Top 5 Things to Love About Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife
We’re officially one week away from our annual Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife festival, and as we’re finalizing our event schedule, we can’t contain our excitement! With everything from a wine cruise and master class pouring to a whiskey-themed evening and a filling Sunday brunch: there’s truly an event for everyone. What’s more, with Jekyll Island as our host, there are countless opportunities to learn about and interact with the wildlife that call this stunning island home. And as tickets are flying and events are selling out, we thought we’d share with you the five things we love most about this culinary weekend with nature to convince you to grab those tickets before they’re gone .
1. Our First Two W’s
At a weekend that brings the best of the wine and whiskey world together, it’s hard not to love these two dynamic, expansive pours. At events like our Launch Party and the W3 Master Class Pours series, you can taste a selection of wines that are handpicked and explained by expert sommelier, Michael McNeill. And save your whiskey loving for evenings like Whiskey Inspired, where classic cocktails and whiskey-themed bites will be served, or an afternoon at a whiskey-focused tasting at W3 Master Class Pours.
2. Delicious Culinary Creations
While it may not be in our name, our weekend has no shortage of incredible culinary opportunities. Whether you’re a foodie who prefers to make the rounds at the restaurant booths, or an up-and-coming chef looking to expand your knowledge and skill, you’ll find it throughout our island weekend. Our headlining event, Whiskey Wine & Wildlife, is your ideal stop with tasty bites—including a mouthwatering BBQ alley—and cooking demonstrations. And the W3 Sunday Brunch is the perfect, laid-back island way to wrap up an exciting, food-filling weekend with your brunch go-tos, live music, and drinks.
3. The Wildlife
What sets this event apart from any other, and one of our favorite aspects of this weekend, is the opportunity to see wildlife up and close. Nature and animal lovers will want to take full advantage of the wildlife demonstrations held at our main Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife afternoon to learn and interact with Jekyll Island’s beautiful animals and habitats. This is their land first, and we’ll always be sitting front-row at the chance to learn a thing or two from them and reconnect with nature.
4. A Team of Chef and Beverage Masters
Wow—what a lineup! We would be nothing without the incredible experts that bring their professional knowledge and skill to our culinary celebration. James Beard Award chefs, Westin chefs, restaurateurs, and regional heroes alike will serve up their finest masterpieces all weekend long at events like W3 Launch Party, Whiskey Inspired, and the main event. And pros such as Georgia’s master sommelier Michael McNeill, craft brew Savannahian Kevin Ryan, and the whiskey empire of the Brown Forman Family will pour their most refined whiskeys and wines at our Master Class Pours and Whiskey Inspired.
5. The Island Getaway of Jekyll Island
Our hostess with the mostess, The Westin at Jekyll Island, provides the ideal island escape into Jekyll Island’s beauty. With biking and walking trails, educational outposts and exhibits, and serene oceanfront views, the island is your chance to disconnect from phones and spend time with family and friends over the best of the whiskey, wine and culinary worlds. And as you’re going for seconds, you’ll be benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation, who’s mission is to assist with the conservation, education, and preservation of the island.