter for the chance to win the Ultimate Charlotte Culinary Trip giveaway.

As a city both inspired by its culinary traditions and intrigued by unexpected flavors, Charlotte chefs, brewers and bartenders challenge themselves to craft recipes that reflect the personality of a growing, global city. In Charlotte, farms, breweries and restaurants form a tight-knit, collaborative community that makes every meal and every drink more adventurous than the last.

Charlotte’s culinary success is evident through the individual stories of dedication, perseverance, creativity, courage and hard-won loyalty from the city’s diverse mix of young, inventive chefs (many graduates of local culinary school Johnson & Wales University), James Beard Award nominees, well-established restaurateurs, international chefs, and award-winning brewers, distillers and bartenders.

About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Spectrum Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Regional Film Commission and Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand. For more information, visit