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Highlands Food & Wine Festival adds tasting events to enhance weekend festivities

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Highlands Festivals, Inc., the organization that produces the Highlands Food & Wine Festival, announced today the addition of special tasting events to lineup for the weekend-long event set to be held Nov. 10-13, 2022. The new events include a “Tour de France” wine tasting with Vineyard Brands, “Supper & Song” dinner and fireside set, and “In Good Taste” sustainable business choices discussion with experts from Tarpon Cellars, Oysters Carolina and Highlander Mountain House.

The new events include:

Tour de France – Friday, Nov. 11, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Skyline Lodge

Enjoy cycling through five French vineyards from the high Alps to the Riviera and everywhere in between. Approach the “finish line” Skyline Lodge-style while enjoying their beautiful grounds and light hearted approach to The Plateau life.

Supper & Song – Friday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., Highlander Mountain House

Join us in the cozy Ruffed Grouse Tavern as award-winning Top Chefs Katsuji Tanabe and Annie Pettry collaborate to bring you an exquisite culinary experience alongside Tarpon Cellars wines. Following the meal, music festival artist Lilly Hiatt will serenade you with a fireside set.

In Good Taste – Saturday, Nov. 12, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Highlander Mountain House

Sustainability isn’t just a hype word, it’s a lifestyle choice. Drink and sip with JeremyCarter of Tarpon Cellars, Ryan Bethesda of Oysters Carolina, and Jason Reeves of Highlander Mountain House & Highlander Outpost as they discuss sustainable business choices and how they work for the consumer.

This year’s festival also includes the popular Grand Tasting, Truckin’, Main Event, and Sunday Shindig events, as well as the return of the Generous Pour fundraiser. The four-day-long festival features world-class food from renowned local and regional chefs from across the Southeast for exquisite culinary experiences capped with live music from today’s top artists.

From classic rock-and-roll to funk, folk, country and soul tunes, the musical headliners for the 6th Annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival offer something for everyone, with performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Durand Jones & The Indications, The California Honeydrops, Lilly Hiatt, Molly Tuttle and more. For more information, visit

Local wine dinners

In addition, the following wine dinners and specialty events are hosted by local restaurants and retailers located on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau during the festival weekend. Please contact the presenting partner directly or visit for information about reservations and tickets:

Autumn Vendange Harvest Lunch – Friday, Nov. 11, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Highlands Wine Shoppe

Gather at the Highlands Wine Shoppe to celebrate the wine harvest and enjoy a delicious communal meal featuring classic French dishes with seasonally-inspired wines.

Far Niente Family of Wines Dinner – Friday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Oak Steakhouse

Chefs Matt Weinstein of Oak Steakhouse Highlands and Scott Kroener of Oak Steakhouse Nashville collaborate to complement the much-lauded Far Niente family of wines (including the beloved Nickel and Nickel) with four courses of classic steakhouse fare. Hosted in Skyline Lodge’s mountain view private dining room, the dinner will uncork the celebrated California wines with three savory courses and a dessert. Those unfamiliar with Far Niente’s dessert wine will have the chance to experience what is commonly referred to as the “liquid gold” as their finale to the evening. Kim Unterreiner of Far Niente Family of Wines will join the culinary team for this experiential, educational, delicious dinner.

A Tour of the Rhone Valley – Friday, Nov. 11, (Time TBD), The Vineyard at 37 High Holly

Featuring the award winning wines of Ferraton Peres & Fils Vineyards paired with classic French cuisine from Chef Tim Lundy. Enjoy stunning cheeses, escargot, foie gras, duck breast and bouillabaisse with wines from Cornas, Chateauneuf du Pape, and Saint Joseph, to name a few.

Champagne 101 Class – Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Highlands Wine Shoppe

Learn, sip and swill your way through France’s Champagne region.

Argyle Wine Dinner – Friday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m., On the Verandah

A marvelous six-course event, with dishes selected by Chefs Andrew, Jerri, and Brandi to perfectly match selections from Argyle Winery.

Bourbon Dinner featuring Chef Adam Bresnahan – Saturday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Chef Adam Bresnahan and his team have come together once again to present you with a fun evening filled with delicious food and equally tasty bourbon pairings. Presented by 4118 Kitchen + Bar.

Farm Harvest Dinner & Barn Dance – Friday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. The Farm at Old Edwards

Get ready for a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture. Your senses will come alive with sights, sounds, smells and flavors of farm-fresh creations being prepared live. Meet the farmers and feast on their bounty. Event is for guests 21 and older.


Location Changes

Some event locations have changed for the 2022 Food & Wine Festival. Event locations are as follows:

Grand TastingThursday, Nov. 10, 7-10 p.m.Corner of 2nd Street & Spring Street

Truckin’Friday, Nov. 11, 12-3:30 p.m.Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park

A Generous PourFriday, Nov. 11, 8-10 p.m.Corner of 2nd Street & Spring Street

Main EventSaturday, Nov. 12, 12-3:30 p.m.Main Street

Sunday ShindigSunday, Nov. 13, 12-3:00 p.m.Corner of 2nd Street & Spring Street

Highlands Food & Wine Festival is proudly presented by Highlands Festivals, Inc. and presenting festival sponsors, Visit Highlands, NC, Old Edwards Inn & Spa and ASF Logistics. Presenting event sponsors include: Allen Tate Realtors / Pat Allen Realty Group, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Meadows Mountain Realty, Northern Trust, Highlands Vacation Rentals and Tarpon Cellars.

About Highlands Food & Wine

Highlands Food & Wine hosts the Highlands Food & Wine Festival, traditionally an annual, four-day event staged at multiple venues throughout Highlands, N.C. The Festival is dedicated to the celebration of food, wine, music and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 2022 festival is scheduled for November 10-13. Ticket, lineup and event information can be found at

About Highlands Festivals, inc.

Highlands Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit organization that owns the annual Highlands Food & Wine and Bear Shadow festivals in Highlands, NC. The organization is dedicated to promoting Highlands, NC, as a world-class culinary, retail, shopping and outdoor lifestyle destination.

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