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2016 Savannah Food & Wine Fest schedule


2016 Savannah Food & Wine Fest schedule

02 Nov 2016

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival runs from Nov. 7-13. Get tickets (including combo packages) at 


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6 p.m. Nov. 7

The Seed Life Skills Benefit Dinner

The Florence, 1 W. Victory Drive

$125; proceeds benefit Seed Life Skills

The festival kicks off Monday evening with the Seed Life Skills Benefit Dinner. Chefs Hugh Acheson and Kyle Jacovino of The Florence will team up with Scott Crawford of Raleigh, N.C.’s Crawford & Son to prepare a six-course meal of Italian-inspired cuisine. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the dinner will benefit Seed Life Skills, which promotes sustainable food usage and hands-on education in schools.


Nov. 7-11

Master Classes

Various locations

$45 per class; bundle packages available

A variety of intimate classes will be led by world-renowned chefs and sommeliers who will share their culinary secrets. Guests will learn about everything from sake to wine, hands-on cooking techniques such as butchering, bread-making and grilling and more. See the full lineup at


6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Whisky at The Whitman

The Whitman Mansion, 611 Whitaker St.

$150; proceeds benefit The 200 Club

Sample the finest whisky, bourbon and scotch while enjoying small plates complementing the tasting in a souvenir Glencairn crystal glass. All proceeds from this event will benefit The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, which provides financial assistance to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.


6 p.m. Nov. 9

Celebrity Chef Tour

Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd.

$185; $325 for two; $600 for four

The culinary party of the season, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour returns in a new venue. This premier event features 10 chefs preparing seven courses that have been carefully paired with wines from around the world. A record number of James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs are participating this year, along with Savannah chefs Dusty Grove, Lauren Teague and Jean-Yves Vendeville.


5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 10

Grand Reserve Tasting

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Sold out

Wine lovers will revel in the Grand Reserve Tasting, where premium wines are showcased.


8-11 p.m. Nov. 10

Secret Savannah Speakeasy

Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road


Secret Savannah Speakeasy has quickly become one of the festival’s fun signature events. It features a Prohibition-era themed costume contest, gourmet tastings from nine restaurants and a wide variety of beverage tastings. New this year, the final round of the Bartenders Challenge will take place at the Speakeasy, where the best cocktail will be awarded $1,000 and guests get to vote for their favorite.


5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11

River Street Stroll

Rousakis Plaza, River Street

Sold out

River Street comes alive with wine and spirits tastings. This event has been part of the festival from its beginning and has always been a sell-out affair.


8-11 p.m. Nov. 11

Q-Masters, Chefs + Vets

Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.

$59; proceeds benefit Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

Friday night plays host to one of this year’s new events. It’s a Veterans Day celebration and block party like no other. Hosted by Service Brewing Co., a veteran-owned and operated brewery, this event raises money for the Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans. Some of the country’s best barbecue pitmasters and grilling experts will be showing off their finest ‘cue and more. Live music, wine, cocktails and brews, including a souvenir crystal beer goblet, will round out this event.


1-5 p.m. Nov. 12

Taste of Savannah

Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road

$65; VIP $135

The main event, Taste of Savannah features a record number of exhibitors and cooking/beverage demos this year: 400 beverages and 20+ restaurants on seven stages. Each ticketholder receives a souvenir crystal wine glass with five food coins. Thousands of guests will wander through the grounds featuring limitless wine, beer and spirit tastings. Some of Savannah’s best restaurants will also be selling small plates. But the fun doesn’t end there, as the Georgia Grown Village will feature food, products and artisan creations. The Taste of Savannah VIP Lounge ticket is a fully catered experience with its own stage, music, guest lounge, private restrooms and more.


7:30 p.m. Nov. 12

Rising Stars Chef Dinner

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Sold out

Seven of the South’s hottest up-and-coming chefs will cook a special five-course dinner by reimagining Southern comfort food, complete with complementing wine, spirit and beer pairings.


12:30-4 p.m. Nov. 13

Jazz & Bubbles Brunch

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

$65; many seatings sold out

The festival grand finale, the Jazz & Bubbles Brunch, features live jazz music, Champagne or mimosas in your souvenir crystal flute, delectable food, limitless spirit, wine and beer tastings, Bloody Mary bar and more, all with a view of the Savannah River.