Since its debut in November 2013, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival has evolved and expanded each year, more than living up to a reputation as one of the South's premier culinary happenings. It grew out of the popular annual dining event known as Taste of Savannah—which has showcased the city's best restaurants for 15 years—and that prior 3-hour dining experience is the signature event for the festival, which is a week-long epicurean extravaganza that's not to be missed.

So, gourmands take note. Here's a schedule of events for this year's festival which takes place November 9-15. Click on the event name for info on pricing and ticket availability.


World's Largest Lowcountry Boil

November 7, 2015

4:30-7:00pm

Hutchinson Island, Riverfront Esplanade

This is the first year for this pre-festival event and organizers are hoping to set a world record for the World's Largest Lowcountry Boil. It will be a family-friendly party with music, a riverside view, and heaping plates of shrimp, corn, potatoes, Vidalia onions, and sausage all seasoned up Georgia style. Libations include Coca-Cola products and grown-up beverages available at the cash bar.

Master Class Series at the Mansion

November 9-13, 2015

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The Mansion on Forsyth Park

The Master Class Series is your chance to pick up tips and techniques from the pros and learn a little bit more about these celebrity chefs and wine, beer and spirits experts. The series offers interactive cooking classes/demonstrations and beverage learning experiences. The setting is The Mansion on Forsyth Park, an iconic hotel housed in a Victorian Romanesque mansion originally built in 1888.

Georgia Grown Trustees Wine Challenge Dinner

November 9, 2015

6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

The Wine Challenge Dinner is a first-time event and it's all about Georgia. The best of Georgia wines will be awarded and the event is also being billed as a "Five-Course ultimate Peach State dining experience." The foods and products used are grown/made right here in the state. As a guest, you get to tantalize your taste buds with award-worthy wines and foods that make you say "yum." You also get to meet the chefs and winemakers, and you can look forward to dining with the latter.

Celebrity Chef Tour

November 11, 2015

6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner

The Mansion on Forsyth Park

Here's an event for the foodie who relishes creating an interactive multi-course dining experience with world-famous winemakers and award-winning chefs. We're talking James Beard Foundation recognized chefs, no less—an organization whose awards are known as the Oscars of the food world. This unique dinner also brings them together with some of Savannah's leading chefs, and between the culinary camaraderie and the menu, a once-in-a-lifetime experience is a given.

Grand Reserve Tasting

November12, 2015

5:30pm-7:30pm

The Westin Savannah Harbor

This event is a hot ticket—it sells out each year. And if the best of the best floats your boat, this is the tasting event for you. It's the main event for connoisseurs and collectors and it showcases some of the world's finest wines, each at 90+ points (that's outstanding-plus in wine speak). Outstanding is also a descriptor for the venue's view—an evening vista of Savannah's skyline across the harbor.

Secret Savannah Speakeasy

November 12, 2015

8:00pm-11:00pm

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Reminiscent of prohibition heydays, only those who have the "Golden Ticket" will be privy to the hidden location of the Speakeasy. This re-creation of a secret, underground social club is replete with music and entertainment, small-plate tastings of Savannah's best eats, and cocktails and craft brews aplenty. Flapper dresses, Fedoras, Great Gatsby style suits, and the like are welcomed. Those dressed in prohibition-era attire can compete for a weekend package for two to the 2016 festival.

River Street Stroll

November 13, 2015

5:30pm-7:30pm

Rousakis Plaza, River Street

For a casual, intimate tasting experience, saunter down Savannah's historic cobblestoned River Street past the impressive lineup of tent-topped tables set up for the River Street Stroll and sample your way through hundreds of wine, spirits and beer offerings from around the world. If you haven't gotten your ticket already, don't delay – this event an annual sell-out.

Artisanal Supper at The Landings

November 13, 2015

7:00pm-10:00pm

Plantation Club at The Landings

An exclusive, limited-ticket event, this scenic supper is a bountiful celebration on the green at the prestigious Plantation Clubhouse (at The Landings on paradise-like Skidaway Island). Expect to get your fill of artisan specialties served up at indoor and outdoor culinary stations; to amply sample wine, spirits and Stella Artois beverages (their Airstream will be pouring onsite); and to get up close and personal with the regionally and nationally recognized culinary talents behind this event.

Board of Director's VIP Lounge

November 14, 2015

12:00pm-5:00pm

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Get the VIP treatment with a ticket for the Board of Director's Lounge at Taste of Savannah. There are a limited number of tickets and they come with early-entry privileges to the tasting tents, access to private indoor and outdoor areas and a catered gourmet experience with its own bars. VIP tickets also offer access to private-lot parking and meet and greet sessions with chefs and winemakers.

Taste of Savannah

November 14, 2015

1:00pm-5:00pm

Georgia State Railroad Museum

It's the Savannah Food and Wine Festival's signature event—a tradition for lots of locals, a draw for thousands of others, and an event that's so well liked that at times the crowd is shoulder-to-shoulder for sampling Savannah's best fare. This year the Taste of Savannah has a new location, the Georgia State Railroad Museum. So you can soak in history while imbibing wine and Belgium beers. And in addition to countless culinary delights available for purchase (you get five FREE food tokens to get you going), you get unlimited access to varied cooking demos and learning experiences.

Rising Star Chef Dinner

November 14, 2015

7:30pm

Smith Brothers Butcher Shop

Six of Georgia's rising star chefs will pool their collective talents for a pop-up dinner at Smith Brothers Butcher Shop, one of Savannah's newest culinary destinations. The dinner will have five courses that include some of folks' favorite comfort foods, all paired with beer, wine and cocktails. There's also mingle time with the chefs beforehand over hors d'oeuvres.

Jazz and Bubbles Brunch

November 15, 2015

12:00pm-3:00pm

Seating times: 12:00; 12:30; 1:30 & 2:00

The Westin Savannah Harbor

The Grand Finale for Savannah Food and Wine Festival is a brunch that promises to be a spectacular conclusion to an exciting week. Champagne, cocktails and smooth jazz complement the menu that has world-class main offerings and chef's a la minute (prepared to order) cooking that ranges from omelets and Lowcountry grits to "farm and field" salad creations to culinary art desserts, and more.

All and all, the 2015 Savannah Food and Wine Festival has all the makings of a spectacular food and drink celebration, and one that is—as always—imbued with Southern charm and warm hospitality, and set against a backdrop of sublime scenery. Have a great time!

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