About Highlands Festivals, inc.

Highlands Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit organization that produces the annual Highlands Food & Wine and Bear Shadow festivals in Highlands, NC. The organization is dedicated to promoting Highlands, NC, as an inspiring place to live and visit by producing world-class events that showcase, enhance, and support the region’s vibrant culinary, visual, and performing arts organizations while contributing funds and resources that directly benefit similar local initiatives and strengthen our community. 

2024 Board Members

Jack Austin
David Bock
Debi Bock
Thomas Craig
Marjorie Deal

Pat Gleeson
Bryan Lewis
Steve Mehder
Marlene Osteen

Steve Palmer
Drew Townes
Mary Adair Trumbly
Hilary Wilkes

Board Contact Information

P.O. Box 2713 Highlands, NC 28741


Text HFW to (828) 202-8911

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