05 Mar No Ordinary Wine & Food Fest!
I just came back from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and it was one of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had! The people were super friendly and the food was A-Maze-Ing! I’m still hyped about my time in Charleston!
We stayed at a loft on King Street and were at the center of all the action. After we checked in our rooms the mission was to find food! We stumbled upon the gorgeous Restoration Hotel, as the words “Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits” caught our eye. We took the elevator up to The Watch which offered an amazing view of the city, great drinks, and good food. My friend ordered the fish tacos and they were so yummy that she placed another order! I loved my tasty drink named Romero’s Bad Habit, it was made with Reposado tequila, rosemary, grapefruit, and was very refreshing! Overall it was a good vibe and a perfect kickoff to our foodie weekend.
The fresh oysters from Oysterhouse were something to talk about, but for me, the star of the show was the hushpuppies! They were warm, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and were served with a sweet but slightly salty praline butter! I can’t stop thinking about them! We also found that Charleston is known for confections such as fudge and pralines so we experienced the handcrafted goodies at Kilwins on S. Market Street, and was able to see how the decadent chocolate pretzel rods were made.
There were ticketed events at the Wine & Food Festival that were held at different venues in the area, as well as the main festival grounds which offered even more food and music. Our crew purchased tickets for a Saturday brunch called #BRUNCHSQUAD and it was one of the best festival decisions that we made! The brunch was presented by Williams Sonoma, and supported by Cherry Bombe. It included unlimited cocktails, souvenir aprons from Hedley & Bennett, passed hors-d’oeuvres, a cooking workshop with well-known chefs and celebrity chefs, good music, and after we were done cooking we all sat down for a family style meal adorned with beautiful decor. It was spectacular, to say the least. The Mini Ice Cream Drumsticks coated with cornflakes were a pleasant surprise because they really looked like chicken drumsticks, the Potato Salad with Trout Roe and Hard Egg was a gorgeous dish and tasted great, and the biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit made my entire day! Everything tasted beyond amazing!
On the main festival grounds, we walked around to the different vendors, enjoyed the live music, and sat in the Rosé garden where we had Rosé all day, and took tons of pictures! To see more delicious pictures please follow me on my Instagram account @noordinarygrub.
If you want an unforgettable foodie experience please do yourself a favor and attend the Charleston Wine & Food Festival next year. You can thank me later!