Highlands Food & Wine Festival Reveals Delicious Lineup featuring Grace Potter, Chuck Leavell, End of the Line, The War and Treaty and More

Connoisseurs of fine food, wine, and music will delight in the return of the 7th annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival. Set to take place November 9-12 in the historic mountain resort village of Highlands, NC, the four-day event will feature culinary delicacies and distinctive wines and spirits along with music headliners End of the Line, Grace Potter, and The War and Treaty plus famed keyboardist Chuck Leavell returning for an intimate performance. Southern Avenue, Katie Pruitt, Matt Koziol, and the Harlem Gospel Travelers round out the exclusive lineup.


Grace Potter – Photo credit: Jeff Fernandez

Produced by Highlands Festivals, Inc. and Eleven Events the festival showcases renowned local and regional chefs from across the Southeast along with wine tastings, special dinners, and more punctuated by one-of-a-kind musical performances including award-winning singer/songwriters Grace Potter and Katie Pruitt headlining Saturday’s main event.



“The 7th Annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival is especially notable for us, with an all-star lineup of budding and veteran artists, including our first all-female lineup for the Main Event,” said Casey Reid, Festival Director and Partner at Eleven Events. “We are also building a comparable roster of culinary talent for the South’s most popular weekend celebration of food, wine, music and mountains.”


Southern Avenue Promo Photo

Grammy-nominated blues/soul outfit Southern Avenue kicks off the celebration on Thursday night with a performance at “The Grand Tasting” at The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands. On Friday, Matt Koziol’s country rock sounds will set the stage for the popular Allman Brothers tribute band End of the Line, headlining “Truckin’” at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.


Chuck Leavell shot by David Lee

In addition to powerhouse songstresses Potter and Pruitt closing out on Saturday night, the day’s festivities will feature Chuck Leavell and special guests performing music from his sweeping catalog, including songs by The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and more at the festival’s signature fundraising event, “Generous Pour” at the town’s Performing Arts Center. The Harlem Gospel Travelers and husband-and-wife headlining duo The War and Treaty will round out the weekend with deep soulful grooves for Sunday’s “A Shot of Redemption” brunch at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.


The War and Treaty Red Wing Roots Music Festival 2018
The War and Treaty Red Wing Roots Music Festival 2018 shot by Jody Carbone

Besides food, music, and libations, attendees can take in the beauty of Highlands and the surrounding mountains. Unique boutiques, stellar restaurants and cafes, and historic sites abound in the village, which has served as a mountain escape for visitors from across the country for over a century. Plus there are endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and mountain biking.


Highlands Food & Wine Festival

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Bascom, Highlands Performing Arts Center, and Friends of Founders Park as well as to support the Louis Osteen Legacy Scholarship, which partners with the Culinary Institute of America to assist students from the Highlands/Cashiers plateau pursuing educational opportunities in epicurean fields.


Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 15 at 12 p.m. ET and can be purchased via the festival’s official website. As in years past, the event is expected to be an instant sellout, so don’t sleep on securing tickets. For more information, click on the links below.


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