Whiskey Wine & Wildlife brings together all those that make the Golden Isles special, together in one place at one time. Experience these "masters" of their field, from the amazing culinary talents to the experts of the beverage world. As we work towards finalizing our talent for the 2017 festival, check out this talented group of individuals that made our inaugural event one of the most talked about new events of 2016, many of whom are returning again this February.


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David Carrier

Holly Chute

Rosemarie Escudero

Certified Burgers and Beverage St. Simons Island, Georgia

Executive Chef, Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development

Chef, Beach House Restaurant & Tap Room

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Ron Eyester

Bryan Furman

Kenny Gilbert

Southern Bistro

Atlanta, Georgia

B's Cracklin' Barbeque

Savannah, Georgia

Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Gilbert's Social

Jacksonville, Florida

Raj Gupta

Orchid Paulmeier

Matthew Raiford

Executive Chef, Westin Nova Scotian

Halifax, Nova Scotia

One Hot Mama’s, The Lodge

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The Farmeer & The Larder, Gilliard Farms,

Brunswick, Georgia

Ülfet Ralph

Matthew Roher

Jeff Russell

Executive Chef

Little St. Simons Island

Resort Executive Chef, Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Executive Chef

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Harrison Sapp, John Helfrich & Griffin Bufkin

Skip Worden

Southern Soul Barbeque

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Executive Chef, Westin Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Whiskey, Spirits, Wine, Beer & OTHER

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Jessie Blanco

Mark Coffman

Eric Crane

Host & Executive Producer

Eat It and Like It

Brewer & Master Distiller

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co,

Advanced Sommelier

Empire Distributors

Michael McNeill

Dave Raad

Robert (Farmer) Redmond

Master Sommelier

The Winebow Group


Six & Twenty Distillery


Six & Twenty Distillery

Kevin Ryan

Erik Vonk


Service Brewing


Richland Distilling Company

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Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife is a culinary destination weekend and collaboration between the Westin Jekyll Island, the Jekyll Island Authority and the AdFish Group.  The weekend's events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with a mission of conservation, education and historic preservation efforts on Jekyll Island.

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