Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3: A Gourmand’s Delight
Author: Special to CH2
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, a new spring culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature and nurture, April 22-24. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings of all kinds (spirits, beers, whiskies and wines) with inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars along 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.
Attendees can expect to receive a Glencairn crystal souvenir glass to sip and savor unlimited tastings of great whiskey, spirits, wine and beer, enjoying culinary delights and some great music, all oceanfront and inclusive with admission ticket.
The W3 events take place with breathtaking background views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Jekyll Island Beach Village and The Westin Jekyll Island. A special “Wings, Q & Brews Alley” will be part of the Saturday afternoon festivities, with some of the South’s most revered Pitmasters and chefs including Rodney Scott, Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, South Carolina; Griffin Bufkin & Harrison Sapp, Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, Georgia; and Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Friday, April 22
W3 Master Class Pours, The Westin Jekyll Island*
2-2:45 p.m. Brewing Craft in Georgia with Kevin Ryan, CEO, Service Brewing Co.
3-3:45 p.m. Woodford Reserve Distillers Select with the Woodford Reserve Taste Masters
4-4:45 p.m. White Asparagus & Wines with Michael McNeill, master sommelier, The Winebow Group
5-5:45 p.m. A Showcase of Master Southern Distillers
6-6:45 p.m. Whiskey vs. Whisky with Eric Crane, advanced sommelier, Empire Distributors. $35 per person, per class or $95 Master Class Pass Pours Discount for all five classes. Limited ticket availability.
*Schedule of events and talent subject to change
Whiskey Inspired, The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve Restaurant and Oceanfront Lawn
From 7-10 p.m., enjoy whiskeys, wines and beers, along with whiskey-inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights, from savory to decadent sweets! Some of the South’s leading, award-winning celebrity chefs and renowned Golden Isles and Lowcountry superstars will be showcasing their special recipes. The beautiful Westin Jekyll Island provides the perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening, oceanfront under the stars with the Three Little Birds band. A very special live and silent auction will also take place benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation:
Live auction 6-8 p.m., with luxury items at 8:30 p.m. blind & silent auction (auction bidding will close at 9:30 p.m.) You will also have the opportunity to participate in the wine pull and whiskey pull. The wine pull includes a chance to pull a numbered, $20 cork or pull two corks for $30, for a guaranteed minimum $15 bottle of wine and several $100+ bottles included. A full list of all wines in the wine pull will be provided at the blind & silent auction. Whiskey pulls are $25 each or two for $40, with a wide variety of whiskies available from a minimum $25 to $100+ in value.
$85 per person after April 1, 2016, includes souvenir tasting glass with culinary and beverage tastings. Limited ticket availability.
Saturday, April 23
“Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”: 1-4:30 p.m., Jekyll Island Beach Village
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 from the Briteside Band and an opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife up close, from turtles to alligators! Celebrity cookbook author signings, wildlife demonstrations, chef cooking demonstrations and great whiskey, wine and beer panel discussions/tastings will take place on several stages:
Atlanta Magazine stage 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Magazine stage 1:45, 2:45, and 3:45 p.m.
Jekyll Island Foundation stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing 1:00, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 p.m.
“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” – featuring some of the South’s most legendary Pitmasters
Silent auction tent near the Jekyll Island Foundation stage with all types of great items (gift certificates, artwork, overnight stays and trips, etc.); Silent auction bidding will close at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $59 per person through April 1; $65 per person after April 1. Ticket price includes souvenir glass, culinary and beverage tastings. Limited ticket availability.
VIP Lounge Westin Rooftop ticket: $125 per person after April 1. VIP ticket (Westin’s Rooftop Area & The Reserve Restaurant) overlooking the Beach Village Green, souvenir glass, catered with private bar and some premium pour tastings. Limited ticket availability.
Sunday, April 24
12:30–3:30 p.m. W3 Sunday Brunch, The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve restaurant
The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team’s showcase and includes souvenir glass with unlimited tastings of Champagne, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more—legendary finale with a laid-back beach vibe. $59 per person after April 1.
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASS – BEST SAVINGS!
A special, all access pass advance discount is $285 per person or $500 for two tickets, through April 1. Advance discount tickets include Friday W3 Master Class Pours, Friday, Whiskey Inspired, Saturday, VIP Westin Rooftop Ticket, for Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3 and W3 Sunday Brunch. Regular price $365.