Another unique feature of the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival is the festival’s cornerstone: the International Wine Competition. In early February, Certified Wine Educators and Advanced Sommeliers spend 3 days judging over 500 different wines. Gold and silver medals are awarded and those wines are featured throughout the festival events along with other vintner’s choices. Wines are judged in various categories and at all price levels. You will find the double gold winners from here featured at the Stay Gold event which became an instant classic last year.
The Festival is an event produced by the non-profit corporation Hilton Head Wine & Food, Inc. The proceeds from the festival’s wine auction at the Grand and Public Tastings support the John & Valerie Curry Educational Scholarship Fund for college students pursuing degrees in the hospitality & tourism field. Scholarships are currently offered at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. In the last seven years, we have provided $75,000 in scholarships to deserving students!