Food & Wine Festival Events

We are so excited about the 2017 festival events and we think you will be too! Our team has worked hard to secure some the most prolific vintners, chefs, restaurants and market place merchants for your tasting and shopping pleasure.

This year we are introducing a Lakeside Festival Venue and a host of exciting new events all enjoyed along the backdrop of beautiful Lake Oconee, home to Georgia’s most scenic food & wine festival. 2017 also marks the inaugural Market Place, a free event featuring local and regional merchants and artists. Perhaps our most exciting new addition is the VIP Cooking Experience with the Lee Bros. You’ve seen them on TV, now you’ll have a chance to meet these culinary artists and award-winning cookbook authors in person!

Scroll down & check out details on what we’ve got planned. We think your tastebuds are going to light up!

The Launch Party

Kick Off the Weekend In Style!

Entertainment by Ronnie Pittman Band & Lucy Angel

Friday | 8:00pm | The Grand Ballroom

Kick off the weekend with a St. Patrick’s Day bash featuring Nashville trio, Lucy Angel and the rockin’ Ronnie Pittman Band. The party will be held in the Grand Ballroom with interior design by Shane Meder of Black Sheep Interiors.

Launch Party guests will find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with beers, wines, specialty Irish cocktails and Irish whiskey! Guests get to try out the refreshing new taste of “White Claw Hard Seltzer.” Light fare and desserts will be served. Wear your St. Patty’s Day green and come dance the night away!

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The Vintner Dinner

Sponsor only five course dinner with vintner wine pairings.

Friday | 6:30pm | Linger Longer Steak House

This Friday night event held exclusively for our sponsors features an elegant five-course meal prepared by the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Executive Chef Andy Litherland. Each course will be expertly paired with a selection from this year’s featured winemaker, Ty Caton.

Cocktails will be served at 6:00pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.

Learn more about Ty Caton

The Brew & Que

Lakeside BBQ Smorgasbord with craft beer and cocktails.

Entertainment by Tim Cadiere and Washboard Road

Saturday | 12.00pm | Lakeside Venue

Have lunch overlooking the lake while you sip an ice cold craft beer or try a signature cocktail. Listen to great music and be the judge of the tastiest regional BBQ of the day!

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What’s the Right Glass?

Learn which glass best compliments your wine in this tasting event hosted by Riedel.

Saturday | 2:00pm | Location to be decided-stay tuned!

Join Riedel Ambassador, George Muller for a live demonstration on the effects that the shape of a wine glass has on each unique varietal and how stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of a wine to the senses.

Guests will get to sample a range of Francis Ford Coppola wines and tickets include a set of four Veritas Riedel wine glasses (MSRP $138).

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SPONSORED BY: The Oconee Cellar

VIP Cooking with the Lee Bros.

An exclusive cooking demonstration by Ovation Network's own Lee Bros.

Saturday | 5:00pm | Lakeside venue

The Lee Bros. have tantalized tastebuds across the globe with their well-known Ovation Network TV series and multiple award-winning cookbooks. Join us for an exclusive in-person cooking demonstration with these culinary artists and taste-makers. This presentation will be set in The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival’s brand new Lakeside Venue by Gaby’s restaurant on the lake.

learn more about the Lee Bros.

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The Market Place

The Best of Regional Wares, Art, Clothing and more!

Saturday | 10:00am | Festival Venue

Shop till you drop at the inaugural Market Place. Spend Saturday morning browsing our handpicked vendors selling unique art, clothing, cutlery, jewelry and more.

As an added bonus, Korbel will be serving champagne at the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival Market Place.

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The Grand Tasting

The Centerpiece of The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

Entertainment by Matt Rogers & Megan Fowler

Saturday | 6:00pm | Festival Venue

The Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the festival. The evening will bring delicious food from local and regional chefs paired with wines from around the globe as well as local brews & spirits. The lakeside festival also features a silent auction, including trips to unique destinations, gourmet dinners, sporting packages and much more. Of course we’ll have over 150 wines for sampling and food from the best regional chefs & restaurants.

Back by popular demand! Thomas Arvid will present live painting at The Grand Tasting.

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Charity Auction

Join the charitable festivities

Saturday | 8:00pm | Festival Venue

Featuring an exciting array of destination vacations, gourmet dinners, sporting packages and much more!

Register for the auction here

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Farewell Gospel Brunch

Traditional Southern Sunday Brunch with Gospel Band

Sunday | 9:00am | Georgia's Bistro

Don’t leave the lake on an empty stomach. Enjoy a spectacular Southern Sunday brunch with inspirational entertainment that will leave you fulfilled and smiling.

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