Where is Highlands Food & Wine located?

Highlands Food & Wine is located in Highlands, NC, situated at 4118 feet above sea level in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Highlands Food & Wine events take place in a variety of locations.  For complete event details, please visit www.highlandsfoodandwine.com/tickets.

Where can I stay during the festival?

There are a variety of lodging options available in Highlands, NC…from luxury inns to VRBO homes.  Please visit https://highlandsfoodandwine.com/highlands-nc to find links for accommodation options.  We recommend you book your lodging as soon as possible, as inventory tends to sell out quickly for our festival.

Is Uber or Lyft available in Highlands, NC?

There is currently no Uber or Lyft services in Highlands.  All signature events are walking distance from Main Street, however, some wine dinner and restaurant events may require a vehicle.  We want everyone to stay safe during the weekend.  Please have a designated driver.

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?

A limited number of Weekender Passes are available for purchase.  These tickets include VIP access to 4 signature events:  The Grand Tasting, Truckin’, Main Event and Sunday Shindig.  *Weekender passes do not include Sip & Shop tickets.  For a complete list of Weekender perks, please visit www.highlandsfoodandwine.com/experience/vip.

Will more tickets to the sold out events be available?

We will not release any more tickets once events are sold out. We have created a Highlands Food and Wine Ticket exchange on Facebook. 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.

Can I purchase a ticket for a friend/as a gift?

Sure! Please include their email address to allow them to receive all important information!

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 If I Still Need More Information?

For the up-to-the-moment event updates and event details, please join the mailing list.  For specific questions, contact the festival using the email addresses above. For any questions specific to your ticket purchase, please contact ticketing@highlandsfoodandwine.com

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 to recycle and compost waste created by our weekend celebration. In 2018, we diverted 8000lbs of recycling and compostable waste from of our landfills.

What is the attire?

Mountain Chic, Resort Casual

What are the 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.

What is your inclement weather policy?

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.

Where can I park?

There is limited parking at each of the events. Please consider walking or carpooling to limit cars needing to park.

There is NO guest parking at the Truckin’ event. All guests must park at the designated Festival parking lot or in public spaces. We encourage walking to The Bascom.

Can tickets be purchased?

Tickets can only be purchased via the festival website.

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.