The Mission of the Olde Town Conyers Wine Festival is to promote and celebrate fine wine and Southern cuisine and showcase the unique talent of our local artisan community. Its intention is to help stimulate the local economy by encouraging tourism in the Rockdale County and Olde Town Conyers area and to contribute to local educational scholarships.
The OTC Wine Group
The ladies of the OTC Wine Group came together with a vision: to present Conyers with an amazing Wine Festival celebrating good food and wine. The Launch Event of the Olde Town Conyers Wine Festival was held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 and was a sell-out. An evening of curated cuisine and wine elegance, the event was celebrated as an amazing success, and it was the beginning of more things to come.
Regina Jones Jackson
Regina is the owner and principal wine consultant at Corks and Cuvee a wine lifestyle company headquartered in Conyers that provides lifestyle offerings for wine enthusiasts. Its consultants specialize in personalized residential cellar management and private wine tasting facilitation. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar, and has WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) III advanced certifications. In early 2018, Regina opened Corks and Cuvée Wine and Gift Shoppe in Conyers. The wine shop is a marketplace comprised of handpicked and tasted Old World and New World wines, wine glassware and accessories, a wine tasting station, and a private tasting room. There are monthly guided wine tastings facilitated by a wine professional. For wine novices, the shop can assist with education and wine selection.
Lorraine has been an entrepreneur her whole life. She moved to Conyers in 1983 and fell in love with the spirit of the community. She is the publisher of About Conyers Magazine, About Boomers Magazine and the Moderator of the Women in Business Radio/TV Show in addition to being part of the OTC Wine Group. She works with small businesses to improve their growth and prosperity.
Paula Sims Ballard
Chef Paula Sims Ballard was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where she discovered her passion for cooking at an early age. “Food is not just for sustenance…it’s a way of life”. She was the Co-Owner/Executive Chef of the Sycamore Grill, a fine dining restaurant housed in an 18th century historic mansion in the heart of downtown Stone Mountain, Georgia from the spring of 2005 to the fall of 2010. Well known for its fabulous cuisine, it became a local favorite and destination spot. During her reign, Chef Paula took the Sycamore Grill to new heights with innovative cuisine and southern hospitality at its finest being featured in The Atlantan, Bon Appétit, and The Treasures of Georgia. Currently, she’s the Founder and Executive Chef of Chef Paula Enterprises which includes For Wineauxs Only, hosting Private Wine Inspired Events and Chef Paula and Friends for Curated Culinary Experiences.
Claire spent her formative years in South Georgia then on to UGA which set the stage for a career in the field of education. She accrued 25 long years with the State of Georgia education system, teaching, administering, and facilitating in lower grades through college. She has been a member of the Rockdale County community since 1995 and before retirement she was the regional director of United Way working in the metro Southern Crescent Counties asking all to “step to the plate” as an advocate, a volunteer and a financial contributor! One of her many passions was managing a program, of her creation for at risk elementary students – KIDS’ COLLEGE. Her service to the community includes: a past member of the Rockdale/Conyers Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, Leadership Rockdale Co-Chair for 20 out of the last 22 years, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families Board, and Rotary Club of Rockdale County. She also handles sales/distribution of the family owned BBQ Sauce & Rub company, Legally Sauced.
Sandy is the City of Conyers Business and Event Coordinator. Native to Georgia, Sandy Daniels, finds her passion in working with special events and promotions. Having been a Better Hometown Manager and a downtown merchant in a historic downtown district, she has both the knowledge and the understanding of preserving the downtown district as well as the lively-hood of the downtown merchant. Combining a professional leadership role and a love for historic preservation, Sandy uses her skill set to orchestrate events to draw attention to the downtown district. Her professional experiences include Downtown Development Authority, Leadership Newton County graduate and committee member, certified Georgia Master Florist, event planner and business coordinator. She has been a wedding planner since before Bridezilla became popular but still finds a real love in celebrating their special day with the brides-to-be.