Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife (W3) is a culinary weekend unlike any other, with some of the world's finest beverages, the South's best chefs and a taste of the Golden Isles' unique coastal flavors and heritage. Mix, shake and stir the main event, W3, with an island showcase of its native flora, fauna and wildlife and you have a one-of-a-kind event—all oceanfront on the majestic Atlantic. The researchers from the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center will present interactive wildlife demonstrations throughout the weekend, from sea turtles and alligators to unique island birds.
Jekyll Island’s exquisite natural beauty has long drawn guests to its barrier shores. From the millionaires of America’s golden age and their vibrant history with the Jekyll Island Club, to today’s newly revitalized Beach Village with shopping, dining and beach promenade, that also includes The Westin Jekyll Island.
Follow @Jacksonvillemag on Instagram for your chance to win VIP tickets for two to all of the W3 events on Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24. Plus, we're giving away a two-night stay at The Westin Jekyll Island to be used at another time during the year.
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.
Jacksonville Magazine will have a stage set up at the event on Saturday, April 23, with demonstrations and tastings available for event attendees. The tentative schedule is as follows:
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
Other Saturday events:
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
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.
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).