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26th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival

Vicki Shivers - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hilton Head Island
is gearing up for one of its favorite annual events and it promises (once again) to be a great time for all. Experience the wine, fresh local seafood and other culinary delights on the beautiful South Carolina Low Country Coast at the The 26th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival. Once just a small wine tasting, this popular event has grown to be one of the East Coast’s largest outdoor public wine festivals, and has in fact received the 2011 Bon Appetite Seal of Approval.

The five day Festival kicks off on Tuesday March 8th and runs through Saturday March 12th with the official opening festivities at the “Uncork The Festival” Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball themed party. Then get ready for a spectacular feast, as the
3rd Annual “Great Chefs of the South Dinners” begins at various around the Island. This fun and delicious event has our favorite Island chefs creating unique dishes and experiences to celebrate this annual festival and spotlight our local bounty. Festival goers have the opportunity to dine with wine experts from around the country as they enjoy scrumptious food and wine pairings from our fine local chefs.
“The Grand Wine Tasting and Auction” gets underway on Friday night at the Sea Pines Resort Harbour Town Conference Center. This is your chance to learn all about some of the best wines and allows you to taste a variety of premium wines and purchase your favorites to take home with you.

Probably the most popular event of the Festival, “WineFest” will be held on Saturday at
The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation. This is your opportunity to be a part of the largest public outdoor wine tasting event on the East Coast! There will be over 400 wines, live entertainment, food samplings from Island restaurants as well as live and silent auction. Come out and support your favorite local food and beverage staff member at the Waiter’s Race and Bartenders Challenge, which is always a crowd favorite. You also will not want to miss the Outdoor Gourmet Pavilion which features cooking demonstrations by local chefs and your chance to taste some of the best food in the Low Country.

For additional information regarding Festival events and ticket sales contact (843) 686-4944 or visit

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