THE MASTERS ARE COMING TO JEKYLL ISLAND – MASTER SOMMELIER, MASTER DISTILLERS, MASTER CHEFS AND PITMASTERS – FINAL SCHEDULES & TALENT ANNOUNCED
JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (April 6, 2016) – Jekyll Island will be soon showcasing an esteemed group of masters from all walks of life April 22 – 24, 2016 – from master distillers, master chefs, master wildlife researchers and famous pitmasters, to Georgia’s only Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill. The inaugural event features an impressive list of talent including: Ron Eyester and Kenny Gilbert, from Bravo’s “Top Chef”, Laura Lyn Carter, GPB TV host, five master distillers and some of the Golden Isles’ best culinary, including Southern Soul Barbecue, Halyards, The Farmer & The Larder, Sea Island Resorts, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, The Westin Jekyll Island and a group of renowned southern chefs from Atlanta, Savannah, Jacksonville and Charleston, http://www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com/talent.html
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.
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, Basam Odish, Premium Whiskey Manager for Brown Forman, and Sage Alexander, Premium Whiskey Manager for Savannah – Emcee: Diane Rousakis, United Distributors
4 – 4:45 pm – “White Asparagus & Wines”, Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, The Winebow Group
5 – 5:45 pm – “A Showcase of Master Southern Distillers” with Six & Twenty Distillery, Piedmont, SC; High Wire Distilling, Co., Charleston, SC; Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., Lexington, KY; Savannah Bourbon, Savannah, GA; Richland Rum, Richland, GA – Emcee: Diane Rousakis, United Distributors
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 live music, from local trio, 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.
$85 per person, 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 chef cooking demonstrations, cookbook author signings, wildlife demonstrations and great beverage panel discussions/tastings will take place on several stages:
WJXT Channel 4, Village Green Entertainment Main Stage
1 – 4 pm: Briteside Band, Jacksonville, FL
Atlanta Magazine Stage
1:30: “A Taste of Spring with Georgia Grown”, Holly Chute, Georgia Grown & Lara Lyn Carter, Thyme for Sharing – Stage emcee: Tom Neville, Georgia Grown
2:30: “Smokin’ Hot South”, Daniel Doyle, Poogan’s Porch & Poogan’s Smokehouse, Chaleston, SC; Andreas Muller, Revival, Decatur, GA; Griffin Bufkin, Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, GA; Ron Eyester, Diner, Atlanta, GA and Rodney Scott, Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, SC– Stage emcee: Jesse Blanco, Eat It and Like It
3:30: Blue Point Toasted Lager Tasting, Blue Point Brewing Company and Southern Eagle Taste Masters
Jacksonville Magazine Stage
1:45: Chef Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Jacksonville, FL – Stage emcee: Amy Robertson, Jacksonville Magazine
2:45: “Taste with the Southern Makers” with Six & Twenty Distillery, Piedmont, SC; High Wire Distilling, Co., Charleston, SC; Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., Lexington, KY; Savannah Bourbon, Savannah, GA; Richland Rum, Richland, GA – Stage emcee: Amy Robertson, Jacksonville Magazine
3:45: Chef Matthew Medure, M Hospitality and Restaurant Group, Jacksonville FL – Stage emcee: Amy Robertson, Jacksonville Magazine
Jekyll Island Foundation Stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing
1:00: Gatorology 101 – Rick Bauer, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
2:00: Georgia Sea Turtles – Meghan Davies, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
2:45: Protect Your Predators – Kimberly Andrews, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
3:30: Totally Terrapins – Lauryn Gilmer and Helenna Harty, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” presented by Springer Mountain Farms & Blue Point Brewing Company – 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, Daniel Doyle, Poogan’s Porch & Poogan’s Smokehouse, Charleston, SC; Ron Eyester, Diner, Atlanta, GA; Andreas Muller, Revival, Decatur, GA and David Carrier, Certified Burgers & Beverage, St. Simons, GA.
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.
$65 per person, ticket price includes souvenir glass, culinary and beverage tastings.
VIP Lounge, Westin Rooftop presented by The Cottages at Jekyll Island: $125 per person, 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.
$59 per person, includes souvenir glass
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASS – BEST SAVINGS! Special, All Access Pass Advance Discount – $365 per person (includes Friday “W3 Master Class Pours”, Friday, “Whiskey Inspired”, Saturday, VIP Westin Rooftop Ticket, for “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3” and W3 Sunday Brunch).
Whiskey, Wine & 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.