Taste of Savannah

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Main Event!

Food, Fun, Wine, Spirits & More

Location: Ellis Square through Johnson Square, Savannah

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


- $50 per person General Admission.  For information on same-day tickets see below.

Save 10% - $45 per person through November 2, 2014

- $95 per person VIP Access

- All tickets include a souvenir GoVino wine glass & 5 free food tokens**

** Food tokens are valued at $1 each, with food booth items ranging from $2-$6.

2013 Taste of Savannah. Courtesy of New River Auto Mall

Taste of Savannah, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1 – 5 pm:


With early access at noon for VIP Lounge ticket holders, Ellis and Johnson Squares. Enjoy great Savannah food from some of the best spots in town, hundreds of free wines, spirits, Belgium beers with free unlimited tastings in a souvenir GoVino glass and five free food tokens.  Savor a variety of cooking demonstrations, learning experiences, Artisan Market, Celebrity Author’s Tent, Bartender’s Challenge, Waiter’s Race and more.


NEW This Year at The Taste of Savannah:


Expanded locations to Ellis & Johnson Squares; Best of Belgium Beer Garden; expanded Georgia Grown Village; expanded Big Green Egg Grilling Guru Stage; Atlanta Magazine expanded Celebrity Chef Kitchen, presented by BI-LO; Savannah Magazine Locavore Stage; Savannah Morning News’ VIP Lounge in the center of all of the activities; Savannah Art Association will have en Plein Air artists featured in locations painting throughout the Taste of Savannah.


Savannah Magazine’s Locavore Stage:


Located in the Georgia Grown Village and moderated by Editor, Annabelle Carr and Associate & Digital Editor, Amy Condon.  Savannah Magazine’s “Cocktail Quest”, 1:15 - 2:15 pm; “Savannah Magazine’s Farm to Table Forum”, with a panel of local and sustainable farmers and chefs: Heather Ivey, Manchester Farms, Kristan Fretwell, Hunter Cattle Co, Rafe Rivers with Canewater Farm, Kyle Jacovino, The Florence, Neil Youngblood, Blowin’ Smoke, Josh Yates, Green Truck Pub, 2:30 – 3:30 pm; United States Postal Service Unveiling of the Celebrity Chef Forever stamps, including the Edna Lewis stamp 3:30 – 3:45; “Southern Cooking Tribute to Edna Lewis”(original farm to table cooking before it had a name) with Ruth Lewis Smith (Edna Lewis’ sister), Joe Randall, chef and author, Jennifer Booker, chef and author and Paul Fehribach, executive chef and owner, Big Jones, Chicago IL, 3:45 – 4:20 pm.; “Georgia Grown” with Diana Earwood, Destiny-Organics, Captain Randy Cuthrell, Wild Georgia Shrimp, and more 4:30 – 5 pm.


Sysco Learning Experiences, presented by WTOC-TV:


Moderated by John Wetherbee, WTOC-TV; Maggie White, Editor of The Local Palate Magazine and Jason Restivo, Sommelier: “Savannah’s Seafood Sustainability” chef Anthony Lamas, Seviche, KY, chef Nico Romo, Fish, Charleston, SC, Matthew Roher, The Landings Club, Savannah, GA and George Sedberry, Sanctuary Science Coordinator, NOAA, 1:15 – 2 pm; “So You Think You Can Taste!” with a panel of distinguished winemakers, Master Sommelier, sommeliers and brand ambassadors (Larry O’Brien, MS, Jackson Family Wines, Lydia Mondavi, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Dahne Chesson, Rioja Wines, USA, Trey Christy, Advanced Sommelier, Spire Collection, and Eric Crane, Sommelier, Empire Distributors) 2:15 – 3:15 pm; Today show, Lifestyle expert and author, Annette Joseph, “Setting The Perfect Holiday Table”– 3:30 – 4 pm; “The Perfect Margarita”, with Sean Land from Tres Agave and United Distributors, Michael Venezia, 4:15 – 5 pm.


Jet Blue Chefs & Sommeliers Stage


Moderated by TBD: “The Gourmet Cowboy”, season 10 Food Network Star, Lenny McNab, 1:15 - 2 pm; TBA, 2:15 - 3 pm; “Seminar name TBA” with Marc Stroobandt, Master Beer Sommelier, Stella Artois, Trey Christy, Advanced Sommelier, Spire Collection, Jeanne Cabral, Heitz Cellars and Dahne Chesson, Rioja Wines USA, 3:15 – 4 pm; Virginia College, “Seminar name TBA” 4:15 – 4:45 pm.


Atlanta Magazine’s Celebrity Chef Kitchen, presented by BI-LO:


Moderated by Jesse Blanco & Senea Crystal, Eat It & Like It: Bobby Dean, The Lady and Sons and Host of "Not My Mama's Meals" which airs on both the Food Network & Cooking Channel, 1:15 - 2 pm; Hugh Acheson, James Beard Foundation award winning Chef and Author, (Savannah, Athens and Atlanta, GA), 2:15 - 3 pm; “Slow Cooking for Two” with James Beard Foundation award-winning Author, Cynthia Graubart 3:10 – 3:55 pm; “Down Home Comfort with Virginia Willis”, chef & author – 4:10 – 4:45 pm.


Andaz Experience Patron Circle (limited to Patron Circle members only):


“Holiday Tastings, Locally Sourced” with Georgia Grown Chef and Author, Jennifer Booker, Atlanta, GA, Damon Lee Fowler, Chef and Author and Lauren Teague, Executive Chef, Andaz Hotel - 12:15 – 1 pm; “Taste with the Master”, Larry O’Brien, Master Sommelier with Jackson Family Wines, 1 - 2 pm; “Villa Maria Taste from Down Under” with New Zealand’s Villa Maria Brand Ambassador, Kara Knier - 2:15 - 3 pm; “Seminar name TBA” with La Crema Brand Ambassador, Marita Estava – 3:15 - 4 pm; VIP Meet & Greet Reception - 4:15 - 5 pm.


Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus Stage:


Linkie Marais, Food Network/Big Green Egg Executive Chef and Lifestyle Expert, 1:15 – 2:00 pm; Roberto Leoci, Leoci’s Trattoria and Pacci’s Italian Kitchen + Bar; 2:15 – 3:00 pm; TBA, 3:15 – 4:00 pm; TBA, 4:15 – 5 pm


Savannah Morning News VIP Lounge, presented by United Community Bank  (Not open to the general public, for VIP ticket holders only)


With special thanks to Rioja Wines, USA – Several winemakers, spirits principals and brand ambassadors, celebrity chefs and more will make appearances throughout the day. The United Community Bank stage featuring: Marc Stroobandt, Master Beer Sommelier Stella Artois from 12:15 – 1 pm (*receive a special souvenir, Stella Artois chalice); Trey Christy, Advanced Sommelier, Spire Collection, 1:30 – 2 pm; “Holiday Entertaining Made Easy” with BI-LO national Executive Chefs, 2:30 – 3 pm; Taste with “Savannah’s Local Wine Experts” (Jason Restivo, Sommelier/GM Garibaldi’s, Brad Grubb, Advanced Sommelier/GM Ruth’s Chris, Kylie Pittman, Sommelier, Atlanta Wine and Claude) 4:15 – 5 pm. The private VIP Lounge includes complimentary appetizers, wine and spirits. A comfortable, lounge seating area with bistro garden not open to the general public.  Early entrance into the festival at noon, with check-in available at the VIP Lounge.


Celebrity Author’s Tent – Several celebrity and local cookbook authors will be holding autograph signings throughout the entire day, with talent Schedule shown below.


Barefoot Wine Waiter’s Race – 1:30 pm;


Bartender’s Challenge – 3 pm;


Culinary Kids Area and Silent Auction taking place from 1 – 5 pm.

Mimosas, Muffins, and Masterpieces


Pop by Telfair Square on Saturday morning from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, the only place to buy same-day tickets for Taste of Savannah before the event begins.


All Taste of Savannah ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to sip delicious mimosas and savor yummy pastries while strolling through 80 artists booths at the 20th Annual Telfair Art Fair, taking place Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.


Take advantage of early free parking at the Bryan Street Garage on Saturday morning. Artists will hold any items you purchase until Sunday at 4:00 pm.

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah Learning Experiences Stage

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah Locavore Stage

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah Grilling Gurus Stage

Presenter of 2014 Taste of Savannah Learning Experiences Stage

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah VIP Lounge

Sponsor of 2014 Best of Belgium Beer Garden

Presenter of 2014 Taste of Savannah Celebrity Chef Kitchen

Presenter of 2014 Taste of Savannah VIP Lounge

Sponsor of 2014 Jet Blue Chefs & Sommeliers Stage

Sponsor of 2014 VIP Lounge

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah Celebrity Chef Kitchen

Sponsor of 2014 Georgia Grown Village

Sponsor of 2014 Taste of Savannah Waiter's Race

A plein' air painting event to be held in conjunction with the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. Plein' air is a French term for painting outdoors.  Artist will paint a designated area of downtown Savannah the morning of the event. They will then take their paintings to a tent at the Taste of Savannah event where they will be judged and exhibited for sale. The event takes place in Ellis and Johnson Square. After the event the paintings will hang at the Savannah Airport Gallery.  To participate or to learn more click here.

Book Signing Schedule:


1 to 2 p.m.

- Pat Branning

- Sally Ann Robinson

- Jennifer Booker (Andaz demo, 12:15 to 1)

- Wiley McCrary

2 to 3 p.m.

- Ruth Lewis Smith (2 events 3:30 to 3:45 and 3:45 to 4:30)

- Damon Fowler

- Joe Randall (panel, 3:45 to 4:30)

3 to 4 p.m.

- Virginia Willis (event, 4:10 to 4:30)

- Hugh Acheson (event, 2:15 to 3)

- Janice Shay

- Perre Coleman Magness



4 to 5 p.m.

- Cynthia Graubart (event at 3:10 to 3:55)

- Annette Joseph (demo, 3:30 to 4)

4:30 to end of day (these authors have the option to sign more books after their end-of-day events)

- Jennifer Booker

- Joe Randall

- Virgina Willis

- Ruth Lewis Smith


The Tourism Leadership Council is pleased to announce the 2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival.   According to festival President, Michael T. Owens, “The overwhelming success of the inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival translates into an even bigger and better 2014 festival.


The Taste of Savannah will now take place in Ellis and Johnson Squares, the River Street Stroll will be in an expanded area and we’re in the process of finalizing plans on several new events and venues. We will have the full festival line-up of tickets on sale by June 1, 2014.”


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For more information on the Festival contact us at:



At the Taste of Savannah, Savannah Food & Wine Festival’s signature event, on Saturday, Nov. 15, ticket holders will have the opportunity to taste hundreds of wines.


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The Savannah Food & Wine Festival  PO Box 10010

Savannah, Georgia 31412  ph: 912-232-1223; fax: 912-236-8821

©2014 Savannah Food & Wine Festival and The AdFish Group

*The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is presented by the Tourism Leadership Council, a 501-(c) 6 organization, with proceeds benefiting the TLC Scholarship Fund, with educational opportunities for hospitality program students in colleges and universities in the Coastal Empire and many local charitable organizations.