This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year, Taste of Charleston, hosted by theGreater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA). The main event takes place on Sunday, September 25 at Boone Hall Plantation, featuring over 40 of the Lowcountry’s most popular restaurants serving samples of delicious cuisine, along with chef demos, live music, and beer and wine tastings. To kick off Taste of Charleston weekend, the GCRA and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) have partnered to host its Iron Chef Competition, taking place Friday, September 23 at the Charleston Gaillard Center.
Taste of Charleston occurs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on September 25. In addition to sampling mouthwatering bites from some of Charleston’s best restaurants, guests can pay a visit to the new SCHA Cooking Well Village, featuring exciting cooking demos and action-packed chef competitions. Also not-to-be missed is Taste of Charleston’s imported beer tasting tent and live musical performances on the main stage from Cowboy Mouth, Waiters’ Race and Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow. Participating restaurants include Swig & Swine, 82 Queen, Graze Restaurant, Lowcountry Bistro, Swamp Fox Restaurant, Aya Cookhouse, Hyman’s Seafood, BLU Restaurant & Bar, Carpentier’s Wine and Dine, Burton’s Grill of Mt. Pleasant, Wild Wing Café, Zeus Grill & Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Carolina Ale House and Sticky Fingers. Tickets are $17.50 in advance/$25 day of.
The Iron Chef Competition occurs from 6 – 9 p.m. on September 23 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Showcasing some of Charleston’s most creative local chefs, guests can watch as teams compete in a heated head-to-head battle to see who can produce the best dishes utilizing the secret ingredient. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine are included. Tickets for the Iron Chef Competition are $100.
Tickets for both Taste of Charleston and the Iron Chef Competition go on sale beginning July 17 and can be purchased at the link below:
Food and drink tickets for Taste of Charleston are sold separaretly. Children 10 and under are free. Rain or shine. No pets, coolers or tailgating. Free parking. Carpooling is encouraged.
A portion of the proceeds from Taste of Charleston will be donated to the following charities: The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.