Inaugural St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival Announces Dates, Events, and Advance Discount Tickets Now on Sale

Inaugural St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival Announced

Inaugural St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival
Announces Dates, Events, and Advance Discount Tickets Now on Sale
  A world-class culinary and beverage celebration will take place on Florida’s Historic Coast, May 6 – 9, 2021 at the World Golf Hall of Fame. The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival will be a showcase of culinary, beverage and culture that highlights celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits and beer brands from around the globe. The inaugural festival offers a wide variety of events for all tastebuds and budgets, from wine dinners and tasting events, to master classes and more.
The World Golf Hall of Fame and the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort, St. Augustine are the host location sites for the 2021 festival, located 20 minutes north of historic downtown St. Augustine and the beaches. The festival is being made possible in part by a 2021 St. Johns County Tourist Development Grant.
The festival organizers look forward to bringing another top-tier culinary event to St. Augustine, as they manage several other major culinary festivals throughout the coastal southeast, including the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife on Jekyll Island and the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival. According to Jan Gourley, Founder/Director “We have always wanted to bring a culinary festival to North Florida, since we founded the Savannah Food & Wine Festival back in 2013, as 50% of the attendees for the Savannah F&W Festival come from the Jacksonville area. That festival has assisted in producing tremendous economic impact for Savannah during an off-peak time period for tourism. The caliber and quality of the St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival will create significant economic impact in new spending from visitors on Florida’s Historic Coast, from overnight stays and dining, to shopping and recreational activities. It will also assist in raising awareness for St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach as destinations for return visits and heighten the significance of the flourishing local culinary and beverage scene.”
Early Bird advance discount tickets are on sale now, with up to 33% savings on some festival events, with limited ticket availability for a limited time. The festival will partner with several local, non-profit organizations on various events. The World Golf Hall of Fame and Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation are the festival’s two primary 501(C)3 charity partners, with 100% of the live and silent auction proceeds from the festival benefiting the charities.
The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival is a four-day food and drink festival, May 6 – 9, 2021 with most events taking place at the host location sites, the World Golf Hall of Fame and the Official Hotel partner, World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort. There are three off-site Epicurean Master Classes on Friday, May 7, 2021 taking place at St. Augustine DistilleryDog Rose Brewing and The Legends Restaurant & Grille at Slammer & Squire.
There are limited Early Bird advance discount tickets available for most events through January 31, 2020St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival Schedule of Events include (events and talent subject to change).
Thursday, May 6, 2021 – “World Golf Hall of Fame Winemaker’s Dinner”
6-7 pm Reception; 7-10 pm Dinner, St. Johns County Convention Center
500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL, 32092. A gourmet food lover’s experience with a six-course dinner, featuring three guest celebrity/James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, including Maneet Chauhan, television personality and award-winning chef and author. Three outstanding local chefs, including Brian Whittington of Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine and Michael Lugo of Michael’s St. Augustine, will each prepare a course as well. Each course will be paired with a guest golf celebrity’s wine – from celebrities such as Morgan Norman of Greg Norman Estates and LPGA Hall of Famer, Jan Stephenson. The Reception includes an Open Bar with an extensive Charcuterie display, by renowned Master Butcher, Michael Sullivan, featuring a variety of hand-butchered meats and locally made breads and accouterments. *Dinner will include a Live Auction Fundraiser for World Golf Hall of Fame and Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation.
Friday, May 7 – Epicurean Master Classes
“Off-Site”, Epicurean Master Classes
The first three classes provide spirits, wine and craft brew lovers a chance to pick a class of their choosing, to learn more about their favorite beverages of choice at these fantastic off-site locations.
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, “Bourbon and Mixology 101” with Philip McDaniel, CEO/Co-Founder and Clark Gilmore, Brand Ambassador at St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
  • 10:30 – 12:00 pm, “How to Order the Right Beer for You and Be Cool Doing It!”, with Doug Murr, CEO/Co-Founder at Dog Rose Brewing, 77 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
  • 11 am – 12:30 pm, “Bordeaux Blending Class” with Tony Porcellini, CWS, Director of Food & Beverage, at Legacy Hospitality, LLC at The Legends Restaurant & Grille, Slammer & Squire Golf Course, 2 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
Epicurean Master Classes – 4 Classes (Master Class Pass Available for these 4 Classes)
St. Johns County Convention Center, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
A variety of master classes featuring cooking demonstrations with celebrity guest chefs, beverage demonstrations and tastings from winemakers and beverage experts. Each class offers the attendee an opportunity to taste culinary creations/bites with paired wines, beers or featured signature cocktails.
  • 1 – 1:45 PM, “Cooking Aloo Chaat with Maneet Chauhan”
*Includes a signed copy of Maneet Chauhan’s NEW Chaat Cookbook!
  • 2 – 2:45 PM, “Class TBD”, with Morgan Norman, Greg Norman Estates
  • 3 – 3:45 PM, “Class TBD”
  • 4 – 4:45 PM, “Class TBD”, with Jan Stephenson, Jan Stephenson Wines
Friday, May 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm - “Smoke on the Water”, Walk of Champions, World Golf Hall of Fame
1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, Florida, 32092. This BBQ Extravaganza is a showcase of the southeast’s most celebrated Pitmasters and grill masters with wine, beer and spirits along the Walk of Champions. Enjoy unlimited beverage tastings in a souvenir glass, along with delicious grilled, smoked and roasted gourmet BBQ bites – all included with ticket price. *FREE parking, 21 & older only event, no pets allowed.
