Mount Pleasant Magazine Jan/Feb 2022

29 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com an event to “elevate Charleston’s culinary brand” and bring “national and international attention to our city through a multi-day festival,” said CHSWF Marketing and Communications Director Alyssa Smith. CHSWF is the biggest event they produce, and when the pandemic cancelled the festival in 2021, it was the firstever occurrence, as it had been with SEWE. “It felt really weird,” recollected Smith. “It was off to not have this event. It’s become a ritual and tradition for so many dedicated festival-goers.” TELLING STORIES THROUGH FOOD As Smith explained, CHSWF is primarily about storytelling, and it’s the stories and the meaning behind them that make this food scene so exceptional. There are events dedicated to the rich history of Charleston cuisine, and 2022’s version will also host an Asian street market event called “Street Eats” to showcase the growing influence of Asian cooking in our culinary milieu. CHSWF organizers are eager to resume this year and promote our city. “We celebrate and highlight the unique culinary community we have,” commented Smith, a Charleston native. “We’re just extremely grateful feature