JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (January 20, 2017) – Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, a culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature and nurture, February 9 -12, 2017. Breathtaking oceanfront experiences with legendary beverages and culinary tastings provide the perfect wintertime escape to historic Jekyll Island.
Advance discount ticket savings expire on January 31, 2017, and there are only limited tickets available to some of the events. Please visit http://www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com/ for details, featuring some great W3 Weekend Getaway Packages.
Full Schedule of Events Available Online -*Schedule of events and talent subject to change Thursday, February 9: NEW This Year! Four-Course Wine Dinner, 6:30 pm at The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island with Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and guest chef Raj Gupta, New Castle Hotels & Resorts, Halifax, Canada Friday, February 10: NEW This Year! Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip, 11 am – 1 pm departs from the Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf Friday, February 10: “W3 Master Class Pours”: 2 – 5 pm The Westin Jekyll Island: 2 – 2:45 pm: “Exploring the Wilds of Wine” Join Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors, Atlanta, GA as they guide you through tastings of several wine regions, from the wild west coast and beyond. 3 – 3:45: “The Best of Craft Brewing” Meet Brew Masters from right here in Georgia and around the country – and taste the variety of craft brews now available for every palate: Join Kevin Ryan with Service Brewing, Boston Beer, Ballast Point and more. 4 – 4:45: “Field to Glass”, Craft Distilled Spirits with the Master Distillers. Whether you’re a connoisseur of craft distilled spirits or a novice at tasting, you’ll enjoy a lively learning experience on the evolution of different craft distilled spirits, with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing. Friday, February 10: “Whiskey Inspired”: 6:30 – 9 pm The Westin Jekyll Island – Enjoy a hotel takeover! The Westin Lobby, The Reserve Restaurant and Oceanfront Lawn Enjoy whiskeys, wines and beers, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. Take home a souvenir crystal, Glencairn whisky glass. Saturday, February 11: “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”: 1 – 4 pm Jekyll Island Beach Village. VIP Lounge, presented by Ocean Oaks, with early access from 12 – 4 pm, Harry’s Rooftop Lounge, The Westin Jekyll Island. *Limited VIP tickets available. The main event takes place in the Beach Village with all the “W’s” and more. An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings from some of the South’s leading chefs and coastal favorites, great music and an opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife up close, from turtles to alligators! And take home a special souvenir glass. Sunday, February 12: “W3 Sunday Brunch”: 12:30- 3:30 pm The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve restaurant. The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – with unlimited spirits, wine, beer and Champagne tastings, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more – legendary finale with a laid-back beach vibe.
Village Green Entertainment Main Stage 1 – 4 pm: Briteside Band, Jacksonville, FL Atlanta Magazine Stage 1:30: “Not Your Mama’s Pork & Greens” with Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Grown; Stage Emcee: Tom Neville, Georgia Grown 2:15: “Meet & Taste with W3’s Master Distillers” – with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing; Stage Emcee: Jesse Blanco, Eat It and Like It 3:15: “The Hottest Craft Brews” with a variety of Brew Masters and brewery owners and ambassadors Jacksonville Magazine Stage – Stage Emcee: Amy Robertson, Jacksonville Magazine 1:15: “The Sommelier’s Guide to Tasting at W3” with Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors, Atlanta, GA 2:15: “Cooking with Chef Kenny Gilbert”, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert’s Social in Jacksonville, FL 3:15: “Farm to Fork” with Chef Ülfet Ralph, Little St. Simons Island, GA
Jekyll Island Foundation Stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing 1:00: “Totally Terrapins” – Bethany Wilson, Georgia Sea Turtle Center 2:00: “Georgia Sea Turtles” – Belinda Merkelis, Georgia Sea Turtle Center 3:00: “Protect our Predators” – Kimberly Andrews, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” presented by Springer Mountain Farms A special “Wings, Q + Brews Alley” will be part of the Saturday afternoon festivities, with some of the South’s most revered Pitmasters, Big Green Egg grill masters and chefs including: B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Savannah & Atlanta, GA; Griffin Bufkin, Harrison Sapp and John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, GA; Orchid Paulmeier, Hilton Head Island, SC; Ron Eyester, Southern Bistro, Atlanta, GA and Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert’s Social in Jacksonville, FL.
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASS – BEST SAVINGS! Special, All Access Pass Advance Discount – $549 for two tickets to everything, through January 31, 2017.
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, a culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature and nurture, February 9 -12, 2017. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close. The weekend’s events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with the island’s research and education experts on-hand Friday and Saturday, showcasing some fun, interactive programs with coastal wildlife, from turtles to alligators.
There are still volunteer opportunities available to get involved behind the scenes in several events.