36th annual Taste of Charleston September 23-25, 2016

The Taste of Charleston - Main Event

Join us for the Taste of Charleston!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant, SC

This year will mark the 36th anniversary of the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year, the Taste of Charleston, hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc (GCRA).  A 2-day event showcasing taste-tempting delights served by Charleston restaurants.

Main Event:

Historic Boone Hall Plantation is transformed into a sea of culinary enchantment!  40 of the Lowcountry’s  favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions + beer and wine.  New to the Main Event, with a partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association, is the Cooking Well Village.  There will be cooking demos, hospital chefs around the state competing and much more!  Highlights of the Main Event include: specialty and imported beer tasting tent, live music on the main stage by Cowboy Mouth, the legendary “Waiters’ Race” and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.” Food and drink tickets are sold separately. Children 10 and under are free. Rain or Shine. No Pets, Coolers or Tailgating. Free Parking. Please Carpool.

There’s plenty for kids to do at the Kids’ Kitchen side-show events.
Download the Kids’ Kitchen events schedule

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the following charities:

The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center View the Charleston Restaurant Association’s Benefiting Charities.


Interested in Sponsoring?
Please contact Jenny Peppler at Jenny@CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com for sponsorship details.


Sunday, September 25
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Boone Hall Plantation
(1235 Longpoint Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Get directions. View lodging info.


  • 60 Bull Cafe
  • Carolina Ale House
  • Steel City Pizza/Community Pizza House
  • Wild Wing Cafe
  • Charleston Crab House/Oyster House on Market
  • AYA Cookhouse
  • Swig & Swine
  • 82 Queen/Lowcountry Bistro
  • Charleston Hospitality Group
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Charleston's Cafe
  • Sticky Fingers Ribhouse
  • Graze
  • Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar
  • BLU Restaurant & Bar
  • Charleston Harbor Fish House
  • Carpentier's Wine & Dine
  • Hall Management Group
  • Hyman's Seafood Restaurant
  • Zeus Catering
  • Red's Ice House
  • Burtons Grill of Mt. Pleasant
  • MacDaddy
  • BlackJack BBQ
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Co
  • Old Village Post House Inn
  • Rita's Seaside Grille
  • Harbor Breeze
  • Charleston Harbor Fish House


  • Wando High Culinary Arts
  • West Ashley High Culinary Arts

Taste: Iron Chef Competition

Friday, September 23, 2016

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Charleston Gaillard Center, Downtown Charleston

This year, the Charleston Restaurant Foundation, Inc. has continued their partnership with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) to present the Taste:  Iron Chef.  We are excited to host the Iron Chef at the newly renovated Charleston Gaillard Center.  The event showcases some of the Charleston’s best local chefs with an affiliation to the SCHA teaming up with local chefs with the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.  There will be two teams (one team will consist of a hospital chef & a restaurant chef) battling it out to see who can produce the best dishes including the secret ingredient. Guests will view the competition while enjoying beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres all while being entertained with some special folks!




Friday, September 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Charleston Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401)

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