Delicious Weekend Ahead at The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

Written by Margie Casey

If you love tasty foods, nice wines, and mingling with interesting people, prepare yourself for one of the best events in small-town Georgia. Coming this March 18th-19th, at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee, is the annual Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival. The weekend will feature culinary treats, fine wines, a launch party and cook-off, with celebrity chefs and an auction to benefit local children's charities. Set in beautiful Greensboro, Georgia's best small town to retire in, this is one of the year's premier events at Reynold's Lake Oconee.

The 7th Annual Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival will bring together culinary specialties from The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee and regional restaurants, pairing them with more than 150 premium wines. Guests of the festival can expect:

The Vintner Dinner  - 6:30 cocktails 7:00 dinner March 18th | Linger Longer Steakhouse

A Sponsors Only 5-course meal prepared by Lake Oconee's executive chef, and paired with a selection of wines from Justin Winery, the festival's 2016 featured winemaker.

The Launch Party - 8:00 - 11:00 Friday March 18th | The Grand Ballroom

Dance the night away with the Ronnie Pittman Band and delight in lite-fare and drinks from Bulleit Bourbon, Sherwin Family Wines, and Gruet Champagne. Interior Design by Shane Meder of Black Sheep Interiors.

The Brew & Que Cook-Off - 12:00 - 2:00 Saturday, March 19th | Ritz-Carlton Forrest

Enjoy a lakeside lunch of champion ribs, and pork and stew. Wash it all down with ice cold beer from Terrapin Beer Co. Stay a while and enjoy music from rising country star Matt Rogers.

The Grand Tasting - 6:00 - 9:00 Saturday, March 19th | Ritz-Carton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

This main event of the weekend features cuisine from regional chefs and more than 100 wines poured for your sampling. Throughout the evening various silent auction items will be up for bid. The auction will include trips to unique destinations, gourmet dinners, sporting packages and much more. All attendees will receive a souvenir Lake Oconee Food & Wine glass with their ticket. There will be music and an appearance from Thomas Arvid, America's premier wine painter whose works pepper the finest galleries and wineries throughout the USA.

Also featuring a painting session by Thomas Arvid, the festival promises to be a weekend of fun, culture, delicious foods and wines, and plenty of interesting people to meet at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

With a reputation as the best place to live in GA, as well as the best small town to retire in, Greensboro offers a lifestyle that is difficult to imitate. With so much to do on Lake Oconee, like boating, swimming , fishing, and walking along the magnificent shores, people find it something of a lakeside paradise. And within the property of Reynolds Lake Oconee, there are cozy homes, waterfront estates, and tremendous amenities.

Those who consider Reynolds Lake Oconee the best place to live in GA are generally affluent, active, social, and happy to live a luxurious lifestyle. Amenities at Reynolds Lake Oconee include:

Private gatehouse with 24 hour security
The Lake Club Tennis Center, with two stadium-sized and 6 championship-sized, lighted courts as well as clinics, private lessons, and a full-service pro shop.
Four full-service marinas offering dry dock storage, marina stores with fishing and boating supplies, full-time mechanics, and dockside fueling. Pontoon boat rental is available, as well as a variety of other watercraft including canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.
Lake Oconee, Georgia's second largest lake, with fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, camping, picnicking and water-skiing.
The Lake Club with over 38,000 square feet of indoor & outdoor pools, Kathy’s Café, fitness facilities, banquet & event space.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, with 251 rooms, a 4-star rated spa, private beach, and a choice of fine, casual and lakefront dining.
World class golf at not just one Lake Oconee golf course, but 6 championship courses with a total of 117 holes.

Besides the amenities, residents of Reynolds Lake Oconee love the elegant home styles. In addition to their Signature Home Collection, with over 25 plans to choose from, the community features its own Home Design and Planning Studio. Here you can walk through various home displays and choose your favorite designs, such as: 

Beautiful Kitchen Spaces with Granite Countertops
Hardwood Flooring
Stainless Appliances
Outdoor Living Areas
Exterior Walls with Siding, Window Treatments and Roofing
Interior Finish and Trim Options
Door Hardware
Exterior Guttering

And whether you want to buy an existing home, or build your home from scratch, the staff at Reynolds Lake Oconee will help with the details.

Spring is an excellent time to visit the best place to live in GA. If you are interested to explore Georgia's best small town to retire in, to enjoy the lake, or play a game on a Lake Oconee golf course, then make your reservation for a tour of the community. During the Food and Wine Festival is an excellent time to visit, where you'll get a taste of the fabulous life at Reynolds Lake Oconee.


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