The Florence Wine and Food Festival’s purpose is to provide an entertaining and educational multi-day festival celebrating Southern food, culture, local and celebrity chefs and boutique wines for Florence and surrounding areas. The end results are donating a significant portion of the proceeds to our beneficiary, Help 4 Kids, providing a weekend of cohesiveness and awareness for our community, showcasing the gifts and talents of chefs, restaurants, musicians, artists, and wine and beer experts, and allowing for one more solid reason to successfully recruit and retain new professionals and businesses to the Pee Dee Region.
The Florence Wine and Food Festival is a charitable program of Florence Downtown Development Corporation, a federally-recognized 501c3 non-profit organization located in Downtown Florence, SC.
Help 4 Kids Florence is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of filling the weekend hunger gap for the children in Florence County elementary schools who receive free or reduced breakfast/lunch during the week and who are identified as being “food insecure” on the weekend. The organization does not receive any federal or state funds and relies completely on monetary and/or food donations from individuals, businesses, churches, service clubs and foundations.
Since the first distribution of 193 meals for the weekend in six schools in Florence School District One in September 2013, the organization has grown to providing more than 2,100 bags of food for each weekend during the academic year among 33 schools (including 6 Head Start programs) in all five Florence County school districts (Florence, Pamplico, Lake City, Timmonsville and Johnsonville). Food for the weekend is also provided during summer school and other summer programs throughout the school districts.
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery is passionate about producing premium estate wines that showcase the distinctive qualities of the Arroyo Grande Valley. Located in Southern San Luis Obispo County, the coastal property overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The Laetitia Estate Vineyards were first planted to grapes in 1982 when French viticulturists found ideal growing conditions in the Arroyo Grande Valley for producing wines of similar character to those of their homeland in Epernay, France. Nineteen years later, the property was acquired by Selim Zilkha, founder of a successful wind power development company and champion of environmental sustainability. Between his qualifications in renewable energy solutions and his passion for the pleasures of the harvest, Selim has developed Laetitia into the home of some of California's highest quality, sustainably-produced wines. Read More
Florence Wine & Food is a weekend to savor including everything from a wine and beer stroll to an elegant evening of delicious locally sourced foods prepared by award-winning chefs. You ask, "Why Downtown Florence?" Downtown has seen tremendous growth over the past several years and has become Florence's unique dining destination with nearly a dozen independently-owned restaurants and more soon to come. It has truly grown into a haven for emerging and established chefs, wine enthusiasts, foodies, mixologists, craft beer lovers and those with a genuine desire to savor the very best of the South.
Grilled! Smoked! Marinated! Slow Roasted! 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 winery and craft beers from Local Motive and Seminar Brewing. Billy McBride and Stephen Thompson, owners of Local Motive, along with Seminar Brewing’s Bryan Fisher, Travis Knowles, Shawn Steadman, John Mattheis and Dave Peters will be on hand to discuss their many unique local brews. This casual event will showcase all of these local chefs, sommeliers and brew masters, who will be present to guide the way!
We are excited to announce that Heidi Vukov, the 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador and owner of Croissants Bistro and Bakery and Hook and Barrel, will also join us this evening! Make sure you purchase a signed copy of her cookbook, Bonjour, Ya’ll!
Our featured wines will be from Kysela Pere et Fils. Read More
Join us in downtown Florence along Dargan and Evans Streets for grand wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and browsing the many boutiques. A myriad of downtown businesses will serve as tasting rooms showcasing 24 wines from Rick Havekost’s Micky Finn’s. Test your “nez” and compare tasting notes with knowledgeable sommeliers. And for the beer connoisseur, LocalMotive and Seminar Brewing will feature several of their extra – ordinary craft beers throughout the evening. Enjoy a spring evening in downtown Florence as you stroll from venue to venue. Option for purchase will be available that evening with pick up from the Micky Finn’s Pamplico Highway location beginning the day after the event.
NOTE: Ticket Holders must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Check-in for the Sip & Savor event will be held at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce located at 100 West Evans Street. All ticketholders are required to check in and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and map BEFORE starting your wine tour.
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 feast will begin with a wine reception adjacent to the tented dining area outside on the lawn of the FMU Performing Arts Center and concludes with a memorable final pour paired with a scrumptious dessert created by the 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador, Heidi Vukov. All chefs and sommeliers will be present to make observations and visit with guests.
Dress: Jackets for Gentlemen & Garden Attire for Ladies
Thank you to our corporate sponsors for your unmatched generosity, enthusiasm, and unwavering support. We express our endless gratitude to you for making this a memorable and educational weekend and allowing for the showcasing of the South’s very best!
Where to find us!
PLEASE NOTE: All Florence Wine & Food Festival events will be held in Downtown Florence's recently redeveloped historic district.
Find ample parking in the FREE City of Florence Parking Garage accessed via 150 S. Irby Street (next to King Jefe). Surface lot parking is also available behind Hotel Florence (126 W. Evans Street), at the County Complex Building (180 N. Irby Street), and in the lot next to Edible Arrangements on North Dargan Street. Additional free on-street parking (first-come, first served) is available along West Evans, South Dargan, and North Dargan Streets.