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Whiskey Wine and Wildlife: Early Bird Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the very popular culinary destination weekend festival, Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, which takes place in Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, FL, November 7- 10, 2024.

Extra Early Bird Tickets are now available for sale for the festival’s signature events – with savings of up to 30% for the festival’s Grand Tasting on Saturday, November 9, 2024.
 
NEW OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL/FESTIVAL LOCATION:
The festival will have a new home this year at the Official Host Hotel, Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, at 117 Vilano Road, with all signature events taking place throughout the hotel, indoors and outdoors, and along Loja Street, adjacent to the hotel. According to festival organizers, “The Hyatt Place in Vilano Beach is a beautiful venue and will provide guests with the convenience of having one location for the weekend’s events – and enjoy an elevator ride to and from everything.”

Hyatt Place Vilano Beach, Florida


 
The weekend’s events will raise funds and awareness for programs for the festival Official Charity Partner, Vilano Beach Main Street, with 100% of the proceeds from the Silent Auction on Saturday, November 9, designated for Vilano Beach Main Street. Both Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife and its sister festival, St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival have donated over $75,000 to Vilano Beach Main Street for community improvements.
 
The GTM Research Reserve is also a charity partner, with 100% of the proceeds from the GTM Guided Tours/Wine & Cheese Reception event donated to the Friends of the GTM Research Reserve.
 
The festival has schedule to date:
Thursday, November 7
Pesca by Michael’s W3 Wine Dinner, Cocktail Reception, 6:00 – 6:30 pm; Dinner at 7:00 pm. Location: Pesca by Michael’s inside the Hyatt Place, 117 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Tickets: $225 per person, $179 per person Extra Early Bird, limited seating available.
The perfect way to kick-off Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife with an elegant 4-course, wine paired dinner by Executive Chef Michael Lugo and the VIVA Hospitality team. The Cocktail Reception, open bar will include official festival wine, beer and spirits. 
 
Friday, November 8
W3 Master Classes
Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach
4 Classes – 10:30 am – 4:00 pm *Class schedule and location to be announced soon.
Tickets: $79 per person, per class, $59 Extra Early Bird per person
Master Class Pass discount package pricing for $199 per person for All 4 Classes!
 
These interactive and intimate learning experiences showcase local and celebrity guest chefs, cookbook authors and beverage experts. Each class includes tasting bites with a paired wine, beer, or signature cocktail. *Master Class schedule announced soon; limited tickets available to only 60 people per class.
Class 1: 10:30 am – 11:30 am; Class 2: 12:00 – 1:00 pm; Class 3: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm; Class 4: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Friday, November 8
Vilano A1A Soirée, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm,
Tickets: $109 per person, $89 per person Extra Early Bird, limited tickets available
A Hyatt Place hotel takeover tasting event, with gourmet bites, indoors and outdoors! Guests receive a souvenir glass for unlimited beer, wine and spirits tastings. Sample some of northeast Florida’s best restaurants, live music and more – all with a laid-back oceanfront Vilano Beach vibe.
 
Saturday, November 9
Guided Tour through the GTM Resarch Reserve/Wine & Cheese Paired Reception
Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) Research Reserve, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
505 Guana River Rd #6527, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Tickets: $59 per person; $39 per person – Extra Early Bird discount pricing
*Limited tickets available
Enjoy exploring the great coastal outdoors and the natural beauty of the GTM Research Reserve with a private guided tour. The tour concludes with tasting some fantastic wines, paired with specialty cheeses. Teeming with life, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is a dynamic, ever-changing place with many interconnected habitats from the ocean to the forests. One of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country, this landscape protects and provides for a great diversity of plants and animals. Guests will get to experience wildlife (and wine) up close!
 
Saturday, November 9
W3 Grand Tasting – Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm,
Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, 117 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Tickets: $129.00 per person, $99 per person Extra Early Bird, limited tickets available.
The main event combines all three of the W’s and much more for the perfect Vilano Beach afternoon. Enjoy culinary delights from up and down the A1A Corridor – some of northeast Florida’s best! Guests will enjoy hundreds of unlimited varieties of beverage tastings (spirits, wines and beers) with a souvenir glass and live music. It’s a full afternoon of live music, celebrity guest chefs on the Cooking Demonstration Stage and the GTM Reserve Stage with wildlife demonstrations and more. Tickets are ALL-INCLUSIVE with food and drink tastings included.
 
BEST TASTE AWARDS & PEOPLE’S CHOICE Awards, presented by Jacksonville Magazine. W3 attendees will vote for their favorite bites and sips during the event on Saturday. One People’s Choice Medal Award Winner in seven categories, including beverage tastings will be announced on the Music at 4:15 pm.
 
The Vilano Beach Main Street Silent Auction will feature steals on some great items, including art, travel, and food and drink packages, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Vilano Beach Main Street.
 
Sunday, November 10
W3 Sunday Jazz Brunch
Location: Pesca by Michael’s Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach
117 Vilano Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Tickets: $119 per person, $99 per person Early Bird, limited tickets available. Family friendly event, 3- 12 years old, $39.
The grand finale brunch at Pesca by Michael’s will be a great way to end the weekend – an all-inclusive culinary and drink ticket for a fantastic Brunch Buffet with gourmet stations for breakfast and lunch lovers alike. The festival’s only family-friendly event provides families a delicious way to end the weekend! Beverage tasting stations will include sparkling wine, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, spirts, wine and beers. Guests can continue to enjoy beverage tasting stations after their Brunch!
NOTE: Brunch seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Groups of 6+ should make advance reservations to ensure same table seating. 

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