Lineup announced, tickets on sale

There’s more than eating and drinking to do at the Highlands Food & Wine Festival.

There’s also a great lineup of local music planned for the food fest’s fifth go-round: Amos Lee, Hiss Golden Messenger, Devon Gilfillian, and Rufus Lee and The Handful.

The festival takes place Nov.11-14 in downtown Highlands in Macon County, and tickets are now on sale

Besides live music, festival guests can also check out the popular Grand Tasting, Truckin’, Main Event and Sunday Shindig events, which all feature live music combined with world-class food from local and regional chefs. Fine wine and spirits seminars, specialty dinners and other culinary experiences also dot the weekend schedule.

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“We are tremendously excited for the stellar musical talent that plan to join us in November,” Highlands Food & Wine Festival Director said in a release. “We have also secured some great food and beverage partners and look forward to announcing the full roster in the coming weeks.”

Tickets will range from $150-$800 for weekend VIP passes. All tickets are inclusive of food, beverage and live music entertainment.

Highlands Food and Wine festival is Nov. 11 -Nov.  14 this year.

The schedule of events

Nov. 11: Grand Tasting. The festival kicks off with a performance by Greenville, South Carolina-based Rufus Lee and The Handful, who promise outlaw and honky-tonk country with a unique rock ‘n’ roll edge. 

Nov. 12: Truckin’. Nashville-based American folk pop band Erin Rae, led by singer-songwriter Erin Rae McKaskle, will open Friday’s performances. The band is known for their genre-busting songs and McKaskle’s unique modern indie folk sound.

Highlands Food and Wine festival is Nov. 11 -Nov.  14 this year.

Durham-based American folk/country rock band Hiss Golden Messenger, led by MC Taylor, will headline. The band crosses various musical genres that include bluegrass and country soul to swamp pop and rhythm and blues. 

Nov. 13: Main Event. Diana DeMuth will bring her folk rock sound to the Main Event stage, performing songs from her debut album, Misadventure.

Amos Lee, American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul, will headline the Main Event. Lee has toured as an opening act for Adele, The Avett Brothers, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, David Gray, Merle Haggard, Jack Johnson and more.

Devon Gilfillian performs live via a laptop as part of the Luck Reunion ‘Til Further Notice’ virtual concert Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Nov. 14: Sunday Shindig. Returning to Highlands after a performance at the Bear Shadow Music Festival, Nashville-based singer-songwriter and bandleader Devon Gilfillian will round out the festival at the Sunday Shindig. Gilfillian, known for his deep soul sound, will be performing Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album during the Sunday Shindig.


Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, and has been a staff writer for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional line cook and one-time restaurant owner.

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