The South Walton Beach Wine and Food Festival is guaranteeing it will be well worth a visit to the beautiful Emerald Coast.
The wine festival will be the first in South Walton at the Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and will offer its patrons
800 wine selections alongside and extensive amount of foods paired with it to make certain the wine taste sublime.
"This will be a true wine event," said organizer Stacey Brady, director of marketing and public relations at Grand Boulevard. "We are working hard to keep the integrity of the wine aspect in place. The reason people come to this is to be able to learn about wine as well as taste new and different wine, and ideally buy some of that wine."
The three-day event will kick off April 25 and last until April 28 with wine and food seminars, grand tastings, an auction to raise funds for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation as well as an after the party after party.
The event will also feature a Culinary Village that will include an array of food tastings, wine pairings, and access to the professionals who make the wines and food. Wine seminars are planned for those wishing for more focused and in-depth tastings. For those who enjoy the culinary arts, there will be cooking demonstrations and the latest in high-quality cookware, glassware and kitchen accessories.
In addition, a who's who of Nashville songwriters will be playing and telling stories about the hit songs they wrote for the biggest stars in the music business, including Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill and Vince Gill.
The event is being planned by the organizers who have planned other wine festivals and, according to Brady, the South Walton festival will take the best aspects of area festivals and put them all into their April event.
"The wine makers read like a list of who‘s who of the best wines in the world," Brady said.
Vineyards expected to be in attendance include the Arcadian Winery, Lange Estate Winery and Caymus Vineyards wine. The event also will have Cook book author Ruth Van Waerebeek as a guest chef at the event.
"I think we‘ve touched on something pretty special," Brady said. "We are excited about this charity event and the potential to grow it into the finest wine & food festival in the Southeast and beyond.