A Weekend to Savor

The Skinny

Purpose


Florence Wine & Food celebrates Southern food, culture, local and award-winning chefs, and boutique wines from some of the best vineyards in the country. Over the past two years, Florence Wine 5: Food has raised and donated $94,000 to Help 4 Kids and $7,500 to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program (2018).

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 over 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.

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.

Benefitting




Hunger hurts, and Help 4 Kids Florence is making a direct impact in our community by feeding at-risk elementary school-age children in Florence County. Throughout Florence County, there are a high number of elementary-age children that depend on free or reduced breakfast and lunch meals as their primary source of nourishment during the week. Unfortunately, this means that many of these children are hungry on the weekend when schools are closed. Help 4 Kids is dedicated to providing bags of single-serve, nutritional foods to these at-risk children, directly reducing their weekend food insecurity and helping to ensure that these children are able to return to school on Monday rested, fed, and ready to learn.

Help 4 Kids Florence currently provides weekend meal packs to approximately 2,500 children in Florence County elementary schools and Head Start program during the school year. Help 4 Kids also provides meal packs in the summer months to the year-round school program at Timrod Elementary School and the Head Start programs. Help 4 Kids also partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Florence County, East Florence Mission, and the City of Florence to distribute bags of food to hungry children throughout the year.

Board of Directors


  • Holly Beaumier
  • Angelyn Bridges
  • Frank Chisholm
  • Hannah Davis
  • Paula Efird
  • Brian Falcone
  • Karen Freeman
  • Lane Gilpin
  • Jessica Griggs
  • Rick Havekost
  • Bryan Holt
  • Marianne Hoylen
  • Don Kausler
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Tim Norwood
  • Jennie Pezé
  • Ray Reich
  • Cooper Thomas
  • Diane Welsh
  • Tamara W. Kirven, Executive Director

2020 Featured Vineyard & Winery




Clos Solène is a family owned winery on the westside of Paso Robles in the heart of the Willow Creek District. They say it’s team effort, and here at Clos Solène it is no different. Guillaume, with his assistant winemaker, Aurelien Crouzet, focus on the vineyards and the wines, while Solène, and Roxanne Malkie, run operations. Together as a team, Clos Solène is no longer pouring out of their kitchen, but in a quaint tasting room nestled in the vines of the 28-acre estate. Read More

Schedule of Events


6:30 p.m.

The Final Pour & Feast

Celebrate the very best of the South while dining outside on the lawn of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. Enjoy an impeccable feast prepared by local, award winning chefs paired with exceptional boutique wines. This feast concludes the weekend to savor 2020, with a memorable final pour.

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Meander at the Market

Event information to be announced, stay tuned!


The Final Pour & Feast

Thursday, October 8, 2020

$125/1 Person

Our Sponsors

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!

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Venue Information

Where to find us!

Location

PLEASE NOTE: All Florence Wine & Food Festival events will be held in Downtown Florence's recently redeveloped historic district.

Parking

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.

Hotels

Lodging & Accommodations are available throughout the city. Hotel Florence & Hyatt Place Florence Downtown are located immediately adjacent to all of the action.