IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Wine Festival
When: April 20-24
Where: Tybee Island
A Celebration of Earth and Vine
6-9 p.m. April 20, Tybee Wedding Chapel, 1114 1st St.
An elegant five-course wine dinner prepared by celebrity chefs from Tybee and Savannah.
Tickets: $95 or $86 for theater members
The Art of Pairing
7-9 p.m. April 21, Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave.
An intimate five-course wine-tasting dinner that pairs the perfect wines with each course, from appetizer through dessert, led by a sommelier.
Tickets: $85 or $77 for theater members
An Evening of Oysters and Wine
6:30-8:30 p.m. April 22, Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, 404 Butler Ave.
Enjoy oysters served six ways with perfectly matched wines from a dozen wineries.
Tickets: $60 or $54.50 for theater members
Grand Wine Tasting
3-6 p.m. April 23, Tybee Island Light Station, 30 Meddin Drive
Festival signature event featuring more than 100 international wines and samplings from the menus of Tybee restaurants and a few others nearby. Live music, silent auction, and commemorative 2016 Tybee Wine Festival wine glass.
Tickets: $65 or $59 for theater members
12:30-2:30 p.m. April 24,The Crab Shack, 40 Estill Hammock Road
A buffet of Southern-flavored homemade delights, including scrambled eggs, deviled crab, shrimp, country ham, chipped pork sliders, a beef round carving station, Bahamian mac & cheese and more.
Tickets: $39 or $35.50 for theater members
You’ve heard that old saying before: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And according to Melissa Turner, executive director of Tybee Post Theater, that’s the sentiment that ran through her head when planning this year’s Tybee Wine Festival.
She says the festival, now in its eighth year, “is almost an exact replica of last year’s event.”
“It was so successful and everything sold out, so why chance messing with what’s working?” she says.
Presented by the Tybee Post Theater, the Tybee Wine Festival will take place April 20-24 and features five days of international wines, fine food and live music set in five venues across the island.
Turner says the event will kick off with A Celebration Earth and Vine from 6-9 p.m. April 20 at the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.
“This is a really neat celebrity chef dinner,” Turner says. The elegant five-course wine dinner is prepared by local celebrity chefs, including Kurtis Schumm of Tybee Island Social Club and Tybee Island Fish Camp; Kyle Jacovino of The Florence; Keith Latture of Sandfly BBQ; and Michael Perez of Charleston’s Indaco and Colletta. Turner says Jesse Blanco of “Eat It and Like It” is back again to host the event.
The next event is The Art of Pairing from 7-9 p.m. April 21 at Tybee Island Social Club. Turner says the evening will feature an intimate five-course wine tasting dinner featuring two wines paired for each course. “We will walk you through each course and explain the wines,” she adds. There is a high chance those tickets will sell out before the event.
An Evening of Oysters and Wine will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 22 at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill. The event will take you beachside with wine and live music and Turner says they will offer oysters served six ways.
“It will be a very laid-back event focused on the wines.”
Everyone will want to come out to Tybee for the big event, the Grand Wine Tasting from 3-6 p.m. April 23 at the Tybee Island Light Station.
“It’s big,” Turner says. “There will be lots of wine, food from local restaurants, live music and a great silent auction.”
She recommends guests bring a beach chair or blanket to relax on the lawn and make a day of it.
“Our wine festival is a little different from others because we don’t have the long lines,” she explains. “It’s more relaxed; more Tybee ... Some people dress up and some come in their shorts and flip flops.”
The festival will close out the weekend with a Champagne Brunch from 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 24 at The Crab Shack. The event features a buffet of Southern fare including scrambled eggs, deviled crab, shrimp, country ham, chipped pork sliders, a beef round carving station, Bahamian mac and cheese and more. The brunch will also feature sparkling wines.
Turner wants to remind everyone that all proceeds of the festival go to benefit the continuing restoration and programming expenses at the historic, nonprofit Tybee Post Theater.