Charleston Dining
It’s no secret, Charlestonians love to eat.  In fact, even folks from off say their favorite part of visiting Charleston is the food!  From world-class fine dining to tasty hole-in-the-wall gems — there is something to please any palate. But, why not try out some of the best food the Lowcountry has to offer and give back to the community at the same time?  There are a host of festivals and events in January, February and March that feature tasty tidbits and lots of fun!  Here are just a few.

January

Southern Fried Chicken Challenge

Saturday, January 14

The Grove at Patriot’s Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

1-6pm

If the South is famous for anything, it is definitely fried chicken! And now it’s time to crown the best southern fried chicken in Charleston at the inaugural Southern Fried Chicken Challenge! The event will benefit The Green Heart Project. This community-based volunteer organization integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms in an effort to teach students the virtues of hard work, respect and success and reiterate classroom curriculum while connecting students and volunteers to fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce.

Featuring some of the area’s top chefs and restaurants, you’ll listen to live music, shop at the Vendor Village and help give tribute to the love of this Southern comfort dish. Bring your friends, family and a chair or blanket, and get ready to spend an afternoon indulging in the best foods Charleston has to offer!

The restaurants competing for Charleston’s Best Fried Chicken include 82 Queen, Bohemian Bull, Fleet Landing, Lowcountry Bistro, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, Virgina’s On King and more.

Tickets are available at

www.southernfriedchickenchallenge.com.

February

Bacon and Bourbon

Saturday, February 11

Gaillard Center

The Junior League of Charleston is the official non-profit partner for Bacon and Bourbon 2017.  All proceeds will benefit their hunger and homelessness initiatives.  Local Chefs from some of Charleston’s favorite restaurants will include The Granary, Graze, Poogan’s Smokehouse, Swig & Swine, Osprey Point Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  Featuring over 20 Bourbon distilleries and live music, this is sure to be a good time.  Visit www.baconandbourbonsc.com for tickets.  A schedule of the evening’s events is below:

Bacon Lovers – 7:30 pm

• Unlimited Sampling of Bacon Dishes

   and Bourbon Tastings

• Live Music

• Bull Riding Championship

• Laser Skeet Shooting

• Cigar Cabana

VIP Preview – 6-7:30pm

In addition to Bacon Lovers Access, VIP’s will have early access to the event for an additional one and a half hours to eat, drink, and converse with chefs about their bacon creations.  Plus a $10 chip for the rare bourbon bar. Pours range for $10 to $50.

Pork & Pearls

Saturday, February 25

The Grand Lawn at Volvo Car Stadium

3-7 pm

Daniel Island’s premier oyster roast, Pork & Pearls benefits Windwood Farm Home for Children. This wonderful organization provides help, hope, and healing through behavioral, educational and therapeutic interventions which enhance social functioning and well-being, ensures safety, and works to achieve positive permanency for children and families in our community.

Mark your calendars! Pork & Pearls 2017 will be held on the Grand Lawn of the Volvo Car Stadium on February 25, 2017 from 3-7pm!