ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival is the Myrtle Beach, S.C. area’s premier food, wine and spirits festival. Started in 2009, Coastal Uncorked has enjoyed treating visitors and locals to the best in food, wine, spirits, arts and entertainment. Coastal Uncorked aims to shine a light on all that makes the culinary scene along the Grand Strand unique. With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the state, Myrtle Beach is home to more than 1,700 dining establishments.
How it all began…
In 2009 the festival was created by a dedicated group of volunteers whose vision was to create a food and wine festival that would draw people to our area and showcase what the Grand Strand had to offer. The next two years proved the event had staying power more than doubling the attendance from the inaugural year. Well known chefs Paula Deen and the Lee Brothers were infused into the second year event. The iron chef competition also grew in size as did the coveted wine, spirits and food tasting events. Festival goers arrived from more than 20 states and four countries. As the event progressed Coastal Uncorked added several events through the year to their roster of annual events. Farm to Table, a dinner on the farm, an oyster roast and a mixology competition all become sold out events to compliment the main festival week.
In December 2012, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association announced the acquisition of Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Coastal Uncorked is the signature year round event brand for the hospitality association and is utilized to promote the culinary side of the hospitality industry and the destination. It will continue the mission of the association representing, educating & promoting the best in the hospitality & tourism industry here along the Grand Strand and grow needed scholarship dollars to keep future tourism and culinary leaders in the community.
In 2015 the festival moved to it’s permanent date over Labor Day Weekend and introduced the newly created Chocolate Under the Moon event featuring desserts and a moonshine mixology competition. The Grand Tasting Tent Event continued to be a huge success with 15 vineyards offering over 100 varieties of wine and food to match. The Brews ‘N The Beach event grew even more in 2015. This craft beer festival proved to be a huge success with over 15 breweries offering over 75 unique and rare beers for sampling.
2016 Coastal Uncorked Festival Tickets on Sale Now
The Sixth Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival returns for a delightful culinary adventure over Labor Day Weekend, September 2 through September 4, 2016. This year’s festival events will be located in the parking lot behind Pavilion Park Central, near the Welcome Center on the 21st Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach.
Kicking off Coastal Uncorked 2016 is Chocolate Under the Moon, a dessert and moonshine mixology bartender challenge scheduled for Friday, September 2nd from 6-9pm. The event will feature a moonshine mixology challenge where local bartenders will be competing for your votes as to who can make the best moonshine cocktail, while sampling decadent desserts and enjoying live music. Spirits provided by Sugarlands Distilling Company.
Back for a third year at Coastal Uncorked is the Brews ‘N the Beach Craft Beer Event. It is set for Saturday, September 3rd from 4-7pm. Guests will be able to enjoy samples of rare, specialty one-off and craft beers from all over the country, live music, food from area vendors and a souvenir beer tasting glass.
The festival closes out the weekend Sunday, September 4, with the ever popular Grand Wine Tasting Tent from 1-5pm. The event will feature samplings of a variety of wines from all over the country, one Boar’s Head Brand sample plate, live music and a Coastal Uncorked souvenir wine glass.
Tickets for the 2016 Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival are now on sale and can be purchased by going to www.CoastalUncorked.com. Tickets are limited so be sure to get yours today.
Advance ticket discounts are not available by phone or walk up purchase. To receive the advanced discount you must purchase online by August 31, 2016. 3-Day festival passes are not available for day of purchase.
Day of tickets sales must be purchased on-site and will reflect pricing increase of $5 per event.
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