The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Announces Culinary Lineup

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Tickets on sale now with early bird pricing through July 15

 The third annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival presented by Wind Creek Atmore returns to Main Street Sept. 15-17, 2016 with a robust roster of talent. The three-day culinary event will feature more than 20 of the Gulf Coast’s most beloved chefs and restaurants.

Chef Showdown
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the event will kick off with a VIP experience at The Palms from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a cutthroat competition between Chris Sherrill (Flora-Bama Yacht Club), Brody Olive (Perdido Beach Resort) and Chris Kelly (Driftwood Bar & Grille, Ronin Sushi Bar). The chefs will race against the clock as they encounter  ulinary
challenges to create the best dish made with Alabama Gulf Seafood.

James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst, authors of The Couples Kitchen, will team up to emcee the Chef Showdown.
There will be select vendor wine tasting, an auction preview, an open bar and giveaways. Individual tickets for the kick-off event are $25. Combo tickets for the Chef Showdown and Grand Tasting are $60. Ticket prices will rise on July 15 to $30/$75 and again for last minute pricing to $35/$90.

Wine Dinners
The Wharf is home to more than 10 unique restaurants with fare ranging from sushi to steak and everything in between. Participating venues along with those along the Gulf Coast will have individual wine dinners with specials and pairings Friday, Sept 16.

Grand Tasting
The Wharf Entertainment District will be lined with vendors serving more than 150 labels of wines and small bites for the culinary competition from participating restaurants including:
• Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina
• Master Joe’s
• Shipp’s Harbor Grill
• Driftwood Bar & Grille
• Ronin Sushi Bar
• Ginny Lane Bar and Grill
• Villaggio Grille
• Flora Bama Yacht Club
• Voyagers
• Coast
• Cowgirls

This year, The Wharf Uncorked champion will be an automatic Elite Qualifier for the World Food Championships in
November back at The Wharf. Guests can visit the Culinary Experience Tent for demonstrations from top chefs like two-time ‘Chopped’ champion and cookbook author, James Briscione; Peter D’Andrea with Wind Creek who has cooked for kings, presidents and renowned chef Julia Childs; and ‘Food Network Star’ runner-up and writer/blogger, Jay Ducote.

Early bird tickets for the Grand Tasting are $50. Regular ticket pricing begins July 15 at $60 and last minute pricing is $70 starting Sept. 1. In addition, there will be a luxury yacht walk, book signings, both live and silent auctions benefitting Make-AWish® Alabama and a high-end tasting tent with wines including: Jordan, Duck Horn, Cannonau di Sardegna and Anastasia Semidano.

Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com, or at The Wharf box office. For more information, please visit
TheWharfUncorked.com

About The Wharf
Located in beautiful Orange Beach, The Wharf is the Gulf Coast’s premier destination resort and Marina. The Wharf
features a unique selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including restaurants, boutiques and
stores, a 15-screen movie theater, 112 foot tall Ferris wheel, and live music at The Wharf’s 9,600 seat Amphitheater. No matter the time of year, The Wharf is the ultimate family-friendly vacation destination. For more information visit alwharf.com.