With COVID-19 cases continuing to go up in South Carolina, the Charleston Wine + Food board of directors and staff recently released a statement calling off the 2021 festival. Planned for March 3 to March 7, the festival is skipping its 16th year. The following statement was released on the Wine + Food website:
Each year in March we look forward to welcoming members of our culinary + hospitality community from around the world to connect, share, and grow through wine + food-centric experiences. With Charleston as our backdrop and the region’s unique foodways as our muse, this festival has grown over the past 15 years to encompass more than 120 events over 5 days and welcomes nearly 28,000 guests annually.
However, given the growing concerns around COVID-19 and the state of the industry that we exist to uplift, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 festival previously scheduled to be held March 3rd – 7th. This was a tough decision to make – this festival is an important event for the City of Charleston and our favorite way to bring people together to share stories and connect. However, the safety and security of our guests, participating talent, staff, vendors, and community is of the utmost importance and one that should take precedence above all else.
The festival then went on to promise more digital content and livestreaming in lieu of the in-person events.
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