Euphoria Wine and Food Festival
The quaint town of Greenville is gaining international press with the upcoming food and wine festival.
Written By: Stacie Standifer
With wine seminar topics like “Best on a Budget” and “Riesling Rocks,” it’s no surprise that more than 3,500 people flock to downtown/small-town Greenville, S.C., in September for the Euphoria weekend of food, wine and music. For such a small town to have such a major event is a bit shocking—and that’s part of the appeal.
Getting there is no trouble (incredibly cheap, 50 minute direct Southwest flights from Nashville to Greenville are available multiple times every week), and once you’ve arrived, there is just so much fun to be had!
For starters, some of the best chefs in the Southeast (and the nation) are whipping up their latest dishes for private dinners and tasting tent samplings alike. The list includes television personalities, up and coming magazine favorites and well-respected authors and culinary giants. Sommeliers are doing the same with wines, and the most recognized personalities in the business are on board to entertain and serve. The music component is equally tempting—with almost every event having a live performance with award-winners attached. I’ve been to lots of food festivals, but this is THE ONE I’m not going to miss this fall. It has every component and attraction, but an easy way to arrive, depart and most importantly—a lineup I want to experience.
And, this euphoric weekend isn’t the only opportunity to experience South Carolina. Charleston Food & Wine has become a major event. If you can, I would suggest going to both—but if the fall dates for Greenville don’t work, make plans now to visit Charleston next spring.
Photos courtesy TK PR.
September 20-23, 2012
Event Co-Founder Edwin McCain has invited other award winning artists and songwriters to join him for multiple performances and one-on-one chat sessions with attendees. You can learn a bit about the history behind great music from Edwin, Shawn Mullins, Wycliffe Gordon, and Walter Blanding among other award winning talents. The lineup of talent is growing daily, so check out their site to see what’s in store on stage.
The Downtown Hyatt (greenville.hyatt.com) has invested heavily for improvements to welcome the festival, so looking their first is a great choice. The nearby Westin is also a good choice (westin.com/Greenville). While there are many options, these are my top two suggestions.
stacie's insider tip:
Those who have been in previous years directed me to get the VIP ticket (done! easily purchased online via their website). Not to miss events include one or more of the private dinners held in restaurants, the celebrated Sunday Supper and a dinner in the Loft of one of the local restaurateurs.