It’s a classic combo: a luxury house on Isle of Palms + wine + food, and it comes together each March in a uniquely Charlestonian way at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival.

Wine and food logo 2016 near your luxury house in Isle of Palms

Fabulous food festival going on near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

The giant foodiefest kicks off today (March 4th) and lasts through Sunday. March 6th.   There are well over 100 events scheduled over the course of the five-day festival.

This is the eleventh year of the festival, and considering how “on fire” the Charleston restaurant scene is, it’s no wonder the festival is bigger and better than ever.  This thing has some major global buzz.

If you’re coming in from out of town, as many festival-goers do, it’s no surprise that staying in one of our SC vacation rentals is the way to go  –  either one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly beach house rentals Charleston SC.  A Charleston beach house can house a huge gathering of friends and family in one place.  A beach house Charleston also means you’ll be able to walk/run off all those delicious calories along the sands of the Atlantic.

Here’s the official website with all the details and ticket info:

Also, they have a handy app available free in the App Store and Android Market.

An interesting note  –  the festival has a multi-million dollar annual budget and is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Part of the proceeds goes toward culinary scholarships for up-and-coming talent.

If you are interested in tickets, they go fast.  Many of the main events sold out soon after tickets went on sale.  But fortunately, as Hannah Raskin wrote in today’s Post & Courier, tickets are still available for many great events.

They include:

  • The Roasted Goat at High Wire Distilling Co.
  • Grapes Anatomy
  • The MacIntosh Signature Dinner
  • Toasted: Up in Smoke
  • The Natural Vine
  • Uncommon in the Commonwealth
  • A Tribute to Madame Cliquot
  • Tantalizing Super Tuscans
  • Vega Sicilia Undiscovered
  • Tasting in the Dark with Virginia Dare Winery
  • Zing!
  • Cloudy Bay Reserve Tasting
  • Bringing the Chef’s Garden to the Bar
  • Darioush Back Vintage Tasting
  • Expressions of Jura
  • No Filter with Jim Clendenen
  • Heitz Cellar vertical tasting
  • My Sherry Amore
  • Wines on the Edge
  • Krug Virtuoso
  • Mastering Pinot
  • Wine of Kings
  • Noble Roots
  • Brewers, Brewskis and Bowling
  • Pole-to-Plate Voyage
  • Opening Night
  • Baked at Bowen’s
  • Soiree a la Belle Etoile
  • A Bourbon Affair
  • Fried Chicken for the Southern Soul
  • Of Garden & Grape
  • Pecha Kucha
  • Coastal Cuvee
  • Shucked
  • Feast + Fire
  • Callie’s Porch Soiree
  • Texas BBQ Tent Revival
  • Le Tour Des Femmes
  • On the Rocks
  • Beer for Breakfast

Here’s her take on what’s still available, though this changes fast:

As for Isle of Palms luxury rentals (or really nice Folly Beach rentals Charleston), they go about as fast as festival tickets.  If you are interested in staying in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to call us as soon as humanly possible so you get your top choice.

Most of the events take place on the Charleston peninsula, about 20 minutes away from a luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach house Charleston.   The heart of the event is the ever-popular Culinary Village in Marion Square, which includes the ever-popular Grand Tasting Tent, now known as “The Hub,”  along with a beer garden with live music, artisan market, chef demos and talks hosted by the good people of the PBS series, “Mind of a Chef.”

This year, for the first time, they are doing away with “timed entry” system for the Grand Tasting Tent, so instead of having to choose either morning or afternoon, you have access the entire day with your $100 ticket.

Any tickets still available will be sold online up to the time of the event, or in person at the Ticketing Tent in Marion Square.


Speaking of special meals for those folks in your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

If you are planning to stay in a luxury house on Isle of Palms for Easter, you don’t have to go far to feed your friends and family a celebratory feast.  Just head down 41st Avenue to the Marina and enjoy a great brunch at Morgan Creek Grill.  Here’s more…

Morgan Creek Easter near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

Gourmet Easter meal near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

So bon appétit, and hope you make it to an event or two.  And remember, when you’re interested in rental homes South Carolina, especially luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger