MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The final preparations are being made for Coastal Uncorked, which runs from Friday through Sunday this week.
For the first time, it's going to be held at Broadway at the Beach in the Celebrity Square area.
"Certainly with our location here at Broadway at the Beach, we anticipate a lot of walk-up traffic for each event," says Jeffrey Wisniewski with Coastal Uncorked. "So, we're very excited. And we do anticipate an increase over last year."
New to the festival this year is the Friday event Chocolate Under the Moon. It's a moonshine mixology and dessert festival. Eleven local bar tenders have crafted different moonshine cocktails. They are competing for your votes. The winning cocktail will be named the Coastal Uncorked drink of the year. These drinks can be paired with decadent desserts from Johnny D's Waffles & Bakery. This event runs from 5-9 p.m.
On Saturday is Brews 'N the Beach. You can try 55 different craft beer samples from all over the country. There will also be food vendors. This is the second year for this event. You will get a complimentary souvenir tasting glass at this event, which runs from 4-8 p.m.
On Sunday is the staple event, the Grand Wine Tasting Tent. You can sample 77 different wines from all over the country. There will also be cheeses, ham, and Carolina pulled pork for purchase. This final event runs from 1-6 p.m., and you will also get a souvenir wine glass.
There will be live entertainment every night. Tickets are $20 per person each day. Or you can purchase a three-day pass for $50. You must purchase that pass by 5 p.m. Friday. You can get tickets at the festival. Or you can click here to purchase tickets online. Those tickets will be sent straight to your smartphone.
Beyond just being a fun and tasty event, Coastal Uncorked brings awareness to the prestige of the Grand Strand's culinary options.
"It's really to help raise awareness of Myrtle Beach as a culinary destination," says Wisniewski. "Yes, we talk about the wine and the beers. But there's also some wonderful culinary offerings here along the Grand Strand."
Coastal Uncorked does benefit the HGTC Culinary Arts program.