FOOD CULTURE // St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival

Local food/drink pros participating in the St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival   The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival takes place May 6-9, 2021 at World Golf Hall of Fame and the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort and…

Local food/drink pros participating in the St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival 

The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival takes place May 6-9, 2021 at World Golf Hall of Fame and the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort and will feature celebrity guest chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, local chefs, artisans, and local craft spirits/beers.

Tickets to all events can be purchased at 

Here are some of the locals participating:  

Doug Murr // owner-operator of Dog Rose Brewing Company, 77 Bridge Street, St. Augustine

Doug Murr of Dog Rose Brewing Company

Doug started his professional brewing career in 2001, brewing for Big River Brewing Co./ Gordon Biersch. Those were the early stages of the craft beer movement. Bud was still king and IPA’s were far and few between, never mind sours and funky hybrid styles.

Despite nearly 20 years of experimentation, growth, and experience, Doug finds himself rooted in tradition, brewing classic and “true to style” ales and lagers. Doug and his wife Courtney opened Dog Rose Brewing Co. in October 2017 and have remained focused on brewing classic world-class beers. 

Epicurean Master Class: “How to order the right beer for you, and be cool doing it!”

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Dog Rose Brewing, 77 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084  

Description: Sometimes “beertenders” can be intimidating or maybe downright rude! We’ll delve into the mysterious science of fermentation while gaining an understanding of the four basic ingredients of beer and how they affect what you taste and overall like or dislike. These tools will arm you with the knowledge and confidence to know exactly what it is you like in a beer and why.  No more asking “what’s your most popular?” for you my friend.  When we’re done with you, Beertenders will stand in awe of your poise and skillful ordering tactics. 

Nick Carrera // owner of Urban Asado, 150 Riberia Street, St. Augustine

Nick Carrera of Urban Asado

Nick Carrera has a deep passion for live-fire grilling, which comes from his Argentine roots. Nick’s cherished memories of Asados as a child, and his desire to share those experiences with his own family is the foundation for Urban Asado®.

Nick believes a touch of history inspires every meal prepared on an Argentine grill. A history filled with passion and respect for the food to be shared with family and friends. That same history inspires each of his hand-crafted Urban Asado’s grills.

Epicurean Master Class: “Experience Grilling on Urban Asado’s Argentine Inspired Live Fire Grills”

Friday, May 7, 2021 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM 

Location: Festival site included in Epicurean Master Class Pass

Description: Chef Matt Brown of Leña and Asador, and Nick Carrera will take guests through the versatility of Live Fire Grilling. They will demonstrate the different styles from ember roasting, flame blistering to slow-roasting all over an open fire. There will be a variety of delicious tastings from each live-fire grilling technique for the class to taste, along with a signature bourbon cocktail pairing!  By the end of the demonstration, participants will be an honorary Asador. 

Michael Lugo // owner and executive chef of Michael’s St. Augustine, 25 Cuna Street, St. Augustine

Michael Lugo of Michael’s

Chef Michael Lugo leads the culinary team of Michael’s downtown St. Augustine. Originally from Puerto Rico, Michael is a self-taught chef who started cultivating his skills and passion for food by learning from his grandma, who inspired him to use his love of food to carve a career in the industry. As he spread his culinary wings, Chef Michael worked in many restaurants from Texas to Florida, learning all aspects of the restaurant industry before embarking on his own path.

World Golf Hall of Fame Winemaker’s Dinner

Thursday May 6, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception / 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Dinner

Location: World Golf Village Renaissance  

Description: A gourmet food lover’s experience with a six-course dinner featuring three guest celebrity/James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs including Maneet Chauhan, television personality, award-winning chef, and author. Lugo is one of three outstanding local chefs that will each prepare a course. Each course will be paired with a guest golf celebrity’s wine – World Golf Hall of Fame award-winning winemakers and proprietors, along with golf celebrities. The Reception includes an Open Bar with an unbelievable Charcuterie display by renowned Master Butcher, Michael Sullivan featuring a variety of hand-butchered meats and locally made breads and accoutrements.

Philip McDaniel // CEO & co-founder of the St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine

Philip McDaniel of St. Augustine Distillery

Innovator, community advocate, and forward-looking leader. Continuously seeks to expand our community’s quality of life, local economy, and leave behind a new kind of legacy, blending economic development and social good.

Since the age of 21, Philip has emphasized the importance of family, business, community, and cultural development. As the co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery, Philip has created a new type of business model which builds both community morale and regional economic development. 

Epicurean Master Class: “Bourbon and Mixology 101”

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084

Description: St. Augustine Distillery was founded with a single purpose: To make world-class spirits and teach guests how to make bartender quality cocktails at home. The class begins with a private tour of St. Augustine Distillery. During this hands-on workshop, Philip and Clark will lead you on a 3-part journey of: 

1) What is a bourbon
2) How Florida bourbon differs from traditional bourbon
3) How to make a balanced cocktail using three flavor profiles.

During this fun and entertaining session, you’ll taste through the company’s complete line of bourbons. Participants will return home ready to make your own delicious, balanced cocktails using ingredients you most likely have at home. A brief guided distillery tour and visit to the distillery’s award-winning gift shop will complete a truly special and one-of-a-kind visit.