There's still time to plan your trip to BB&T Charleston Wine + Food, happening right now. Tickets are still available for the Culinary Village + Grand Tasting, which is going on all weekend. Locals can get discounted tickets on Sunday, so keep that in mind. Here's what else to check out:
Soul food lovers, take note. There are tickets to Friday morning's Soul Food Shuffle. For $150, you'll get a tour with Charleston-based food writer Jeff Allen and then stop by some of the Lowcountry spots, like Bertha's Kitchen, Ernie's and Hannibal's.
On Friday at 11 a.m., the festival opening ceremonies kick off at Marion Square. The event is free, so anyone can stop by to hear Mayor Joe Riley welcome to crowd and watch sommeliers saber bottles of champagne.
On Friday at noon, chef April Bloomfield of NYC's The Spotted Pig and The Breslin will be breaking down a pig at Lowndes Grove, and she and other chefs will be serving lots of pork-y dishes. The event is called "Every Day with Rachael Ray Presents This Little Piggy: Pop-Up Market" and tickets are $125, which includes a shuttle from Marion Square.
While many of the dinners are SOLD OUT, the Closed for Business + Allagash Brewing Company Craft Beer Dinner still has some availability at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The downtown brew-centric restaurant is serving up five courses paired with beers from Maine's Allagash Brewing. Tickets are $125.
On Sunday, the pitmasters are firing up the grills for Rigs, Pigs and Swigs, hosted by Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Local favorites Aaron Siegel (of Home Team) and Rodney Scott are joined by eight other pitmasters at this festival finale. Expect meat of all ilk, drinks and crazy views, as it's held right under the bridge.
· Charleston Wine + Food Festival [Official]