An Iconic Food Festival Is Coming to Charleston — and You Can Get Tickets Now

We promise it's going to be the best weekend ever.

The Historic Cityscape in Charleston, South Carolina

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Get your tastebuds ready, because it's time to buy tickets to the inaugural Food & Wine Classic in Charleston.

Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Travel + Leisure are coming together for the first-ever iteration of the Classic in the beloved southern city, taking place Sept. 27 to 29. As the trio of publications noted, the weekend will feature more than 40 celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, wine and cocktail seminars with big names like Tyler Florence, Maneet Chauhan, CJ McCollum, Wanda Mann, Amanda McCrossin, and Andrew Zimmern, alongside local talent like Mike Lata, Miles White, Femi Oyediran, Vivian Howard, and, of course, plenty of fun will be had too. 

"Charleston's unparalleled combination of culinary traditions, foodways, hospitality, architectural beauty, and culture makes it the ideal setting to build on our storied Food & Wine Classic event franchise,” Food & Wine's editor-in-chief Hunter Lewis shared. “Together with my friends at Southern Living and Travel + Leisure, we are excited to showcase the best of the Holy City and create a dynamic experience that tells meaningful stories about the area’s delicious food scene and brings together wine and food lovers from all over for a weekend of celebration, enrichment, and fun.” 

Like its sister event, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the Charleston gathering will also feature plenty of tasting opportunities around The Grand Tasting Pavilion for talks on spirits, wine, and all that tasty cuisine. And this time, there will be additional programming to showcase what makes Charleston such a perfect vacation destination, all curated by Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Jacqui Gifford.

“Year after year, Charleston has been voted the World’s Best City in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers, and it’s easy to see why,” Gifford said. “From the cultural attractions and boutique shopping to the ever-evolving restaurant scene and unrivaled Southern hospitality, Charleston is truly one of a kind, and we are thrilled that we can bring this dynamism to life over a magical long weekend of events.”

Not to be outdone, Southern Living will host the Southern Living Lowcountry Tailgate, where attendees can dig into a traditional oyster roast hosted by Matt and Ted Lee, BBQ by Erica Blaire, and live music for good measure. 

"We’re excited to celebrate the rich culture of Charleston and to highlight the people who bring it to life,” Sid Evans, editor-in-chief of Southern Living, added. “We're also thrilled to welcome attendees to our newest Idea House in Kiawah River, which opens in August 2024, as a venue for celebrating the food, traditions, and hospitality of the Lowcountry."

Tickets for the event are now on sale. You can purchase yours and see all the festival programming at

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