By: Robin Gibson
There can not be good living where there is not good drinking. -- Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin would be proud. Everything good about living and drinking will be on display in two weeks at BevCon. The two-year old event focused solely on the B side of F&B makes it hotly-anticipated return to Charleston one day after the city's epic eclipse. Which, is, perhaps, an appropriate opener for the best and brightest the beverage world has to offer. If you're over 21, work in the industry, and want to attend, you're in luck. Access Passes remain available and are all-inclusive for the 3-day conference. Please note, tickets to individual events and parties cannot be sold. Sip from the cup that runneth over with liquid knowledge and enlighten yourself at this year's BevCon. You'll be glad you did.
BevCon begins Tuesday, August 22nd and runs through the finale Thursday, August 23rd. The top-shelf event is a virtual Who's Who of those who make it, bottle it, sell it, drink it, mix it, promote it, and write about it. Life Out Loud is proud to be a part of 2017 Official Media.
By: Robin Gibson
The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
And Park City, Utah, is more than worthy of your attention this time of year. A favorite for snow bunnies and skiers, alike, this hip, quirky, mountaintop town delights at every turn each summer. As spring bows out with the remnants of winter and summer assumes its starring role, pops of vibrant color highlight a lively downtown full of blooms, businesses, and people. Not to be outdone are the surrounding areas catering to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy mountain biking and hiking trails, and activities such as golf, horseback riding, zip-lining, and more. Hop on a gondola and soak up the view from above or check out the sights from the ground. Head out to Utah Olympic Park for a history tour and day of fun. Dine at award-winning restaurants, shop like a local, or sample your way around the budding craft beer scene. Whatever your interests, there's something for everyone and getting around is easy (and FREE) on Park City Transit. From adventure, to food, to shopping, to interesting people, Park City dazzles all summer long.
Park City is conveniently located 35 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. Interested in planning your trip? Begin with Visit Park City and request your Free Summer Travel Guide.
By Robin Gibson
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. -- William Butler Yeats
Kellar O'Neil, aka "The Southern Charmer" and "Mystifier of the Finest Affairs", is a magician and storyteller who has perfected the art of illusion with a devilish grin. Recently, he invited us to check out his show at The Palmetto Crescent Parlour, and we were delighted to take him up on the offer. Tucked away in a corner of Charleston, he performs in an intimate setting thus ensuring audience engagement. Our pictures offer a glimpse of the evening, and what one can expect from a magical night on the town.
Folks looking for a fun evening out should consider The Palmetto Crescent Parlour. This family-friendly show (minimum age 10) is unlike anything else in Charleston. Each performance lasts 75 minutes with a reception of light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages beginning 15 minutes prior. Group packages and private events are available.
Purchase tickets online or by calling 855-285-6463. Limited seating; advance tickets recomended.
49 Archdale St, Suite 1F, across from Le Farfalle and In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner.
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?