Charleston Wine + Food shares new initiative ahead of this year’s festival

Charleston Wine + Food has created this initiative to align with its new mission and to showcase the local culinary industry and contribute to its growth and sustainability.

An aerial view of the Culinary Village at Riverfront Park

The 2024 Culinary Village will be held at Riverfront Park.

Photo provided Charleston Wine + Food

It’s Charleston Wine + Food (CHSWF) Week CHS — the festival which kicks off today has announced a new initiative that will aim to help CHSWF’s commitment to “becoming a driving force in the industry, nurturing talent, and creating a more inclusive and dynamic food landscape.”

The festival is creating the CHSWF Culinary + Hospitality Investment Fund to positively impact individuals and businesses in the local culinary and hospitality community.

Key Features:

  • Financial support | The fund will provide grants + financial assistance to food and beverage employees and businesses, help navigate challenges, and pursue innovative projects.
  • Mentorship programs | The fund will establish programs connecting industry veterans with aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • New events | CHSWF will bring back year-round programming ahead of its yearlong celebration to honor the festival’s 20th anniversary next year.

The festival will announce how organizations and individuals can apply for grant funds in the coming months.