The Southern Living Taste of Charleston Festival, featuring 50 area restaurants, offers up everything from Cajun chicken and roasted red pepper pasta to scrumptious seafood and Mexican wraps. The top chefs from the city cook up a celebration of Lowcountry cuisine at its finest.
The 35th annual festival, hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, takes place September 25-27, 2015. Three preliminary events Friday and Saturday lead up to the Main Event on Sunday, which will take place as always at historic Boone Hall Plantation.
Southeastern Tourism Society has signified the Charleston festival as one of the “Top 20 events in the Southeast” for over 20 consecutive years. With an expected attendance number of more than 10,000 people, you won’t want to miss all that will be going on at this charity fundraising event.
Friday: Iron Chef Competition
The Iron Chef competition will pit some of the area’s best chefs against each other in a lively cooking battle similar to the hit TV show. The chefs crank up the burners and cook head-to-head in the state-of-the-art amphitheater kitchen at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus, located in downtown Charleston.
Saturday: Cooking Well Invitational
Also at Culinary Institute of Charleston, this competition pits the dietary staffs of South Carolina hospitals, who showcase the best of their healthy offerings.
Saturday: Sweet & Southern on Charleston Harbor
On Saturday evening, the public is invited to Historic Charleston Harbor to listen to singer-songwriters and sample the offerings of the best local caterers.
Sunday: The Main Event
If you’re in Charleston on this day, you don’t want to miss the Main Event at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. The region’s top restaurants will be represented and will be serving sample portions of their signature dishes, plus beer and wine. This Charleston event is one of the largest food and wine festivals in the country, and popular among all culinary enthusiasts.