Food & Wine Festival Events

Taste your way through hundreds of wines, spirits, and gourmet samples from the Georgia’s finest chefs, stroll through The Market Place, dance the night away at The Launch Party and so much more! Pick the events you want to join, or get the whole package and make the entire weekend amazing!

The Go Wild! Game & Beer Dinner

Wild Game Dinner with Craft Beer Selections

Friday | Cocktails: 6pm Dinner: 6:30pm | The Pavilion

Go Wild! with our new event this year! This unique and savory feast includes a five-course dinner created by Chefs Casey Burchfield and Brandon Peterson and features delicious wild game selections paired with craft beers from our sponsor, Sierra Nevada! Each ticket also includes admission to The Launch Party where you can cap off the evening dancing to the music of Eric Dodd and his band while sipping on an amazing selection of wines and spirits!

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SPONSORED BY: Sierra Nevada

The Launch Party

Kick Off the Weekend In Style!

Eric Dodd

Friday | 8:00pm - midnight | The Grand Ballroom

Get your groove on for a weekend of indulgence! Enjoy an amazing concert by Eric Dodd (who has shared the stage with Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band) while hanging out in our Nashville Bluebird Cafe themed cocktail lounge appointed with fabulous interior design by Shane Meder of Black Sheep Interiors.

Three beverage vouchers are included with your ticket. Go Wild! Game & Beer Dinner tickets include Launch Party admission.

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The Vintner Dinner

Sponsor-only five course dinner with vintner wine pairings

Friday | Cocktails: 6pm Dinner: 6:30pm | Linger Longer Steak House

This event is exclusively for our sponsors. The dinner features an elegant five-course meal prepared by Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Executive Chef Andy Litherland. Each course is expertly paired with a selection from this year’s featured winemaker, Silver Oak.

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

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The Brew & Que

Lakeside BBQ Smorgasbord with craft beer and cocktails

Tim Cadiere & Washboard Road

Saturday | 11:30am - 2:00pm | The Pointe

Have lunch overlooking the lake while you sip an ice-cold craft beer or a signature cocktail. Listen to the soul pounding, foot-stompin’, country-Cajun rhythms of Tim Cadiere & Washboard Road and indulge in the smokiest, best tasting BBQ the region has to offer!

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SPONSORED BY: Oconee Brewing Company

The Market Place

The Best of Regional Artisans

Saturday | 10:00am - 5:00pm | Ballroom Foyer

Shop ‘til you drop at The Market Place. Spend Saturday browsing our handpicked vendors featuring unique art, clothing, specialty food items, cutlery, jewelry and more.

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Festival Cigar Lounge

Need a Saturday break? Relax in the inaugural Festival Cigar Lounge!

Saturday | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Georgia's Terrace

New to the Festival this year! If shopping the Market Place isn’t your thing, calling all cigar enthusiasts! Light up your cigar, join us for a drink, and relax with beautiful Lake Oconee as the backdrop. All festival attendees are admitted, no tickets needed!

What’s the Right Glass?

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

Saturday | 2:30pm | Ballroom

Join Matt Garofalo (of Oconee Cellars, in Greensboro) and Riedel Ambassadors 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.

Attendees will get to taste the wines from Wagner Family - Owners of Caymus Vineyards and wines from Silver Oak, the Festival’s Featured Vintner for 2018!

Tickets include a set of four Riedel Veritas wine glasses (MSRP $138).

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SPONSORED BY: The Oconee Cellar

The Grand Tasting

The Centerpiece of The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

Matt Rogers

Saturday | 6:00pm | Festival Venue

The Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the festival. Your ticket includes delicious food from local and regional chefs, wines from around the globe as well as local brews & spirits. The grand tasting features a charity auction, including trips to unique destinations, gourmet dinners, sporting packages and more. We’ll have over 200 wines for sampling!

Thomas Arvid will present live painting at The Grand Tasting and you’ll find your inner groove with the melodic tunes of Matt Rogers.

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Maserati Ride & Drive

Get behind the wheel of these awesome roadsters!

Saturday & Sunday | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Valet Portico

This exclusive event showcases some of the hottest cars on the road today! Get behind the wheel of these driving machines and see what all the hype is about. Representatives from Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta will be on-hand to demonstrate the features & appointments behind these legendary and beautifully designed vehicles. Available on-site will be the Maserati Levante, Maserati Ghibi, and the Maserati GranCabrio.

Scheduled timeslots have sold-out, but you can still get on the wait list!

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SPONSORED BY: Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta

Charity Auction

Support Our Community

Saturday | 8:00pm | Festival Venue

The auction features an exciting array of destination vacations, gourmet dinners, sporting packages and much more! All proceeds support local childrens charities.

Auction registration is now open!

Charity Auction Registration

Jazz Brunch

Traditional Southern Sunday Brunch with Live Jazz

Sunday | 8:00am - 12:00pm | Georgia's

Before you depart, enjoy a spectacular Southern Sunday brunch with live jazz entertainment — you’ll leave the lake fulfilled and smiling!

The Ruby Reds Band will be performing at The Farewell Jazz Brunch! The band brings decades of experience bringing New Orleans style jazz to the Southeast and causing toes to tap and hips to swing everywhere they go.

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