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Coastal Uncorked to welcome back trolley stops

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association recently announced the group is taking over Coastal Uncorked.

Stephen Greene, the association's president, says the association has all hands on deck for the upcoming festival.

Greene says they're working on bringing back the trolleys. The trolleys were used in previous events to move event-goers throughout the 13 different wine and food tasting spots, and Greene says they were a hit. This year's plan calls for fewer stops. Greene says there will be eight stops that will include hotels and restaurants. The main culinary village will take place at Valor Park in Market Common. To enhance the experience, a limited number of tickets will be sold.

"We want to make sure the experience is a great one, so we will limit the number of tickets and we think it will be a hot one," explained Greene.

The golf tournament is also making a comeback this year. Last year it was a no-go, but organizers think it will be a sell out like it has been in the past.

The main tasting event date could be moved to the first week of June; last year it was held in April and in May the year before that. Pushing it to the start of the summer means local hotels can offer better packages to out of towners, which could draw in bigger crowds.

Greene says they plan to build on the existing appeal of Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival and use it to help attract even more visitors. He says the event is an opportunity to market the Grand Strand as a culinary destination.

According to Greene, the restaurant industry is booming, and the proof is in the pudding. The Myrtle Beach area has more than 1,700 restaurants. Coastal Uncorked events showcase the different local foodie experiences available to locals and potential visitors.

On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Council will review the new plans for Coastal Uncorked and decide on whether or not to approve the special events permit.

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