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Galveston Island Wine Festival Returns

Galveston Island Wine Festival Returns

Bigger and Better for 3 Days at Moody Gardens, Sept. 1-3

Last Updated: July 26, 2023 by Lee Roane | Trip Planning, Food & Drink, Events


Vino lovers are invited to a weekend of fun activities featuring a wonderful array of wines, amazing cuisine, fireworks and live music to create a memorable weekend as the Galveston Island Wine Festival expands at its new location at Moody Gardens, September 1 – 3.

Attendees can choose from a variety of wine festival activities in addition to the Moody Gardens attractions to plan their itinerary each day, maximizing the fun. From poolside island cocktails to chef presentations to the Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting event at the Aquarium Pyramid, there are options and hotel packages to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone.

For more details and tickets, visit galvestonislandwinefestival.com

Christine Ha
Chef Christine Ha, 2-time James Beard semi-finalist and 1-time finalist, and MasterChef Winner, Joins the Chef Line Up Galveston Island Wine Festival

Friday, September 1, 2023:

4-7 p.m. – Beck Family Estates Poolside Happy Hour
Start your weekend off right with complimentary Steenberg and Graham Beck bubbles poolside.

5-7 p.m. – House of Suntory Welcome Reception (Hotel Lobby Bar)
Featuring Toki Whisky Highballs and Haku Vodka Espresso Martinis. A Moody Gardens Hotel Guest Exclusive!

6-8 p.m. – Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza (Moody Gardens Hotel, Viewfinders Terrace)
This event is a unique experience in which seven top-tier chefs, headlined by Chef Christine Ha, Chef David Cordúa, and more will duel to create sensational dishes, each paired with a choice from seven of the world’s finest wine regions.

Woman with Wine at Moody Gardens
Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting at the Aquarium Galveston Island Wine Festival

Saturday, September 2, 2023

11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Guy Stout Sommelier Seminar – SOLD OUT
An exclusive sommelier seminar for select festival guests.

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Beck Family Estates Champagne Social (Hotel Lobby Bar)
Join us for a sip and perhaps discover a new favorite bubbly- Graham Beck!

2-3:30 p.m. – Vineyards Around the World Luxury Wine Tasting – SOLD OUT
Exclusive! Available only to the first 100 guests who purchase the Saturday experience.

4-4:30 p.m – VIP Entrance to Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting at the Aquarium
Must purchase 3-Day Experience. Skip the lines and enter the event 30 minutes early!

4:30 p.m.-7p.m – Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting at the Aquarium
A delightful evening awaits as you tour the Oceans of the World with wine and spirit tastings, food bites from Gulf Coast restaurants and marine animal encounters. This experience will take you to new depths!

9:15 p.m. – Wine’d Down After Hours (Palm Beach)
Enjoy fantastic live entertainment from The Line Up with the opportunity for you to relax, chill out or kick up your heels and dance! The evening wraps up with a spectacular fireworks show over Offatts Bayou.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

10 a.m. – Beck Family Estates Brunch (Café in the Park)
Avoid the Sunday scaries and join us for a wonderful brunch with a complimentary Graham Beck mimosa! *Reservations encouraged

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Explore Some More
Take some time to explore the Rainforest Pyramid, MG3D or 4D Theaters, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and other attractions. You may even want to take in a round of golf or a little spa time!

6-8 p.m. – Freedom Stories Bourbon Tasting
This special evening is a salute to the military. Enjoy an exceptional Bourbon tasting with light Hors d’oeuvres while guest speakers WWII Navy Veteran Eddie Janek and retired LtCol of the US Marine Corps Neil Murphy Jr. share their stories. Featured Bourbons at this event include: Jim Beam Black, Basil Haydens, Knob Creek, Bookers, Clermont Steep, and more!

For more details and tickets, visit galvestonislandwinefestival.com

A variety of hotel packages bundle these experiences for options with one, two or three nights for a complete Wine Festival experience.

For Moody Gardens and hotel package info, visit moodygardens.org

Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2023-08-04T13:05:22-05:00

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