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Euphoria

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Sept. 22 thru Sept. 25
http://www.euphoriagreenville.com

Food, wine, craft beer, live music and fun: It’s Euphoria, a multi-day immersion into the best of local and international cuisine, as well as spirits from around the country.

Since 2006, Euphoria has filled a long weekend in September with tastes and sounds choreographed to overload the senses. This year’s events span Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.

Roughly 6,000 guests attended 2015’s different Euphoria events, enjoying menu selections from 50 restaurants, while samplingDSCF2992 more than 200 wines, as well as the best of 20 craft breweries and 10 distilleries gathered from every corner of the country. Twenty guest chefs – some imported from Charleston, Atlanta and Ayden, NC – lent their talents to the Guest Chef Dinners and cooking demonstrations.

Want to tweak your knowledge of wine? There are seminars conducted by top-notch experts. Plus, a variety of live music punctuates most the larger events – some feature multiple bands and performers.

Events range from more formal, intimate Guest Chef Dinners hosted by an array of downtown restaurants to the uber casual, like this year’s opening night’s Songwriter’s Recipe, and Saturday’s Traffic Jam with its dozen or so food trucks.

Carl Sobocinski, one of its founders, referred to Euphoria as a literal orgy of food, wine and music over four days. It is a chance to get up close and personal with chefs, wine makers, craft beer brewers and musicians as you eat, taste and listen your way through Greenville’s tree-lined downtown.

DSC01329Inching its way to international status, last year’s Euphoria welcomed guests from 30 states and several countries.

For 2016, the number of events is expanded with some familiar ones relocating from downtown to the West End near Fluor Field.

Scores of area hotels and motels offer weekend accommodations. Some even offer Euphoria packages. Those within walking distance of all of Euphoria’s events include the Hampton Inn and Suites with rooms priced from $279 to $329, and the Westin Poinsett with rooms from $262 to $322. Farther outside the downtown core are a wide array of accommodations, such as Hyatt Place with rooms at $124 per night and the airport Residence Inn with rooms for $139 per night.

All net proceeds go to charity. Guests can purchase tickets for the various events cafeteria style, picking and choosing a specific event or events, as well as in packages. Event prices range from $35 for a wine seminar or primer on Southern brewing to $150 for a Guest Chef Dinner. Larger events, such as the Feast by the Field, Traffic Jam and Taste of the South, range in price from $45 to $125. Several multi-event ticket packages, as well as hotel/ticket packages are also available. Our favorite Euphoria event and, in our opinion, the most bang for your buck is Saturday’s Feast by the Field — formerly called Tasting Showcase — that brings together a number of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries, as well as several restaurants and musicians for an afternoon of enjoyment. Tickets: $75.

If you want to experience an array of Euphoria events, as well as complimentary transportation to them, a VIP Pass will set you back either $795 or $995.

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