Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival Tickets Now on Sale

If you don’t want to disembark the festival train after Charleston Wine + Food wraps up on Mar. 9, the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival starts the following day.

Tickets are now on sale for the six-day festival, which boasts “the largest outdoor tented public wine tasting on the East Coast.”

Now in its 29th year, the festival is highly wine-centric. More than 850 wines are entered in the event’s International Wine Competition, which is conducted in late January, and New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov is planning to join the Grand Tasting on Mar. 14.

The festival schedule also includes wine seminars and wine dinners. For more information, visit hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

“Culinary Event of the Millennium” on Bowens Island is Sold Out

BBQ-Poster-Sold-OUt-edition-731x1024Got your ticket to BBQ Perspectives, the first-ever public component of Cook It Raw? If not, it’s now officially too late.

The last of the 550 tickets to the upcoming Bowens Island bonanza was sold earlier this week, according to an organization publicist.

Buzz about Cook It Raw has been relatively muted in national food media circles, perhaps because the supremely exclusive event doesn’t fit the standard food festival format. The event’s more analogous to the invite-only Renaissance Weekends beloved by Bill Clinton, where really smart folks gather to trade ideas and inspiration. Continue reading

CWF Ticket Buyers Apparently Gravitate Toward Xiao Bao, The Macintosh and Hash Browns

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Remember earlier this week, when I advised you snatch up tickets to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Perfectly Paired dinners at Two Boroughs Larder and The Macintosh? If not, you’ve (possibly) already missed your chance.

As of noon today, tickets to the Two Boroughs Larder dinner featuring Atlanta’s Ryan Smith and Ryan Hidinger were listed as available in “limited quantity.” And tickets to The Macintosh dinner co-starring Jeremiah Bacon and Houston’s Chris Shepherd were flat out “not available.”

But here’s the catch: Just because tickets aren’t available, it doesn’t mean the event’s sold out. As spokesperson Ashley Zink explains, “some events have tickets held back for hotel packages or sponsors, and if they are not needed, those tickets will be released and available to the general public again at a later date.” Dinners, though, rarely fall into that category: If tickets aren’t available, it’s usually because the small stock of seats has already been claimed. Continue reading

Five Must-Buy Charleston Wine + Food Festival Tickets

cwfpcTickets to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival go on sale tomorrow, and they have a tendency to sell out quickly, which means planning your purchase is essential. While the schedule‘s crammed with lots of intriguing events, here are the five tickets I’d buy if I had the extra cash.

1. Two Boroughs Larder Perfectly Paired Dinner, Thursday, 7 p.m. $175

I fear this ticket could be a hard sell, since the supper conflicts with the extraordinarily popular Opening Night party. But you know what? Sample plates are for amateurs. The real culinary fireworks are bound to fly at the splendid Two Boroughs, where James Beard-nominee Josh Keeler is teaming up with Ryan Smith and Ryan Hidinger, the duo behind Atlanta’s long-planned (and eagerly-awaited) Staplehouse. Smith’s known for his willingness to smartly bend Southern cooking conventions, and the dining room’s likely to be crowded with Atlantans wondering what the Empire State South alum’s planning for his new restaurant. Continue reading