Along with the official opening of the full new boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, this week also kicked off what Grand Strand officials and merchants hope will be a major tourism draw, of another kind.
The Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine festival is a citywide effort says Heidi Vukov, a local bistro owner and event spokesperson:
When we first started planning it, we looked at food and wine festivals throughout the country and typically they have a hub. It may be a huge park area that they will tent and have a lot of their events under the tent. We don’t have a particular area like that in Myrtle Beach. We have so many outdoor venues and we didn’t want to pick one and focus on it. We wanted to showcase the whole community.
Myrtle Beach boasts more restaurants per capita than any other state in the U.S. That’s because the small town swells into a tourist- filled city over the summer…one in which food and drink mean big business. Vukov says the week will be filled with restaurant activities.
The various restaurants that will be participating in restaurant week will also have wine maker dinners, theme dinners, beer dinners, we have a tequila dinner. Those events will take place a various nights throughout the week. We’re not lumping them all together. On Wednesday we have a golf tournament at Pine Lakes Country Club. At each of the par 3’s we’ll have food tastings.
Vukov explains that in the upcoming weekend there will be tasting trolley which will stop at 12 locations throughout the city:
At each location, we will have various events. Nine of the stops are ocean-front hotels and the other three stops are the new Market Common, the new boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach. And at each of the venues there will be a wine tasting or some sort of a spirits tasting and food tastings.
Coastal Uncorked in Myrtle Beach runs through May 22.