As one of the area's premier events, the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival brings together culinary specialties from local and regional restaurants pairing them with more than 200 premium wines. Sample and taste your way through this fantastic showcase of wine and food.
The mission of the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival is to sponsor and support educational and community programs for youth in the lake area. Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and auctions go directly to help fund schools and community programs in Putnam, Greene and Baldwin counties. By bringing together renowned chefs, winemakers and our wonderful lake communities we’ve discovered a fun and rewarding way for people to contribute and make a difference in the lives of many by improving our communities and celebrating the best life has to offer at the same time.
All corporate and individual festival sponsorships are tax deductible. Get in touch with us and see how your contribution can benefit the community and your company with increased exposure and by earning the love of your customers by giving back.
Revenue from ticket sales as well as sponsorships assists the festival in staging the event and raising funds to support our local charities.
One Mission, One Camp, Two Causes: During summer, Camp Southern Ground hosts campers for week-long residential camps. In the non-summer months, the state-of-the-art facilities are utilized in conjunction with industry leading organizations to support veterans and their families transitioning back to civilian life.
Ferst Readers provides books for the community to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success.
Gatewood is a Christian college prep school in Eatonton, GA. It provides an exceptional educational experience to prepare students for college and lifelong success.
The Oconee Performing Arts Society educational and outreach program expands performing arts education in the community and local schools.
The Plaza Arts Center (formerly Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation) provides after-school arts programs for Putnam County school children ages 4 and up.
Young Life is an interdenominational Christian outreach ministry whose mission is to help adolescents in our community grow in their faith.
The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival was established in 2008. It was started by a group of volunteers from the Redeemer Episcopal School who saw the potential of an event to showcase the lake area while generating proceeds to support children's educational programs. The festival began as a dinner and auction held at Reynolds Landing. There were less than 200 attendees the first year. Each year the festival has grown in number and size. The 2016 festival played host to over 1500 attendees. After 2 years, the festival was moved to the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. In 2016 The Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival Incorporated and became its own 501(c)3. Since its inception the Festival has donated over $1.2 million dollars to lake area schools and children’s charities.