March 13-16, 2025

As one of the area's premier events, the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival brings together culinary specialties from local and regional restaurants pairing them with more than 200 premium wines. Sample and taste your way through this fantastic showcase of wine and food.

Our Mission

The mission of the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival is to sponsor and support educational and community programs for youth in the lake area. Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and auctions go directly to help fund schools and community programs in Putnam, Greene and Baldwin counties. By bringing together renowned chefs, winemakers and our wonderful lake communities we’ve discovered a fun and rewarding way for people to contribute and make a difference in the lives of many by improving our communities and celebrating the best life has to offer at the same time.

All corporate and individual festival sponsorships are tax deductible. Get in touch with us and see how your contribution can benefit the community and your company with increased exposure and by earning the love of your customers by giving back.

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Festival Beneficiaries

We Are Proud To Help Support These Community Programs


Revenue from ticket sales as well as sponsorships assists the festival in staging the event and raising funds to support our local charities.

Boy Scouts of Greene County

The Boy Scouts of Greene County is a youth organization which trains young people in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.

Camp Southern Ground

One Mission, One Camp, Two Causes: During summer, Camp Southern Ground hosts campers for week-long residential camps. In the non-summer months, the state-of-the-art facilities are utilized in conjunction with industry leading organizations to support veterans and their families transitioning back to civilian life.

Ferst Readers

Ferst Readers provides books for the community to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success.

Gatewood School

Gatewood is a Christian college prep school in Eatonton, GA. It provides an exceptional educational experience to prepare students for college and lifelong success.


The Oconee Performing Arts Society educational and outreach program expands performing arts education in the community and local schools.

Pete Nance Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia strives to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We’re dedicated to providing a safe, positive place and having a significant impact on their lives.

The Plaza Arts Center

The Plaza Arts Center (formerly Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation) provides after-school arts programs for Putnam County school children ages 4 and up.

The Victory Train

The Victory Train® is an early childhood education program that empowers parents with skills and resources to provide essential learning experiences for their children from birth to kindergarten. The Victory Train partners with local service organizations, businesses, schools, churches and governmental entities, working together to collectively address the needs of children and parents in the Greene County community. 

Young Life

Young Life is an interdenominational Christian outreach ministry whose mission is to help adolescents in our community grow in their faith.

Our History

From a quaint lakeside gathering to a multi-day festival - we've grown a lot thanks to our generous supporters.


Est. 2008

The Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival was established in 2008. It was started by a group of volunteers from the Redeemer Episcopal School who saw the potential of an event to showcase the lake area while generating proceeds to support children's educational programs. The festival began as a dinner and auction held at Reynolds Landing. There were less than 200 attendees the first year. Each year the festival has grown in number and size. The 2016 festival played host to over 1500 attendees. After 2 years, the festival was moved to the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee. In 2016 The Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival Incorporated and became its own 501(c)3. Since its inception the Festival has donated over $1.2 million dollars to lake area schools and children’s charities.

Festival Leadership

Our Dedicated Volunteer Crew


Teresa Doster


Marie Rainey

Festival Director

Cooper Rainey

Festival Director

Ann Welch


Debbie Cornelia


Kim Cullens

Wil Haley

Blayre Haley

Pamela Harty

Jamie Noles

Jana Roper

Amy Schneider

Scott Schneider

Dana Vick

Douglass Weeks

Derek Welch

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