Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival Celebrates Local Chefs

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Entering its 26th year, the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival has grown from a small wine tasting into one of the largest outdoor wine and food festivals in the eastern United States. During the five day festival, twenty-five chefs, including four of the top chefs from The Lowrey Group’s award-winning restaurants, will be hosting gourmet food and wine tastings that feature a variety of culinary themes, along with the “Great Chefs of the South” private dinners planned for each evening during the festival.

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"Simple, local, quality produce, meats, and seafood prepared in a style that stirs past emotions and memories, and creates them for the future,” says Antonio's Executive Chef, Yuri Gow.

Entering its 26th year, the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival has grown from a small wine tasting to one of the largest outdoor food and wine festivals in the eastern United States. During the five day festival, twenty-five chefs, including four of the top chefs from The Lowrey Group’s award-winning restaurants, will be hosting gourmet food and wine tastings that feature a variety of culinary themes, along with the “Great Chefs of the South” private dinners planned for each evening during the festival.

Winner of Bon Appetit’s “Seal of Approval” for 2011, the Hilton Head Island Food & Wine Festival will showcase a wide variety of featured wines and provides participants with a unique opportunity to educate themselves about the different wines at the festival, along with numerous tastings and opportunities to purchase premium wines in an intimate setting.

On Friday evening, the Sea Pines Conference Center in Harbour Town will host the Grand Wine Tasting & Auction, followed by the King Estate Winery private dinner at 8:00pm at CQ’s Restaurant, adjacent to Harbour Town. The “WineFest” public tasting, planned for Saturday, March 12th, will feature over 400 wines, along with chef demonstrations that feature local, sustainable foods.

Three of The Lowrey Group’s award-winning chefs will prepare unique dishes that are specifically matched to featured wine labels from the festival. Antonio’s, a five-year recipient of AAA’s Four-Diamond dining award, will host Pellegrini Vineyards on Wednesday, March 9th, with Yuri Gow, the restaurant’s Executive Chef, serving “simple, local, quality produce, meats, and seafood prepared in a style that stirs past emotions and memories, and creates them for the future.”

Fellow AAA, Four-Diamond award recipient and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, Old Fort Pub, will host Artisan Vineyards on Thursday, March 10th, with Executive Chef Keith Josefiak, serving guests an unforgettable gourmet experience. Another favorite Lowrey Group restaurant, CQ’s Restaurant, will host King Estate Winery on Friday March 11th, with Executive Chef Eric Sayers serving a memorable evening of cuisine that effectively combines “complexity, simplicity, organization, compassion, honesty, learning and growth.”

For more information, please visit the Hilton Head Island Food & Wine Festival’s website, or contact the Lowrey Group directly at 843.342.9190.

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