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Florence Wine and Food Festival coming back for second year

February 21, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Wine and Food Festival is back for the second year.

The event, which will be held April 11-13 in downtown Florence, will feature the talents of chefs, bakers, wine and beer experts, artists and musicians and showcase the ever-growing downtown Florence.

As last year, a portion of the proceeds from this weekend of entertainment and education will go to Help4Kids Florence, a nonprofit that combats child hunger in Florence County. Last year, the proceeds were more than $23,000. The goal this year is to exceed this amount.

All tickets can be purchased at FlorenceWineandFood.com through Eventbrite. There is the option to purchase tickets for the Friday night event, Sip and Savor, the night of the event at the Florence Chamber of Commerce office. There also is the option to buy the Lock, Stock and Wine Barrel ticket, which is for all three events at a significant savings.

These are the events this year:

>> Meat and Meander, 6 to 9 p.m. April 11, $85. This event is all about the meat. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and tastings, including decadent sides and desserts all paired with sumptuous wines from the Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd. and craft beers from Local Motive and Seminar Brewing.

>> Sip and Savor, 6 to 9 p.m. April 12, $50. This event along Dargan and Evans Streets in downtown Florence will feature grand wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres and browsing the many boutiques. Enjoy a spring evening in downtown Florence as you stroll from venue to venue. There will be an option for wine purchase that evening with pickup from the Micky Finn’s Pamplico Highway location, beginning the day after the event.

>> The Final Pour, 6:30 p.m. April 13, $125. An elegant evening of fine wines from Laetitia Winery from California’s Central Coast will be paired perfectly with a five-course, locally sourced, impeccable feast prepared by award winning chefs that is sure to delight the palate.

The festival will have three South Carolina Chef Ambassadors participating in the Final Pour: 2015 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Cooper Thomas of Victors, 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Heidi Vukov of Croissants Bistro and Bakery and Hook and Barrel and 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Kelly Vogelheim of Town Hall.

Each year the governor appoints a chef to represent the four regions of South Carolina for in-state and out-of-state events. The program, initiated under former Gov. Nikki Haley, has been successful in promoting South Carolina culinary heritage and local food culture.

These chefs embrace the best of South Carolina’s food scene, both in the quality of what they provide to their dedication to incorporating healthy, locally sourced ingredients into their menus. The Chef Ambassador program helps connect South Carolinians with their food and those who grow it, and it tells the food story to locals and visitors alike.

Throughout the year, the chef ambassadors will participate in a myriad of culinary and tourism specific events. They will host cooking demonstrations, conduct educational seminars and discuss the abundant opportunities found in the cities in which their restaurants are based.