The Main Event!

Food, Fun, Wine, Spirits & More

Location: Ellis Square, Savannah

Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


- $50 per person General Admission

- $95 per person VIP Access  (SOLD OUT)

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

Hundreds of wine exhibitors, spirits, food booths and more all taking place in the Culinary Village, located in Ellis Square in the heart of historic, downtown Savannah! Wine & Spirits Tasting Ticket Attendees will receive a souvenir Savannah Food & Wine Festival GoVino wine glass with Wine & Spirits Tastings ticket. There will be plenty of simultaneous entertainment happenings in Ellis Square and surrounding streets, available for every member of the family. Fun and lively demonstrations from the Celebrity Kitchen, to the Celebrity Cookbook autograph signings, children’s culinary activities and much more! There will be several Taste of Savannah tickets available for the Saturday events in Ellis Square, which will offer different types of access and wristbands. Tickets will be available for non-drinkers, with limited access to only food booths, Artisan Market, children’s activities and food & beverage industry competitions. Access to the Wine & Spirits exhibitors, Celebrity Kitchen, Big Green Egg Grilling Area and Celebrity Cookbook Authors tents will only be available with the Wine & Spirits tasting ticket. Must be 21 to receive wristband for wine & spirits tastings. All wine tastings will be included with the ticket admission. Some of the planned events include:

Waiter's Race Presented by

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VIP Vintner's Lounge Presented by

Celebrity Chef Kitchen Presented by

Saturday, Nov. 16
Taste of Savannah: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Ellis Square
The charity partner for the Taste of Savannah is the United Way of the Coastal Empire. *Schedule of events subject to change. Many special event venues have limited seating and are available on a first come, first served basis. 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Wine & Spirits Booths with free tastings, Celebrity Chef Kitchen, Cookbook Authors, Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus, Learning Experiences Tent open with general admission ticket; Artisan Market, Culinary Court, Waiter’s Race and Bartender’s Challenge open to the general public at no charge. VIP Vintner’s Lounge is a separate ticket, which provides special access to the VIP Vintner’s Lounge area.
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Waiter’s Race presented by Chateau St. Jean. 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Bartender’s Challenge VIP Vintner's Lounge Presented by Penfold’s and Beringer: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Courtyard at the Inn at Ellis Square
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm: The Lee Brothers - Meet & Greet
12:30 pm to 12:45 pm: Food Network, Extreme Chef Anthony Lamas, Meet & Greet 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Jake Krausz, Estate Director, Arkenstone/Tasting 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Chef Shaun Doty, Meet & Greet 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm: Joe Shirley, Vintner, Napa Cellars - Meet & Greet/Tasting 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Tim Smith, Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine, Tasting Meet & Greet Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm: Chef Linkie Marais, Food Network 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Chef Roberto Leoci, Leoci's Trattoria 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm: Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm: Cooking Demo TBD Sysco Learning Experiences Tent: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm: Napa Valley Winemakers – “Napa Valley Rocks” Presentation: Rob Mondavi, Jr., Joe Shirley, Jeanne Cabral and Craig Becker. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: “Local Sustainability & Sourcing” – The Lee Brothers will be moderating a panel of celebrity guest chefs and farmers: Chefs Chris Hastings, Anthony Lamas and Shaun Doty along with Manchester Farms' Heather Ivey and Del Ferguson with Hunter Cattle, Co
. 2:10 pm to 2:30 pm: Sysco Fresh with Jesse Dunham, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate with new culinary samplings 2:40 pm to 3:15 pm: Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill “New World vs. Old World” Blind Tasting - Moderated by WTOC-TV's Tim Guidera 3:20 pm to 4:00 pm: “Heritage of African American Cooking in Savannah & the Lowcountry” with Chefs Joe Randall, Sallie Ann Robinson and Vinnie Burns - Moderated by Tim Rutherford. The Local Palate Celebrity Chef Kitchen: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm: Cooking Demo - Chef Shaun Doty, Bantam & Biddy, Atlanta, GA 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Savannah Technical College Presentation 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm: Culinard, Virginia College Presentation 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm: Food Network, Extreme Chef Anthony Lamas, Seviche, Louisville, KY 3:20 pm to 4:00 pm: Food Network, Chef Linkie Marais Andaz Experience: Patron Circle Members only. 12:00 pm to 4 pm. 22 Square, Andaz Hotel 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm: Joy Sterling, CEO, Iron Horse Vineyards Tasting 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Joe Shirley, Vintner Napa Cellars Tasting 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Rob Mondavi, Jr. “Private Mondavi Family Cellar Tasting” extremely rare wine collection *Limited to the first enrolled 50 Patron Circle members 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Andaz Executive Chef, Lauren Teague presents Pre-Thanksgiving Favorites! 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Eric Crane, Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors “Holiday Wines” 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm: V.I.P. Meet & Greet with celebrity guest chefs, authors and wine makers Celebrity Author's Tent: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Autograph Signings 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Chris Hastings, Cheryl & Griff Day 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Janice Shay, Sallie Ann Robinson, Damon Lee Fowler, Pat Branning 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm: The Lee Brothers, Martha Nesbit, Damon Lee Fowler, Libbie Summers, Joe Randall 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Bobby Deen, Food Network Chef & Author City Market “Official After Party”: 4:00 pm - City Market next to Ellis Square

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





destination event this coming fall, which will benefit the entire City of Savannah, TLC’s scholarship programs, its hospitality, restaurants and tourism related partners and members – and various local non-profit organizations!

November 18, 2013


Jesse Blanco, Eat It and Like It host, news anchor, and gourmet foodie.

I spent a lot of time chasing food and foodies last week.  By my math, I visited every event in the Savannah Food and Wine Festival except for three. Two were a result of not being able to be in two places at one time, the other (River Street Wine Stroll) was because of my staff obligations at  WSAV-TV.  The best feeling was seeing how excited so many people were about this event. continue reading Jesse's Blog click here

November 14, 2013 - The Savannah Morning News reports on the  Celebrity Chef Dinner.  To read the full story click here.


November 12, 2013 - The Island Packet reports on Festival week.  To read the full story click here.


November 10, 2013 - The Savannah Morning News reports on Chef Elizabeth Terry's return to Savannah for the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.  To read the full story click here.

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The Tourism Leadership Council has been very busy behind the scenes recreating its successful Taste of Savannah. The TLC is now ready to launch this exciting  culinary and wine

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

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*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.