Taste of Charleston canceled for this year, new event location sought

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Members of the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association have confirmed there will be no Taste of Charleston event this year.

What would have been the 37th year of the event is now on pause until the fall of 2018.

The restaurant association has also confirmed other venues are being considered for the event, which is normally held at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

Gina Stouffer, a spokesperson for the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, also confirmed there is a desire to involve more food trucks in the event that normally attracts thousands of hungry foodies.

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association released the following statement later Friday:

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc. (GCRA) looks forward to unveiling a new format for its Taste of Charleston event, scheduled for Fall 2018. Event planners are currently exploring some of the country’s most successful “Taste” events in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta and Portland for inspiration and best practices. Additionally, the GCRA will be expanding the platform of participants and actively recruiting restaurants from across the areas of Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.

There's no word yet on specifics of the 2018 event.

Those at Boone Hall Plantation say they are grateful to have host the event for several years and support the restaurant association in whatever direction it takes. Here is Boone Hall's full response to ABC News 4:

The Charleston Restaurant Association made a decision earlier this year to cancel the event for 2017 and communicated those plans to us. It is our understanding that this decision was made in order to see what they could do to locate another venue in the Charleston proper area and to take steps to try to improve the event. All of us at Boone Hall are very grateful to the restaurant association for all the years we were allowed to host this event together at Boone Hall and support them 100% in whatever direction they decide to go with the event.

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