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 4th at noon in the Artisan Market tent (located on the King Street side of the park).
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 4th at noon in Marion Square and is open to the public. No ticket purchase necessary.