The Food and Wine Festival

Unwind and uncork with us at our third and final
Cleaver and Cork event celebrating all that our community has to offer. Trust us, we saved the best for last!

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 11:00 – 3:00 PM
Intramural Fields at Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Dr.
Tallahassee, FL

Online registration for the Food & Wine Festival ends on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 pm. You can register on site the day of the event. Please note that ticket prices will increase to $325 for VIP and $125 for General Admission on Saturday, March 4.

Tasting tents featuring restaurants and food vendors will serve up delicious bites and libations from across North Florida. Cooking and culinary education lovers will learn from local chefs recognized on regional, statewide, and national levels. The festival will also feature master classes from spirit experts from across the world.

This event is rain or shine.

What you get

General Admission


  • Access to all Food and Spirit Tasting Tents
  • Access to all Cooking Demonstrations
  • Access to the Zythology Master Class by Proof Brewpub in the Beer Garden
  • A Cleaver and Cork wine glass
  • Master Classes

VIP Tickets


  • Access to all Food and Spirit Tasting Tents
  • A Cleaver and Cork wine glass
  • $100 Gift Certificate to spend on our on-site retail store
  • Priority seating at all cooking demonstrations
  • Access to all Master Classes
  • Priority access to The Elite Group VIP Tent
  • Priority Access to the Cleaver and Cork Cocktail Master Class by mixologist Jaymi London
  • Priority access to a meet-and-greet with Chef Symon in the VIP Tent (note: Chef will only be available for one hour during a specified time which is to be announced)
  • Access to the Zythology Master Class by Proof Brewpub in the Beer Garden

Tasting Tents

Offerings & Schedule

Cooking demonstrations

Open to all ticket holders

Priority seating for VIP ticket holders

12:00 PM
Chef Justin Timineri
Fresh from Florida

1:00 PM
Chef Skylar Stafford
Executive Chef
The Huntsman

2:00 PM
Chef Katie Spetman
Executive Chef
The Florida Governor’s Mansion

Additional Offerings

Crafting the Perfect Cleaver and Cork Cocktail (VIP Only)

Presented by Jaymi London, Mixologist

The Elite Group VIP Tent

Concocting a noteworthy cocktail isn’t a haphazard process. Quite the contrary, in fact.  Jaymi London, local mixologist, is a pro at this process.  And she has lent her talents to TCC to create the first ever Cleaver and Cork Cocktail.  This session will review the process of how to craft a new cocktail, and provide attendees with a taste of this new concoction. 

Zythology: The Science of Beer

Open to all Ticket Holders

Presented by Bryan Smith, Proof Brew Pub

Beer Garden

Did you know that around the world, humans consume about 50 billion gallons of beer annually?  In the United States, the beer industry plays a vital role in its economy. Every year, our country generates profits of over 100 billion dollars from beer alone.  Beer is big industry.  And craft beer is where it’s at!  Proof Brewing, now 10 years old, was the first craft production brewery in Tallahassee.  They will lead this Master Class in our Beer Garden, sharing their history and talking all things craft beer. 

Master Classes

All About that Bourbon

Presented by Adam Hanley, Market Square Liquors

12:30pm and 1:30pm
Workforce Development Building, Room 128

Bourbon is the craze right now. It’s depth of flavor is subtle and complex, but not overpowering, making it easy to enjoy.  Bourbon is being used in traditional cocktails like the Old Fashion, but it is also seeing a rise in popularity in trendy cocktails – check out your local bar’s menu.  This class will showcase how versatile bourbon can be and what you need to know to craft your own. 

Hidden Gems of the Wine World

presented by Poco Vino

11:30am and 2:30pm
Workforce Development Building, Room 123

Discover the best-kept secrets of the wine world in this educational course led by Amanda Morrison, Sommelier and owner of Poco Vino Wine Bar & Market. In this educational class, we will explore alternative regions and grape styles to show you examples of high-quality wines at affordable prices. 

Soils and Senses - Monterey

Presented by Amanda Pomp, WSET III, CSW
Transcendent Wines

12:30pm and 1:30pm
Workforce Development Building, Room 126

A literal scratching of the surface to explore the way a vineyard’s microclimate can influence what you taste in the glass. An in depth look into the terroir unique to Monterey California and it’s subregions highlighting the areas of San Bernabe and the Santa Lucia Highlands. 

How to Navigate a Wine Menu

Presented by: Hummingbird Wine Café

11:30am and 2:30pm
Workforce Development Building, Room 130

Wine menus can be HUGE.  For some, perusing through thick wine lists is easy.  For many it invokes fear and anxiety, especially if a date or potential client is sitting across the table. How do you confidently navigate a restaurant wine list?  This Master Class will help you Master the Wine Menu!