Hilton Head Island is a beautiful barrier island along the coast of South Carolina. Considered a little slice of beachside heaven, the island is best known for its outdoor activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, championship golf courses, and outstanding cuisine. Because of its ideal location right on the shore, Hilton Head offers some of the best seafood this side of the Mason Dixon. Any foodies that are interested in visiting the area should try to plan a trip around the much-anticipated annual event, the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival. You’ll have the opportunity to taste the region’s cuisine prepared by top chefs at a variety of different events and tastings.
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What to Expect at the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival
With events taking place all week long, it can be tough to decide which ones to attend. For seven days in March, chefs will take over the Hilton Head area hosting food-related events including a number of different tastings. The Grand Tasting will be held at the Harbour Town Clubhouse this year. Considered one of the festival’s most exclusive events, this particular tasting features award-winning wines and a number of delicious food samplings. The location can’t be beat with gorgeous views of the water and Harbour Town lighthouse. Wine aficionados will definitely want to make it to the Public Tasting, which features more than 250 wines and watch as top chefs face on during the Sysco Outdoor Gourmet Challenge.
In addition to the tastings, the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival also hosts a number of special events that you can buy tickets to attend. Sip and Stroll offers attendees the chance to walk the Harbour Town Yacht Basin while enjoying the beautiful weather and sipping on some vino. Beachside Brunch & Bubbles is held on the last day of the festival and invites people to experience the Sea Pine Beach Club’s brunch menu paired with fun brunch drinks like mimosas and Bloody Marys.
To elevate your experience at the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, you can opt to upgrade your ticket to the Public Tasting and enjoy the VIP lounge area. Hang out on the top level of the Harbour Town Clubhouse and get exclusive access to world-class wines and a spread of light hors d’oeuvres. Then, indulge in all the other great activities taking place during the day’s event.
When coming to the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival, you’ll need to find a convenient and comfortable place to stay. To make it even easier to get to all the festivities, consider booking one of our Beach Properties of Hilton Head vacation rentals. With beautiful homes all across the island, our company guarantees you’ll have the vacation of a lifetime. Each property has access to either a private or community pool, and you’ll receive a discount at dozens of local restaurants and shops with our Advantage Discount Card given to our guests.
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