Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Dress from Traffic People, Jewelry from Gold Creations

This has been the 3rd year of being on the Charleston Wine and Food Festival Street Team and every year it just keeps on getting better and better. I am always so impressed with the quality of production that this festival brings to Charleston. In it’s 13 year this festival has evolved hosting over 120 events catering to everyone from boozy bashes to health conscious holistic happenings. Over the years I’ve learned it’s about pacing myself and savoring 1-2 events a day, because falling into a food coma is likely. I started out at the DAPS Wine Punch Brunch on Thursday, then the Hipster Cocktail Party, Lunch Squad on Friday, and RetrEAT on Saturday.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

Last year me and Liz Martin aka The Charleston Weekender went to Brunch Squad hosted by Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett so when we heard she was coming back again and hosting Lunch Squad at The Gadsden House we knew we had to go. The girl powered Cherry Bombe Magazine was back as a sponsor and had the most gorgeous backdrop to take photos in front of.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

I wish I could take credit for this delicious strawberry pie made by Amanda Wilbanks from Southern baked Pie Company in Georgia.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

The Gadsden House was the perfect venue to host a southern lunch. What’s more Charleston than dining on a porch?

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

The interactive cooking experience involved some major girl bosses who rule in their kitchen. Me and Liz got to play in the dough at Callie’s Biscuit station. I’ve always been a fan of Carrie’s buttery biscuits and watching her do her thing is always a treat.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

I was all about the veggie heaven that THE HARBINGER CAFE & BAKERY put together. It’s one of my favorite places downtown to grab a quick healthy bite to eat.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

After all of the communal dishes were prepared they were brought out to us family style. They said it was 3 courses, but we didn’t realize there was going to be 4 dishes for every course. It was feast big enough for a thousand people, not just a couple of hundred.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

Even food celebrity Gail Simmons of Top Chef was there serving up New York style bagels with beet cured salmon and everything cream cheese.

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad

The Charleston Weekender and I soaked up every second at Lunch Squad. I wonder what will happen next year? Dinner Squad? Whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner, or an after hours dance party Charleston Wine and Food Festival always know how to throw a party. Follow their instagram for events they’ll be throwing throughout the year and when tickets go on sale for 2020. They pretty much sell out within weeks of going on sale so you don’t want to miss out!

Charleston Wine + Food Festival #lunchsquad
Photos by Kim Graham