Culinary — 21 January 2015
30th annual event will be held at the Sea Pines Resort.

The Hilton Head Wine + Food Festival, the oldest festival of this kind on the east coast, will hold its 2015 event at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The festival’s signature Grand Tasting will be held on the 18th Lawn of the legendary Harbour Town Golf Links, while the popular Public Tasting will take place at the resort’s iconic Harbour Town Yacht Basin.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the festival will grow and expand in 2015 with new programming, including the addition of a designer show home and golf-focused events, as well as expanded accommodation considerations.

This year’s festival week offers a brand new schedule of events, including the “Par for the Cork” golf outing, “Sip and Stroll” marina celebration and themed vintner dinners at the resort’s newly renovated Plantation Golf Club.

“The festival is the oldest-running food and wine festival on the east coast, paralleling the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen,” said Tamara Bream, chairman of the festival board of directors. “We look forward to toasting our past accomplishments while welcoming future generations of festival goers.”

The 2015 festival spans the week of March 9 – 14, 2015, and offers an anticipated line-up of world-class vineyards, local and regional celebrity chefs, live entertainment and an array of visual and performing artists. The highly-acclaimed International Wine Judging Competition precedes the 2015 festival and will be held February 6 – 8.

WineFest-334 (1)21 Plus Salute! While the festival is exclusive to adults age 21 and older, the following events may be of special interest…

Wine and Cinema Event
Monday, March 9
6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Custom Audio Video Showroom, Bluffton
The Festival’s Kick-Off Event, the showing of “A Good Year” starring Russell Crow. Come watch this romantic, wine-themed movie in the plush surroundings of Custom Audio Video’s state-of-the-art showroom. Enjoy gourmet small plates, award-winning wine from the 2015 International Wine Judging, and listen to a Sommelier discuss the movie and wine.

Wine Tasting and Education Series, “Zing” Food and Wine Together
Tuesday, March 10
2 – 4 p.m.
Atlantic Room – Sea Pines Beach Club
“Zing” Food and Wine Together
This workshop is the experiential part of Zing!, when the ‘eureka’ moment happens which begins all your future food and wine adventures from this simple scientific perspective. Learn the chemistry and perspective behind everything. Meet the Wines: A show and tell of 6 wine elements integral to pairing with food. Meet the Food: How those elements are affected by, and affect how, we taste wine.

Wine Tasting and Education Series, “BYOB”
Wednesday, March 11
2 – 4 p.m.
Atlantic Room, Sea Pines Beach Club
BYOB: Build Your Own Bordeaux. This unique seminar invites every guest to blend his or her own wine out of the classic varietal components of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc. Guests will use Trinchero Reserve’s single Vineyard Estate Wines to create a blend, and taste a professional’s Meritage.

Grand Tasting
Friday, March 13
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
18th Lawn at Harbour Town Golf Links
The curtain rises this evening on the centerpiece of the 30th Anniversary festival. Alluring old and new guests alike to the 18th lawn of Harbor Town Golf Links, this traditional tasting is the festival’s most exclusive celebration, featuring elite award-winning wines and light hors d’oeuvres. Raise your glass to three decades of Hilton Head’s Wine + Food Festival while admiring the backdrop of the Calibogue Sound and signature candy stripe lighthouse.

More Information…

Hilton Head Wine + Food Festival

The Hilton Head Wine + Food Festival celebrates the unique culinary culture on Hilton Head Island while raising dollars for the John T. and Valerie Curry Scholarship Fund, which provides educational opportunities for students enrolled in the hospitality programs at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

– Press Release; Text & Images Courtesy The Reynolds Group, Inc.

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