Wine & Dine in Highlands



The 5th Annual Culinary Weekend is set for November 10th-13th, 2011

Contributed by Laura Huerta

The 5th Annual Culinary Weekend takes place Thursday, November 10th through Sunday, November 13th. Join us as we embrace an amazing weekend of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina.

Kick off the weekend at the Opening Night Celebration, Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m., held at the esteemed Highlands Country Club. Enjoy fine wines and delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Plan to attend the annual Sip & Stroll Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in our beautiful downtown area.

This year’s participating restaurants include; Cyprus International Cuisine, Fresser’s Eatery, Kilwin’s, Lakeside Restaurant, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, On The Verandah, Ruka’s Table, The Smokehouse, The Ugly Dog Pub, The Gamekeeper’s Tavern, Jorge’s Restaurant and Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Participating Wineries include; Tryon Distributors, Juice, Dionysus Wine Distributors, Empire Distributing Company, Mutual Distributing, Pahlmeyer, Opus One, Vine Connections, Tryon Craft Beer, Frederick Wildman and Mollydooker. Sip & Stroll participants include; Acorns, Alexandra’s on Main, The Christmas Tree on the Hill, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, Hen House, John Collette Fine Art, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Two the Nines, Vivace & Vivace Too and Xtreme Threads.

“Culinary Weekend is just around the corner,” said Laura Huerta, Manager of Lakeside Restaurant and Chair of Highlands Culinary Weekend Committee. “Our website is updated with this year’s events. We’re excited to showcase this great line up of local chefs and wineries. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this special weekend.”

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75 and can be purchased in advance via the website or by calling The Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is presenting sponsor of Culinary Weekend. Event sponsors include; The Laurel Magazine, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, WHLC 104.5, The Highlander newspaper, Inland Seafood, A Moment In Time Photography, Raffa Design, Acorns, The Hen House, Lakeside Restaurant, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro and Nellis Communities.

The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is a catalyst for planning, programs and services that promote a favorable business and visitors climate while nurturing the natural beauty and cultivating the uniqueness that is Highlands. The Highlands Visitor Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to be a part of the 5th Annual Culinary Weekend, please call (866) 526-5841 or (828) 526-5841 or view the event webpage at

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