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CHARLESTON WINE + FOOD KICKS OFF WITH OPENING CEREMONY

Opening Ceremony to celebrate Charleston Wine + Food’s 15th festival with culinary awards + champagne sabering


Photo Credit: Jesse Volk

Charleston Wine + Food will kick off the organization’s annual festival by welcoming guests to Marion Square for its Opening Ceremony to be held Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00 PM.

The Ceremony will commence with remarks from Mayor John Tecklenburg to welcome festival-goers to the Lowcountry for Charleston Wine + Food’s 15th festival. Tecklenburg will be followed by Board Chair Steve Palmer and Executive Director Gillian Zettler.


The Opening Ceremony will also feature the presentation of awards to the festival’s honorees. Awards to be given include: Outstanding Beverage Contribution, the Frank Stitt National Chef Award, the Laura Hewitt Culinary Legend Award, and the Marc Collins Chef Award. Additionally, Charleston Wine + Food will recognize scholarship recipients from the College of Charleston and the organization’s partnership with the local nonprofit, One80 Place Training, who will receive an award for community engagement and philanthropy.


The ceremony will be capped off with a traditional champagne sabering as Executive Director Gillian Zettler officially kicks off the 15th installment of Charleston Wine + Food.


The Opening Ceremony will begin Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00 PM. in Marion Square and is open to the public. No ticket purchase necessary.


Charleston Wine + Food is a cultural entity that champions the region’s unique foodways through world-renowned culinary experiences. Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, the annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe for a five-day event that spans the first full weekend each March. Charleston Wine + Food is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Charleston and the Lowcountry's diverse culinary + hospitality community through financial contributions to organizations or persons that directly benefit our local foodways initiatives and strengthen our local community.

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