| Miramar Beach, Florida

6 Apr

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

It’s time to get the corkscrews and wine glasses ready for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival happening April 26-29 at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach.

Launched in 2013 by Chan Cox who founded the Sandestin Wine Festival over thirty years ago, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is the premier wine and food event in the Southeast. It features a plethora of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, brew masters, and entertainers. Wine lovers and connoisseurs can undoubtedly sip and savor the best of the best during the four-day celebration.

The Stories

Unlike many other wine festivals, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival’s main goal is education – the stories behind the bottle. Not only will attendees be able to sample the plethora of wines and spirits, but they will also learn the history, ingredients, and processes used during multiple seminars. Thus, deepening the passion behind each curation well beyond the tastings and pairings.

The first seminar kicks off on Saturday, April 28th with Anthony Hamilton Russell and Olive Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards and Southern Right and Ashbourne Wineries. The duo will share their South African wines as well as delectable cuisines.

 

 

Next, bourbon lovers will rejoice with a tasting seminar from Master Distiller Rob Samuels from Maker’s Mark. Not only will attendees get to sample a whiskey flight, but they will also learn about the distiller’s rich bourbon history.

Furthermore, the educational seminars continue on Sunday, April 29th with Mathieu Pouchan of Salon Delamotte. Mathieu will be pouring several different bubbly selections while sharing the stories behind these benchmark champagnes.

Finally, David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyard will take attendees on a journey with his Oregon wines and their roots.

 

The Booze

With over 800 wines featured throughout the festival, there is certainly something for every palate. However, if you’re looking for something a little stronger than a glass of vino, don’t miss the Craft Beer & Spirits Jam on Friday night. More than 100 different kinds of craft beers and spirits will be flowing and paired with savory small plates from award-winning restaurants, eateries, and food trucks on EATS Street.

Some of the spirits that will be available to indulge in include Maker’s Mark, American Barrels, WhistlePig Farm Distillery, and Hillrock Estate Distillery – just to name a few.

If brews are more your style, you won’t want to miss the samplings of an array of craft and local beers. Featured breweries include Abita, Sweetwater, New Belgian, Idyll Hounds, Grayton Beer, Destin Brewery, Nivol, and many more.

The Food

Maybe wine isn’t quite your cup of tea? Don’t fret! The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival also offers the world’s finest foods from cheeses to sushi to some of the most savory confections. Simply take a stroll through the Savor South Walton Culinary Village for an array of food tastings. Many South Walton chefs and local favorites will be featured including Scott Plumley of The Craft Bar and The Wine Bar, Chef Wesley True of The Gulf Restaurants, and Yoshie Eddings of Harbor Docks.

The Music

No wine and food festival is complete without some good tunes to move and groove to. This year, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is bringing the top songwriters from Nashville to the Town Center Main Stage. As part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour, this year’s lineup includes:

  • Aaron Barker
  • Dave Fenley
  • Ashley Gearing
  • Gurufish
  • Frank J. Myers
  • Danny Myrick
  • Chris Newbury
  • Brian Sutherland
The Purpose

While the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival’s focus is the wine and great eats, it’s purpose and passion goes much deeper. The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is a charity event that benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. DCWAF is named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine and supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida. Some of the organizations supported by DCWAF include:

 

 

  • Children in Crisis
  • Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast
  • Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc.
  • Youth Village
  • Shelter House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Emerald Coast Autism Center
  • Horizons
  • Food for Thought
  • Opportunity, Inc.
  • Pathways for Change
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
  • Mental Health Association
  • AMIKids Emerald Coast

To learn more about the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, click here.

Want to be a part of this ultimate wine and food weekend? Click here to purchase tickets!

Needing accommodations? Stay with us at Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard or Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Simply use code D50 when booking and receive 10% off the regular rate with a minimum two-night stay and a complimentary bottle of wine from Walton County’s own Chautauqua Winery. Click here to learn more about our properties at Grand Boulevard.