Charleston Wine + Food has released the lineup for its 11th annual festival set for March 2-6, 2016. With 100+ events featuring more than 240 chefs, artisans and beverage pros, this year’s festivities look fantastic. As a Charleston Wine + Food media partner, we’re excited to sponsor the festival’s Iron Mixologist cocktail competition and series of spirit beverage workshops. This year’s workshops focus on small-batch spirits and include new topics, such as Meet Mezcal: Tequila’s Smokin’ Cousin and Heirloom Whiskey Revival. Here are the highlights:
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
Big Daddy Bourbon
A festival favorite, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery’s famous Master Distiller guides attendees through a one-of-a-kind bourbon tasting.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4
Heirloom Whiskey Revival with High Wire Distilling Co.
Taste High Wire Distilling Co.’s small-batch whiskeys, including their single-source sorghum and Jimmy Red corn bourbon paired with snacks from James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd.
How To Speak Mixologist
Our friends at The Bon Vivants, barroom visionaries Scott Baird and Josh Harris, will share their secrets for crafting the perfect cocktail in this workshop focusing on approachable methods and basic techniques.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
You Are What You Drink
Learn about the history of alcohol and ancient medicinal techniques used to improve health, while exploring the modern context of those same ingredients.
Four of Charleston’s finest bartenders will battle through three rounds of cocktail combat in a series of challenges demanding creativity, speed, quick thinking and composure behind the bar.
Smoke + Barrel
This one’s all about the Pappy. And Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham. A match made in heaven. Two legendary tastemakers join forces to discuss the heavenly link between smoky spirits and swine.