Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine festival under way

By MyrtleBeach.com
May 17, 2010

Myrtle Beach | Starting with the Restaurant Week kickoff on Sunday, Coastal Uncorked’s celebration of all things food in Myrtle Beach is now in full swing.

The food and wine festival spotlights the local cuisine of the Grand Strand, giving participants a taste of a variety of restaurants. Food and wine lovers can take a ride on the tasting trolley or stop by a participating restaurant for a 3-course meal.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be given to the Horry Georgetown Technical College Culinary School and the Clay Brittain Hospitality Program at Coastal Carolina University.

Here’s a guide to the week’s festivities:

Restaurant Week

Chefs from area restaurants have created a 3-course tasting menu sure to please your palate. You can dine on traditional Lowcountry fare such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Broiled Flounder at Aspen Grille or get a taste of Mexico with wood-grilled mahi-mahi in a Reposado Tequila sauce at Abuelo’s.

All meals are $20.10 and are served nightly from May 16-23. For a list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit CoastalUncorked.com.

Golf tournament

Take a swing at the Granddaddy – Pine Lakes Country Club – for the Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament on May 19.

Throughout the Captain’s Choice tournament, golfers will be treated to special beers and tastings from area restaurants and all participants will get a ticket for the Tasting Trolley.

The shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. at Pine Lakes and tickets are $125/person or $400/foursome. For more information, visit CoastalUncorked.com.

Tasting trolley

Take a culinary tour of the Grand Strand on Coastal Uncorked’s Tasting Trolley, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Stops along the trolley route include the Caravelle Resort’s pirate party, the Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Island Vista and the Sip N Stroll at The Market Common. With 11 stops in all, your trolley tour will feature beer and wine tastings, food demonstrations and samplings as well as live entertainment.

Trolley wristbands are $50/night or $75 for both nights. For details and to buy tickets, click here.

Food Fight Gala

The Food Fight is an “Iron Chef” style competition featuring six local chefs from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, the Divine Dining Group, The Sea Captain’s House and more.

Participants can enjoy the Food Fight from several video screens while listening to a live jazz band and sampling tasty bits from area restaurants.

The event is at 6 p.m. May 23 at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Tickets are $75/person. For information, call 843-839-8818.