Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife

Choice beverage tastings combined with southern cuisine in an event that raises awareness for coastal wildlife.

Friday - Sunday, Nov. 4 - 6, 2022 | Times Vary

Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife

This event takes place at various locations in Vilano.
260 Vilano Road,
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife offers a three-day culinary event with beverage tastings on Friday through Sunday, November 4 through 6, 2022. The events take place in various locations over three days, from a local diner, to the GTM Reserve, to the iconic Vilano Beach Pier, and finally, to the Casa Monica Hotel in Historic Downtown St. Augustine.

Funds raised during the weekend will benefit Vilano Beach Main Street and the GTM Reserve.

Master Classes

Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife starts with a series of four master classes beginning on Friday at 10:00 a.m., at the Vilano Main Street Diner at 140 Vilano Road, inside the Holiday Inn Express. Each class will be presented by a master chef who will share recipes and techniques and offer tastings paired with appropriate beverages. Classes are one-hour in length and begin at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. and at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. The event is casual and open only to those who are 21 and over. Cost: $60.00 per person for each class, $199.00 for all four classes. Click here for tickets.

Guided Tour of GTMR


Ninety-minute guided tours of Guana Tolomanto Matanzas Reserve (GTM Reserve) are offered once each day, on Friday at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Each of these private guided tours conclude with the opportunity to taste wines paired with various cheeses. Cost: $45.00 per person. Click here for tickets.

A chef serving roasted pig at a food event
Chef Kenny Gilbert serving his signature pork at a Whiskey, Wine, and Wildlife event.

Whiskey Inspired on the Pier

"Whiskey Inspired on the Pier," a happy "hour" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, will be held outside on the Vilano Beach Pier at 260 Vilano Road. This all-inclusive event costs $79.00 per person, and includes presentations of the festival's beverage partners, featuring whiskies, wines, and beers — and the festival's signature drink. In addition, "Pig Pickin' on the Pier" offers appetizer stations and that roasted pig. Attendees must be 21 and over and business casual attire is recommended. This event is rain or shine. Cost: $79.00 per person. Click here for tickets. Music on Saturday will be Yael and Gabriel.

Women and guests outdoors at a food and beverage event
The Main Event at Whiskey, Wine, and Wildlife

Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife Block Party

Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife's main event takes place on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a block party in Vilano Beach. The event features culinary tastes from restaurants located along A1A, unlimited beverage tastings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and wildlife demonstrations. Tickets are $119.00 per person, the event takes place outdoors and will be rain or shine. Attendees must be 21 and over. Cost: $119.00. Click here for tickets.

Cooking demonstrations for Saturday begin at 2:15.

  • 2:15 - 2:45 p.m., Aprons Cooking School, Jacksonville
  • 3:00 - 3:00 p.m., Kenny Gilbert, of Silkie's Chicken and Champagne Bar, Jacksonville
  • 3:45 - 4:15 p.m., Rebecca Reed, Restaurant Orsay, Jacksonville
  • 4:30 - 5:00 p.m., Michael Lugo, Michael's St. Augustine and Pesca by Michael's, Vilano Beach.

Music on Saturday features Laiken Love & the Fellowship of Love.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Casa Monica Resort, 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine

Whiskey, Wine, and Wildlife presents a Sunday Jazz Brunch at Casa Monica Resort, 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine. There will be two seatings, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $119.00. Tickets include wine beer and spirits tastings, Bloody Marys, and Mimosas, and a brunch buffet. 

Admission: Master Class - $60.00 per person; GTM Reserve Guided Tour and Refreshments - $45.00; Friday Whiskey Inspired on the Pier - $79.00; Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife Block Party - $119.00 per person. A limited number of reduced cost early bird tickets for all events will available until September 18, or until sold out. Click here for tickets.

When: November 4 - 6, 2022. The times vary with the event.

  • Tours of GTM Reserve followed by a wine and cheese reception are at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 am. on Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  • On Friday, the Whiskey Inspired on the Pier takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • On Saturday, the main event, "Whiskey, Wine, and Wildlife Block Party," takes place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • On Sunday, there are two seatings for the Jazz Brunch, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Where: Most of the events will take place at Main Street Vilano, between the beach and the pier. A number of the events will be held outdoors and all events will be held rain or shine.

Parking: Since parking is limited on Vilano Beach and along Main Street, guests may park at St. Augustine lots and ride the Old Town Trolley or the St. Augustine Water Shuttle to Vilano. Shuttle schedules will be announced soon.

Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

The logo of the St. Johns Cultural Council


Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife

This event takes place at various locations in Vilano.
260 Vilano Road,
St. Augustine, FL 32084