Food + Wine Fest announces final schedule

Limited tickets left as some events sold out

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The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival is approaching rapidly, and several events have already sold out, with limited tickets left for many events.

Festival organizers suggest that those thinking about going make plans to purchase tickets now, as they may not be available the week of the festival.

“We know it’s often hard to create awareness for an inaugural food and wine event, but the St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival really seems to be resonating with food-and-wine lovers from around the South,” said Jan Gourley, festival co-founder and director. “We are looking forward to hopefully selling out the entire festival in the next two weeks. I’m encouraging everyone to check the festival’s website event pages before making plans – which will identify sold out events.”

Here’s a look at the events at press time:

World Golf Hall of Fame Winemaker’s Dinner

SOLD OUT

Reception, 6-7 p.m.; dinner, 7-10 p.m. May 6, St. Johns County Convention Center

500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine.

A gourmet food lover’s experience with a six-course dinner, featuring three guest celebrity/James Beard Foundation award-winning and nominated chefs.

Chefs are: Maneet Chauhan, TV personality, award-winning chef and author, recently crowned the winner of Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions, with a restaurant group in Nashville, Tennessee; Paul Fehribach, chef/owner and author, Big Jones, Chicago; and Michael Gulotta, chef/owner, Mopho and Maypop, New Orleans.

The three local chefs participating in the dinner include Brian Whittington of Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine, Michael Lugo of Michael’s St. Augustine and Josh Smith, Catch 27.

Epicurean Master Classes

  • “Bourbon and Mixology 101” with Philip McDaniel, CEO/co-founder, and Clark Gilmore, brand ambassador, at St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia St., St. Augustine. 10:30 a.m. to noon May 7. SOLD OUT
  • “Cooking Aloo Chaat with Maneet Chauhan” – includes a signed copy of Maneet Chauhan’s new “Chaat Cookbook.” 1-1:45 p.m. May 7. SOLD OUT.
  • “Virtual Tasting” with Morgan Norman, Greg Norman Estates. 2-2:45 p.m. May 7.
  • “Experience Grilling on Urban Asado’s Argentine Inspired Live Fire Grills” with Nick Carrera and Matt Brown. 3-3:45 p.m. May 7.
  • “From the 18th Hole to the 19th Hole” with Jan Stephenson, Jan Stephenson Wines. 4-4:45 p.m. May 7.

“Smoke on the Walk”

6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine

This barbecue extravaganza is a showcase of the Southeast’s most celebrated pitmasters and grill masters with wine, beer and spirits along the Walk of Champions in World Golf Village.

There will be live music with Remedy Tree. Enjoy unlimited beverage tastings in a souvenir glass, along with grilled, smoked and roasted gourmet barbecue bites – all included with ticket price.

This is an event for those age 21 and older only. No pets allowed.

“Rise & Shine”

8:30-11:30 a.m. May 8, Villagio Grille, World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine

Light breakfast bites and a choice of mimosa, champagne or Bloody Mary.

Main Event

1-4 p.m. May 8, Walk of Champions, World Golf Hall of Fame, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine

A fun afternoon of culinary and beverage tastings, with live music in the Walk of Champions, the centerpiece of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Tickets include a souvenir glass for unlimited beverage tastings from hundreds of wines, beer and spirits. Each guest will receive an RFID wristband, which will be used for admission and to purchase culinary tasting credits.

The Taste of the South Magazine Demonstration Stage will feature chef and beverage demos. The schedule includes:

  • 1:15-2 p.m., Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago. “Pickled Shrimp & Gazpacho”
  • 2:15-3 p.m., Brian Whittington, Preserved Restaurant/Chop Shop, St. Augustine. “Local Fish, Port Canaveral Shrimp, Etouffee, Local Rice Middlins”
  • 3:15-4 p.m., Cory Bahr, Tony Chachere’s Ambassador Chef, Opelousas, Louisiana.

Each stage session will be limited to 200 people.

The Jacksonville Magazine Music Stage will showcase Ramona + the Riot. The Jacksonville Magazine Sparkling Lounge will showcase a wide variety of sparkling beverages.

This is an event for those age 21 and older only. No pets allowed.

The “Hall of Fame VIP Lounge,”presented from 1 to 4 p.m. by GreenWise Market, Jacksonville International Airport and Atlanta Magazine is an exclusive, catered experience with special swag bags, private restrooms, open bars and live music from Salt & Pine. The separate admission ticket also includes full access to the general admission St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival area on the Walk of Champions. There are a limited number of these tickets available.

The VIP Lounge tent is at 1 World Golf Place.

In addition, the VIP Lounge Celebrity Meet & Greet Stage will feature meet-and-greet opportunities with guest celebrity winemakers and chefs, with sample tastings. The stage schedule is as follows: 1:15-1:45 p.m., Jan Stephenson, Jan Stephenson Wine & Spirits; GreenWise Market, “How to Make Fresh Mozzarella; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Five Sisters Spirit Vodka, the Culhane sisters, Atlantic Beach; 3:30-4 p.m., Bryan Furman, Bryan Furman BBQ, Atlanta, Georgia. Each stage session will be limited to 200 people.

“The Jazz Brunch”

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 9. St. Johns County Convention Center, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine

This is a family-friendly event.

The Jazz Brunch falls on Mother’s Day, and each special lady will be greeted with a rose and a souvenir tasting glass.

The all-inclusive-priced ticket features live music with Sam Pacetti, brunch buffet with carving station, indulgent sides, made-to-order omelet station, seafood station and a variety of desserts.

There will be a Bloody Mary bar, champagne, mimosas and a host of beverage stations inside the brunch – coffee, iced tea and soft drinks will also be included.

Volunteer positions for those age 21 and older are still available for the Main Event. Details can be found at staugustinefoodandwinefestival.com/volunteer.

The World Golf Hall of Fame and Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation are the festival’s two primary charity partners, with 100% of the live and silent auction proceeds from the festival benefiting both charities.

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