Saturday, May 8, 8:30 – 11:30 am, “Rise & Shine”
Villagio Grille, World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, Florida, 32092; Light breakfast bites and a choice of Mimosa, Champagne or Bloody Mary. Fantastic eye-openers to start the day off right – and a great way fuel-up for the main event!
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 1 – 4 pm, "St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival", Main Event
Walk of Champions, World Golf Hall of Fame.1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, Florida, 32092
A fun afternoon of culinary and beverage tastings, with live music in the beautiful surroundings of 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 spirts exhibitors, and each guest will receive an RFID wristband which will be used for admission and to purchase culinary tasting credits. In addition, each attendee will receive a voucher for 50% off a return visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum before 12/31/21 ($20.95 regular admission price).
The Walk of Champions and the World Golf Hall of Fame will be filled with a variety of exhibitors, from artisans and farmers and live music to hundreds of different varieties of beverages – including wines, spirits, and beers. Some of the local area and South’s best restaurants and food trucks will offer a variety of culinary options. Guests will enjoy the Taste of the South Magazine Demonstration Stage featuring chef and beverage demos, with limited tasting sampling available. The stage will feature opportunities to learn more about cocktails, craft brews and spirits, cooking hacks, and more. *Limited to the first 200 people present for each stage session. The Jacksonville Magazine Music Stage will showcase some outstanding local and regional live music, schedule to be determined. And the Jacksonville Magazine Sparkling Lounge will showcase a wide variety of sparkling beverages. A fantastic Silent Auction will feature a variety of items and services, from luxury and beauty, to travel and one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining opportunities. The Silent Auction will benefit the World Golf Foundation and Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation. **FREE parking, 21 & older only event, no pets allowed.
“Hall of Fame-Atlanta Magazine VIP Lounge”, 1 – 4 pm, St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival (separate admission ticket) World Golf Hall of Fame, Walk of Champions and Kelly Field – Atlanta Magazine VIP Lounge Tent, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, Florida, 32092. The VIP Lounge is an exclusive, fully catered VIP Lounge experience with special SWAG bags, private restrooms, open bars, live music, and more; a limited number of tickets available. The Hall of Fame-Atlanta Magazine VIP Lounge ticket also includes full access to the general admission St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival area on the Walk of Champions. Each VIP Lounge ticket includes a FREE ticket for access to the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum the day of the festival ($20.95 value); and a free coupon voucher for 50% off for a return visit. The VIP Lounge Celebrity Meet & Greet Stage will feature once in a lifetime Meet & Greet opportunities and tastings from guest celebrity winemakers and chefs, with sample tastings. Stage schedule will be released in the coming weeks. *Limited to the first 200 people present for each session.
Sunday, May 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, “The Jazz Brunch” (Family-friendly event)
St. Johns County Convention Center, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL, 32092
This lively Jazz Brunch happens to fall on Mother’s Day in 2021! Each special lady will be greeted with a rose to start their day off right, along with a souvenir tasting glass. The Jazz Brunch is one like no other with an all-inclusive priced ticket featuring a fantastic local jazz trio, lavish brunch spread, with carving stations, indulgent sides, made-to-order omelet station, a seafood station, and a wide variety of desserts (something for everybody!). Bloody Mary Bar, Champagne, Mimosas, and a host of unlimited beverage stations from the festival’s wonderful partners include wine, beer, spirits beverage tasting stations inside the brunch – coffee, iced tea and soft drinks beverages included. Mom and the entire family will enjoy being spoiled with the special treatment at The Jazz Brunch on this Sunday finale festival event!
Some fantastic savings on All Access Early Bird Ticket Packages for the festival will be available for a very limited time: The Legends VIP All-Access Pass includes all festival events, including the VIP Lounge from Thursday – Sunday; The Double Eagle VIP Pass includes all events, with the VIP Lounge from Friday – Sunday; The Eagle All-Access General Admission Pass includes all event, Thursday - Sunday; The Hole in One General Admission All Access Pass includes all of the events from Friday - Sunday;  The World Golf Village Renaissance Resort has Save, Stay and Play packages that include hotel stay for Thursday – Sunday and Friday - Sunday, World Golf Village Renaissance Resort Save, Stay and Play Packages.
The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival is a culinary celebration taking place in one of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities, visit Florida’s Historic Coast and St. Johns Cultural Council for more details. The inaugural St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival will be one of the State of Florida and southeast’s major events taking place in Spring 2021. We are all hoping for a widely distributed vaccine in first quarter, nonetheless the festival has precautionary plans in place for social distancing and to implement any health and safety measures which may be still necessary, including limiting attendance at outdoor and indoor events. There are numerous opportunities for volunteer roles for people 21 and older to volunteer with the festival and receive free admission to events, details can be found on the festival website here.
St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival will take place May 6 – 9, 2021 with culinary, wine, beer and spirit tasting experiences, with schedule events and talent subject to change. The most up to date festival information is available on the website: St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival and the festival’s social media channels: FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Please contact Jan Gourley or Kelly Smith for additional festival information; festival photography and assets can be downloaded here.


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