Our Top 3 Can’t Miss W3 Events
Pour yourself a glass of whiskey and sit down for this news: we’re only one week away from the big event! Between the preparations, scheduling and food/beverage sampling—someone’s gotta do it—we don’t know where all the time went. What we do know? This year’s festival lineup is one for the books, and we’re hoping you can join us all weekend long. But in case you can’t, we’ve pulled together a list of 3 can’t miss events.
Friday, February 9, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf
Tickets: $50 per person
Always one of our most popular events, spend the Friday afternoon out on the water with Captain Phillip. This tour will capture a magical, serene side of Jekyll Island you can’t experience on land. While listening to Captain Phillip’s inside info as a local and bright storyteller, sip on a variety of refreshing and dynamic wines. And alongside the wine tastings, light food preparations will be served. Get your sea legs ready; this afternoon wine cruise is calling your name.
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: The Westin Jekyll Island- Hotel Takeover and Oceanfront Lawn
Tickets: $90 per person
Wine Pull: $25 per cork or $40 for two
Whiskey Pull: $30 per cork or $50 for two
Whiskey is the star of the show at Friday night’s evening celebration. Make the rounds at whiskey-inspired tastings, cocktails, and treats ranging from savory to sweet crafted by some of the South’s most prestigious celebrity chefs and superstars. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the wine or whiskey pull: pick from a range of numbered corks to collect your bottle of wine or whiskey ranging from $15 – $100 in value. You can also participate in the live auction with 6-8 luxury items, benefitting the Jekyll Island Foundation’s mission for conservation. But be on the alert! Bidding begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: The Westin on Jekyll Island Beach Village Green
Tickets: $70 per person
VIP Tickets: $140 per person
The weekend’s main event will fill your afternoon with tons of tastings, demonstrations, and activities all centered around our three favorite ‘w’s. With upbeat live music creating the perfect island vibe, make your way through delightful culinary creations like our famous BBQ Alley, where last year welcomed popular eateries like B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, and Southern Soul Barbeque. With some of the South’s most notorious pitmasters behind the grill, dig into juicy, tender, and flavorful barbecue that will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds, if you’re like us!). Multiple stages will present cooking demos, cookbook signings, and interactive wildlife demos for a one-of-a-kind experience.
And that’s not even a whole list of the afternoon’s events. There will also be a silent auction benefitting the Jekyll Island Foundation, a cocktail challenge by Woodford Reserve, and informative beverage panels and tastings.
Make the main event even more special with a pair of VIP tickets to gain access to the VIP Lounge. Located on the Westin’s rooftop and The Reserve Restaurant, the lounge will provide a private bar, catered food, and a relaxing space to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the festival’s full swing.
W3 is a gourmand’s dream, make it a reality by joining us for a full weekend of stunning nature, decadent whiskey and wine, and tons of culinary creations. For a complete schedule, visit our event page.