AN OCEANFRONT GOURMAND’S DELIGHT
WHISKEY, WINE & WILDLIFE – W3
JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (March 11, 2016) – Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife – W3, a new spring culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature and nurture, April 22 – 24, 2016. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings of all kinds – from all types of spirits, beers, whiskies and wines, along with inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, 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 – savor culinary delights and enjoy 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, SC; Griffin Bufkin & Harrison Sapp, Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, GA and Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, FL. Several events have limited ticket availability, such as the “Master Class Pours” series of learning seminars, which feature some premium tasting opportunities and world renowned beverage experts, sommeliers, distillers and brew masters. Advance discount ticket savings are now available at www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com, along with some great W3 Weekend Getaway Packages and fun volunteer opportunities to get involved behind the scenes in the inaugural event. Photo files available here: Media Photos.
Schedule of Events –*Schedule of events and talent subject to change
Friday, April 22: “W3 Master Class Pours”:
2 – 6:45 pm The Westin Jekyll Island
2 – 2:45 pm – “Brewing Craft in Georgia” with Kevin Ryan, CEO, Service Brewing, Co.; 3 – 3:45 pm – “Woodford Reserve Distillers Select” with the Woodford Reserve Taste Masters; 4 – 4:45 pm – “White Asparagus & Wines”, Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, The Winebow Group; 5 – 5:45 pm – “A Showcase of Master Southern Distillers”; 6 – 6:45 pm – “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.
Friday, April 22: “Whiskey Inspired”:
7 – 10 pm The Westin Jekyll Island – The Reserve Restaurant and Oceanfront Lawn
Enjoy whiskeys, wines and beers, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. All tastings will be whiskey inspired – 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 with 6 – 8 luxury items at 8:30 pm
- Blind & Silent Auction (auction bidding will close at 9:30 pm): This will be a fun “Wine-Pull”, with a chance to pull a numbered, $20 cork or pull 2 corks for $30, for a guaranteed minimum $15 bottle of wine – with several $100+ bottles included. A full list of all wines in the Wine Pull will be provided at the Blind & Silent Auction. There will also be a “Whiskey Pull” available, $25 each or two for $40, with some a wide variety of whiskies available from a minimum, $25 to $100+ in value.
$75 per person through April 1, 2016; $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 pm 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
Jacksonville Magazine Stage – 1:45, 2:45, and 3:45
Jekyll Island Foundation Stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing – 1:00, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30
“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” – featuring some of the South’s most legendary Pitmasters.
Silent Auction: 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 pm.
$49 per person through March 1, 2016; $59 per person through April 1, 2016; $65 per person after April 1, 2016. Ticket price includes souvenir glass, culinary and beverage tastings. Limited ticket availability. VIP Lounge Westin Rooftop Ticket: $95 per person through April 1, 2016; $125 per person after April 1, 2016. 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: “W 3 Sunday Brunch”:
12:30– 3:30 pm The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve restaurant
The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – souvenir glass with unlimited tastings of Champagne, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more – legendary finale with a laid-back beach vibe. $49 per person through April 1, 2016; $59 per person after April 1, 2016.
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASS – BEST SAVINGS! Special, All Access Pass Advance Discount – $285 per person or $500 for two tickets, through April 1, 2016! Advance Discount Ticket (includes 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.
About Jekyll Island – the Public Treasure on Georgia’s Coast
Jekyll Island’s exquisite natural beauty has long drawn guests to its barrier shores. Surrounded by picturesque marshes and breathtaking oceanfront, Georgia’s smallest barrier island is a peaceful coastal habitat. The island has a vibrant history, originally inhabited by the Guale (Wah-li) Indians, Jekyll Island was explored by the Spanish and first settled by the English. At the turn of the century, those who represented 1/6 of the world’s wealth made the Jekyll Island Club their exclusive retreat. Recognizing that the island’s natural beauty and vibrant history set it apart from any other coastal destination, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature purchased the island from the Jekyll Island Club in 1947 and established the island as a State Park. From a modern, oceanfront convention center and brand new, Westin Jekyll Island hotel, to the world-renown Georgia Sea Turtle Center, local shops, and a new beachfront promenade (all redeveloped within their original footprints), Jekyll Island has spent nearly a decade revitalizing the island’s amenities to offer distinctive experiences for all to enjoy.
About The Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island The Westin Jekyll Island is Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ newest hotel in the Southeast, set along the beautiful Georgia coastline, offering direct beach access and breathtaking ocean views. The hotel is located in the new Jekyll Island Beach Village, which includes an oceanfront promenade, village green, restaurants, upscale boutiques, Great Dunes Park and the 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center. Guests will enjoy exploring the area’s top nearby attractions including, numerous golf courses, 10 miles of barrier island beaches, historic district, Water Park, bike paths and outdoor natural recreation such as marsh eco-tours, horseback riding, dolphin watching, and kayaking. Whatever your passion, find it on Jekyll.
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