Come To The Beach For The 2017 Wharf Uncorked Food + Wine Festival

The 2017 edition of the Wharf Uncorked Food + Wine Festival will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach Sept. 14-16.

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
Grand Tasting
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.

Orange Beach Waves of Wine Festival

As you might expect from an event named “Waves of Wine,” a wonderful array of wines will be available for tasting. The 100+ wines you’ll find at this particular event are from across the world as well as across our country, and represent all colors of the wine rainbow, including champagne. Once you decide on a few favorites, you may purchase them by the bottle or case.

wine tasting, Orange Beach, Waves of Wine, Caribe, Perdido Bay, Alabama Point

Wine tasting including a wine cruise, classic cars, live music—it's all here at Waves of Wine on Saturday, May 14, 2011!

Between delicious sips—plus some tasty tidbits supplied by Cobalt, Cosmo’s, and Sunset Cork Room—take a peek at a showcase of beautiful luxury and classic automobiles from vintage to future. Cast a vote for your vehicle of choice, and you may see that favored model win a trophy and cash prize.

A special bonus, thanks to the location overlooking the beautiful Perdido Bay, is an hourly wine cruise hosted by Outcast Charters, with each tour featuring a specific vineyard. Of course, no festival is complete without live music; throughout the day you’ll be treated to three talented local acts.

Saturday, May 14, 2011, is the date, so plan now to spend the day (11 a.m. until 5 p.m.) at Caribe Resort & Marina (at the east end of the Alabama Point Bridge) to enjoy the Orange Beach Waves of Wine Festival. As this is a limited-capacity event, you are encouraged to purchase your tickets in person today at Caribe Resort, Cobalt, or Sunset Cork Room, or online ($45—a 10% savings!) at the Waves of Wine website. You may also purchase tickets at the event if any are still available. Admission covers the activities mentioned above as well as wine glasses and a wine bag.

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