Tourism Leadership Council Announces Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival

The Tourism Leadership Council (TLC) has announced that from November 11 to 17, the city of Savannah will play host to the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. The event is being eyed to benefit not just TLC’s members, but the entire community.

The overall concept of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival is to put Savannah on the map as a serious culinary destination. The festival details and information are currently being finalized, with completes details slated to be launched on June 10. Tickets will go on sale on July 1.

There will be several pre-festival events taking place in the months leading up to the festival, which will include wine dinners with local media celebrity amateur chefs competing against local professional chefs and competing sommeliers, the “Savannah’s Chef & Somm Smackdowns”.

There are some Savannah Food & Wine Festival events already planned.


From November 11 to 17, the festival will kick-off with “Savannah’s Connoisseur Wine Dinners”. It will include week-long wine pairings, luncheons, educational wine and cheese tastings, and cooking classes.

Slated on November 13 is “Celebrity Chef Tour”, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. It will consist of a and dinner menu prepared by host executive chef Geir Killen and the James Beard Foundation.

On November 14, “The Grand Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction” will host guest winemakers including Rob Mondavi, Jr.

On November 15, slated is “River Street Wine Stroll”, a casual evening and street party with wine vendor tastings, gourmet bites from many River Street restaurants available for sale, street music and shopping, with controlled access and ticketing.

On November 16, being eyed are “Taste of Savannah” at Ellis Square; and “Michael Mondavi Family Estate Dinner” at The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa.

Meanwhile, on November 17, scheduled is “Jazz & Bubbles Brunch” at The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa. The event will include a souvenir Champagne glass, brunch buffet, Champagne and sparkling wine samples.