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Saturday, March 2: The Biggest Day Yet!

Saturday was the busiest day of the Festival yet with over 25 events! Local chef Mike Lata took home the Master Blaster trophy in the Waffle House Smackdown. Festival guests enjoyed the many demonstrations, samples and panels in the Culinary Village, incredible views of the Charleston Harbor on the Vineyard Voyage, dueling DJs and dance crews at Festival After Hours, and much, much more!

Pinot Envy Uncorked guests sampled a variety of wines along with food from local chefs and a dish from Gwen Pratesi of BunkyCooks Blog, winner of the Festival's Lambs + Clams Original Recipe Contest, prepared by guest chef Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana in Washington, D.C. 

This year's Food + Wine with a View dinner was a tribute to Birmingham chef Frank Stitt featuring dishes by Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Linton Hopkins, Hugh Acheson and Ben and Karen Barker served in a private penthouse with amazing views of the Charleston skyline. 

An incredible video tribute to Frank Stitt was shown during the Food + Wine with a View dinner - view it on our YouTube page here

Our daily recap video will be available to view on our website later today as well - click below to check it out!

View the Video Here
The Waffle House Smackdown presented by Charleston City Paper drew a large crowd in the SCE&G Celebrity Kitchen in the Festival's Culinary Village. 
Waffle House associates served grit bowls to event guests and Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton hosted the event, keeping the participating chefs on their toes during the competitions.  Photos by Andrew Cebulka.
Pinot Envy Uncorked, Sponsored by Charleston GI and the Local Palate, gave pinot lovers lots of new wines to sample at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. BELOW LEFT: Gwen Pratesi, winner of the Festival's Lambs + Clams Original Recipe Contest, had one of her dishes prepared by guest chef Nick Stefanelli of Washington D.C. restaurant Bibiana (left), using lamb from Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farm (right). Photos by Andrew Cebulka.
Chefs including Sean Brock (above right) participated in the 2013 Food + Wine With a View, Sponsored by Edens™, which honored Birmingham chef Frank Stitt (left). Photos by Andrew Cebulka.
View the Tribute Video Here
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