Event Information


We are happy to announce that the 2018 Synovus Toast of the Town will take place at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center!

801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901

Celebrating food, wine, beer, spirits, music and more!

We’re back for our ninth year on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center! World-class wines, fine foods, hand-crafted beers, Southern spirits and a silent auction all await you at the Grand Tasting.  This year we will be featuring The Aflac Chef’s Tent prior to the Grand Tasting, and event that has sold out the past four years so get your tickets early!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us to meet the chefs, winemakers, distillers and brewmasters who will be on hand to share their toasts and tastes with you. All this plus a silent auction filled with a variety of wines, trips and unique treasures.

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Schedule of Events

The Aflac Chef’s Tent

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 | Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Tickets: $175 per person

Don’t miss the delicious food and unique cocktails by renowned chefs and mixologists from around the Southeast. This event has sold out for the past four years and a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to get your tickets early!


We are excited to announce that this year The Aflac Chef’s Tent will feature flavors from chef Chris Hastings.  Chris was the 2012 recipient of the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southern Division and in that same year, defeated chef Bobby Flay in “Battle Sausage” on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.  Disciples of the Farm to table movement, Chris and his wife, Idie are the owners of Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird in Birmingham, Alabama and also consult with restaurants around the region on converting their operations to the farm to table philosophy.


Grand Tasting

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 | Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm | Tickets: $95 per person

The best local and regional breweries, distilleries, wineries, spirits and restaurants will be featured at the Grand Tasting. In one evening, guests will have the opportunity to taste all the best products on the market.




The Columbus Symphony Orchestra was Founded in 1855 by Mendelssohn’s student, Herman S. Saroni, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra became the second orchestra formed in the United States. The symphony disbanded during the Civil War and both World Wars, but always reorganized during times of peace. In 1949, the organization as we know it today, was formed and has performed for 69 consecutive years.  Long recognized as one of the southeast’s finest musical ensembles, the CSO currently employs up to 90 musicians for any given concert and performs at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.