By Robin Gibson
Fill with mingled cream and amber,
-- Edgar Allen Poe
The best minds in the culinary and beverage industry came together for a learning and networking opportunity filled with tastings, parties, book signings, takeovers, and a finale at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms. Edgar Allen Poe would have found inspiration among the spirits, wine, beer, and mixers -- as well as experts -- on hand for this multi-day event. Hosted by Hyatt Place in historic downtown Charleston, guests attended learning sessions and tastings in Sterling Hall, bar takeovers along King and Bay Streets, educational excursions, book signings, and various off-site parties including the aforementioned Grand Celebration at The Windjammer. Travel + Leisure's World's Best City is a natural choice given its reputation as a top food destination as recognized in "The 10 best food cities in America, ranked" by The Washington Post's James Beard Foundation award-winning Food Critic Tom Sietsema. Proceeds from this year's conference are slated to benefit various food and beverage-related charities.
The scene above from Tuesday's Spring/Summer Tasting with bites provided by Food for the Southern Soul and The Park Cafe
Above images capturing only part of this year's successful BevCon Charleston
Were you there? Let us know. We'd love to hear all about your experience from this year's BevCon Charleston. Are you a member of the local F&B industry? What's your take on what's happening here in Charleston?
'Tis the season for bivalve fans everywhere to pony up to a table with a hole in it and feast upon their favorite saltwater delicacy: oysters. South Carolina is rife with traditions but perhaps the most revered is the Oyster Roast, which dominates the winter social scene. Any given weekend finds you choosing between several and asking if knives are included or if you should you bring your own. Communal and almost spiritual in nature, the ritual is welcoming, lacks pretense, and truly southern. We are all equals in the eyes of the shells. With or without hot sauce? Definitely, with...and don't forget the cracker.
Images taken at Folly Beach, Charleston Visitor's Center & Bus Shed, and world-famous Bowen's Island | Robin Gibson Copyright (c) 2016