Know Before You Go

Is Highlands Food & Wine Festival 21 and up?

All Highlands Food & Wine events are 21+.  Valid ID is required at all events. If we cannot verify your age, you will not be allowed into the festival. Anyone under the age of 21 will be stopped at the gate, refused entry and passes will not be refunded. Please don’t bring infants, small children in child carriers, or strollers, as they will not be permitted entry.

Can I purchase a weekend pass?

Weekender Passes are sold out.

Will more tickets to the sold out events be available?

We will not release any more tickets. We have created a Highlands Food and Wine Ticket exchange on Facebook as a courtesy. Ticket holders who need to sell tickets/ trade tickets/ buy tickets can do so throughout the year by connecting with one another on this group. Please note that the festival does not verify or manage buyers/sellers on this page.

Can I receive a refund if I have bought a ticket and cannot attend the event?

Unfortunately, Highlands Food and Wine Festival has a no refund policy. You are more than welcome to attempt to sell the tickets to a friend or on the Highlands Food & Wine Ticket Exchange page. Make sure those you have sold your tickets to have the email confirmation receipt that the festival sent you. They will need this to pick up the tickets.

What do I need to know about my events?

Highlands Food & Wine events take place in different locations, indoors and out.  Please make sure you read the “Know Before You Go” for you event(s) below:

Grand Tasting 2019 Know Before You Go
Truckin’ 2019 Know Before You Go
Main Event 2019 Know Before You Go
Sunday Shindig 2019 Know Before You Go
Sip & Shop 2019 Know Before You Go

Is Highlands Food & Wine a Non-Profit?

Yes!  Highlands Food & Wine is a 501c3 corporation with a mission to promote the Town of Highlands, NC year around.

What is the festival doing to help the environment?

Highlands Food & Wine is committed to preserving the pristine beauty of our community and promoting good environmental practices.  We are proud to partner with Zero Hero (hyperlink) to recycle and compost waste created by our weekend celebration. In 2018, we diverted 8000lbs of recycling and compostable waste from of our landfills.


Mountain Chic, Resort Casual

Rules and Restrictions

No one under the age of 21 are permitted.

Please no pets (service animals are permitted).

No outside food or alcohol will be permitted in the events. Chairs are not permitted at events unless stated.

Complimentary hydration stations will be available with potable water, empty refillable water bottles are permitted.


All events are in tents or outdoors and will happen rain or shine. Please be prepared for forecasted weather. Should major weather arise, all ticket holders will be contacted via email.


There is limited parking in Highlands and no dedicated event parking. Please consider walking or carpooling to limit cars needing to park.


Where do I pick up my tickets/wristbands?

Wristbands will be distributed at the gates of each event.  You must have a printed ticket or barcode on your phone to present at the gate for wristband and entry.  *Please note that cell service in Highlands is spotty.  We recommend printing tickets in advance.

What do I need to get into the event?

You need your ticket bar code upon entry.  After receiving wristband, you must wear that wristband for the duration of the event.  Weekender VIP Pass Holders must wear Weekender wristbands for the duration of the festival.

What if I lose or cut off my wristband?

Wristbands must be worn at all times. Individuals not wearing a wristband will not be allowed entry, no exceptions. Do not lose your wristband—these are not replaceable. The plastic security lock on the wristband is a one-way lock. Do not play with this lock to tighten the band too much.

How do I put on my wristband?

Treat your wristband like cash—lost, stolen, tampered with, and/or confiscated wristbands will not be replaced!

Festival security will put on your wristband for you.


Your wristband allows you to come and go as you please to the events. You must have the specific event wristband on to enter/re-enter. Beverages may not leave the grounds.

What to Bring

  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Wristband
  • Cash or Credit Card for Merchandise
  • Refillable water bottle

What Not to Bring

  • Pets
  • Outside food or drink
  • Chairs (low back chairs are allowed at the Truckin’ event only)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Children under the age of 21
  • Cigarettes—this is a non-smoking event