The fun three-day event features tantalizing wines, live entertainment, a pinch of Southern flair and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.
This festival raises raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Alabama—an organization devoted to granting wishes to Alabama children with life-threatening medical conditions. The 2016 Wharf Uncorked Event raised $15,251 for Make-A-Wish® Alabama through generous donations, live and silent auctions, and the Chef Table Raffle.
The Wharf Uncorked featured demos from renowned chefs, cuisine and wine tasting tents, live and silent auctions, and wine auctions and sales.
There will be 150+ wine labels on hand, and guests will be able to sample and purchase fine wines from vineyards ranging from local to domestic and imported.
Chefs will be on hand for cooking demonstrations, food tastings, cookbook signings and cooking competitions.
Tickets may be purchased to customize the guest experience.
Thursday, Sept. 14
VIP Kickoff + Chef Showdown
The weekend will begin on Main Street from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a roster of high profile guests, an open bar with a signature cocktail, an auction preview and of course, high-end wine tastings and food samplings. Guests will see Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort face off against two local chefs in a battle to defend his title at the Chef Showdown. Early bird tickets are $30. Regular ticket pricing begins July 7 at $35 and last minute pricing is $40 starting Sept. 1.
Friday, Sept 15
Local Wine Dinners
The Wharf offers a wide variety of fare from more than 10 restaurants on property. Several of these chefs along with others along the Gulf Coast will curate dinner menus and signature wine pairings for the Local Wine Dinners. Guests can make a reservation directly through the restaurant of their choice.
Saturday, Sept 16
All festival activities lead up to the Grand Tasting that will take place from noon-4 p.m. Main Street and Wharf Parkway will be lined with vendors offering samples of food and wine. Guests will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite, and the night will close with a ceremony of awards. This year, the champion of The Wharf Uncorked will be an automatic Elite Qualifier for the World Food Championships in November back at The Wharf.
When not sipping on wine or enjoying all the fun associated with the wine event, make time to play at the Wharf. And bring the whole family.
There are concerts at the 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater held throughout the spring and summer, miniature golf, a brand new zip line course, the largest Ferris wheel east of the Mississippi River, a movie theater, plenty of dining and boutique-style shopping, and more.
Bring a few friends and stay right in the middle of the fun at The Wharf condos. Or, to stay nearby, reserve a two-bedroom beach condo in Orange Beach.