By Robin Gibson
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-- 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?
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. -- Daniel Webster
Exciting news for folks West of the Ashley. In keeping with the Mayor's commitment to revitalize this part of the city, a Farmers Market is coming to Ackerman Park on Sycamore Avenue. For folks unfamiliar the location is near the City of Charleston Magnolia Community Garden, Synagogue Emanu-El Cemetery, popular Avondale business district, and St Andrews Boulevard. Thank you, Mayor Tecklenburg, for your commitment to supporting local farmers and enriching the lives of Charlestonians.
Want to know more? The mayor will announce plans during a press conference to be held there, Monday, July 25th at 4 pm. 55 Sycamore Ave, Charleston, SC 20407. We will continue to follow the story and report details.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Options abound to soak up the beauty of life and freedom in the Lowcountry this weekend. Our beaches and harbor offer stunning backdrops for fireworks displays throughout the holiday. Making plans? Check out these offerings. And don't forget to look up. The sky will be amazing.