Pine Mountain, GA (November 17, 2017) – Advance discount tickets are on sale now for the inaugural, Sip and Savor Spring, a four-day food and drink festival, taking place March 15 – 18, 2018, presented by Callaway Resort and Gardens. Several of the events and 100% of the live and silent auction proceeds from the festival, will benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF), a non-profit 501-(c)3 organization. Callaway Gardens is made possible by the ICCF. The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation relies on membership, donations and support of its programs, events and fundraising activities to sustain. The Sip and Savor Spring event will generously support the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation’s mission to connect man and nature in a way that benefits both. All future improvements to the gardens will be made possible by the generous support of ICCF.
This spring, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Resort and Gardens will be showcasing its latest renovations, along with its world-famous azalea gardens, and more than 20,000 fresh spring blooms of dogwoods, crabapples, daffodils, tulips – during Sip and Savor Spring, the resort’s newest signature, culinary event. Callaway Resort and Gardens considers the resort to be the official sponsor of spring. Sip and Savor Spring will be a quintessential spring celebration, featuring signature dinners, master classes and several al fresco tasting events on the beach and under the Big Top, highlighting the area’s finest culinary, wine, craft beer, spirits, artisans, music and more. Over 50 of the south’s leading local and award-winning chefs, cookbook authors, wine makers and more are scheduled to appear. A James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner is scheduled to kick-off Sip and Savor Spring festivities on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The Tastings Under the Big Top event on Saturday, March 17, 2018 will feature a Georgia Grown Market with some of Georgia’s finest home grown and home-made products, farmers and artisans. There are limited advance discount tickets available for most events through November 30, 2017 here. Events and schedule: • Thursday, March 15, 2018 – James Beard Foundation, Celebrity Chef TourDinner 6 pm, Callaway Resort and Gardens Conference Center A six-course, wine paired dinner with celebrity guest chefs hosted by the resort’s culinary team. This night to remember will feature special guests including, James Beard Foundation award-winning or nominated chefs and authors, television chef personalities, winemakers, winery owners, sommeliers and more. • Friday, March 16, 2018: Bloom Master Class Series, various locations at Callaway Resort and Gardens – Day Class Pass available Class 1: Butterflies and Brews, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm; Day Butterfly Center. Learn how to create a butterfly garden from Master Gardeners, with a guest chef cooking demo, while sampling a variety of Georgia’s best craft brews. Class 2: Cooking with Herbs and Edible Flowers, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. An esteemed panel of celebrity chefs, Master Gardeners and award winning authors will steer you through the art of growing, sourcing and cooking with edible flowers, herbs and more – taste some gourmet samples made with herbs and edible flowers, paired with wines. Class 3: Biscuits 101 and Bourbon, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm; Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center. Our celebrity guest chef will guide you through the art of making Southern biscuits and then pair the creations with a perfect bourbon. • Friday, March 16, 2018: Sip and Savor – Ski Pavilion on the beach, 7 – 9 pm. A waterfront and interactive tastings with beer, wines spirits, gourmet sweet and savory tasting bites, music and more on the beach and under the pavilion. Local well-known celebrity guest chefs will be featured and a live auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. • Saturday, March 17, 2018: Waffle House Showdown, presented by Waffle House, in the Cooking Demo Pavilion, next to the FSU High Flying Circus Tent, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Watch chefs compete for the title of “Waffle House Champion” in a fun and lively competition with Champagne, Bloody Mary bar, signature cocktails, breakfast bar and more. 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. • Saturday, March 17, 2018: Tastings Under the Big Top, FSU High Flying Circus Tent, 1:00 – 4:30 pm. The main event with music, food and beverages under the FSU High Flying Circus Tent and surrounding grounds. This is the event you won’t want to miss! Featuring hundreds of beverage tastings, culinary bites from local restaurants and chefs from around the southeast. Enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations, cookbook authors and other interactive show-casings. In addition, some of Georgia’s best home grown products will be available in the Georgia Grown Market, along with gourmet foods and crafts. • Sunday, March 18, 2018: Longleaf Brunch – 12:30 – 3:30 pm, presented by Callaway Resort and Gardens. The festival finale is a brunch of delightful culinary stations from the resort’s culinary team. Many exceptional beverage tastings are included in the brunch – showcasing signature cocktails, a variety of wine, spirits, beer, Bloody Mary bar, Champagne and mimosas. Sip and Savor Spring will take place throughout Callaway Resort and Gardens, March 15 – 18, 2018 with culinary, wine, beer and spirit tasting experiences. The most up to date festival information is available on the website: Sip and Savor Spring, Instagram and Facebook.