Coastal Uncorked postponed until 2014

The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association announced Monday that because of a recent ruling by the South Carolina Department of Revenue in regards to donated alcoholic products for non-profit events, the Coastal Uncorked week scheduled for June 3-8, 2013 will be postponed until 2014.

The MBHA was in the process of making final preparations to this year's event when the SC Department of Revenue clarified the rules.

"When we learned about it obviously you know you try to go into fix mode, try to figure out how we can work around this. Obviously with this short period of time, we were just concerned about what product we'd be able to produce," explained Stephen Greene, President & CEO for the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association.

"Our decision to postpone this year's event is very disappointing."

The ruling deals with beer, wine and liquor donated for non-profit or charitable events and alcohol is a big part of Coastal Uncorked.

"In this particular case, the discussion about the ruling was because we were charging an admission or ticket or offering asking for a donation to the charitable aspect of it that was a point of sale so that triggered in the discussion about how these products could be donated in the future," added Greene.

Once distributors found out about the change from the State Law Enforcement Division, they pulled out of the event.

SLED is the agency that will enforce the SCDOR ruling.

"We've always had a strong working relationship where these individuals, came in brought their product and helped promote the event. In the same sense, obviously, it's a food and wine festival and a tasting event so when you do a tasting trolley you want to be able to have food and obviously wine, beer or liquor tasting," said Greene.

"It's kind of like running into a brick wall at 100 miles an hour and none of us saw it coming so unfortunately the timing is not in our best interest for this year but we'll regroup, strengthen and get prepared for 2014."

Coastal Uncorked shows off the culinary side of the hospitality industry and the Grand Strand. The event raises money for culinary scholarships.

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