30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach Feb 20-24
February 23, 2019 by SoWal Staff
The eighth annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful community of Alys Beach Wednesday, February 20 through Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Showcasing renowned vintners and culinary favorites, the five-day celebration benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The festival kicks off with a special wine dinner featuring a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak. Thursday night, Garden & Gun hosts “Oysters & Champagne in Central Park; Friday night features “Bourbon, Beer & Butts”, a lively barbecue and bourbon tasting featuring some of the country’s best pitmasters and distillers with live music. Saturday offers wine lovers wine tasting seminars followed by an evening grand tasting along the town’s picturesque streetscape. “Rosé & Croquet” on Sunday features rosé tastings, a delicious brunch, and the beloved croquet tournament (croquet whites encouraged). Limited ticket quantity available.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Wine Dinner in the Red Loggia at Caliza Restaurant
Red Loggia at Caliza, 6-9 p.m.
We’re kicking off the 2019 festival with an intimate wine dinner with a four-course meal prepared by Chef Drew Dzejak featuring wines by Ralph Hertelendy and Hertelendy Vineyards.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Oysters & Champagne
Central Park, 5-7:30 p.m.
Discover the best bubbles to pair with oysters from around the South with a night of live music and culinary conversation.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Red Loggia at Caliza, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The hands-on mixology seminar will take you through the creation of three perfect craft cocktails that are sure to impress even the most avid cocktail connoisseurs hosted by Kellie Thorn of Hugh Acheson Restaurants.
Bourbon, Beer & Butts
Kelly Green, 6:30-9 p.m.
Enjoy a night of bourbon, beer, and barbecue with tastings from distilleries from across the country, local and national breweries, paired with savory barbecue creations showcasing top culinary talents and The Travelin’ McCourys to keep the party rockin’ all night.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Red Loggia at Caliza, 1-3:30 p.m.
Swirl, sip, learn, and repeat. Master your knowledge with help from the country’s best vintners while enjoying tastings, small bites, and stories de farce.
South Charles Street, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Gather along the town’s picturesque South Charles Street and sip wines from across the globe. Local and regional eateries will provide small bites.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Rosé & Croquet
Kelly Green, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The highlight of the festival returns with the seventh Annual Croquet Tournament. Don your croquet whites and gather your best players for a boozy brunch prior to the match, complete with elegant rosés. Must have a team of four to register—16 slots available for the tournament.
The Alys Foundation was established to provide funding for the purpose of sustaining the long-term community values of Alys Beach. The funds from The Alys Foundation are used to enhance the experiences of families and to preserve and enhance the quality of life of community members. With a primary focus on the town of Alys Beach, The Foundation also focuses its initiatives on the Walton County community at large. The Alys Foundation provides funding for community facilities, with examples that might include a nature-learning center for children, a performing-arts venue, a library, or an art museum, as well as cultural events, such as concerts, plays, films, lectures, or poetry readings. The Alys Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to support the long-term community values of the town. Funds can be used to finance community, environmental, cultural, and educational programs at Alys Beach as well as to help other nonprofit organizations in the greater Walton County community. The Foundation continues to give back to the community by hosting the Digital Graffiti Festival, 30A Wine Festival, and Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run.
Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc.
Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2005 in direct response to Walton and Okaloosa County’s large population of low income families who are unable to access high quality health services due to the unavailability (or inadequacy) of insurance. The mission of CVHN is to improve the health and well-being of children in need. CVHN strives towards this mission by utilizing a network of more than 95 local volunteer physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers. CVHN also operates the Just for Grins Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and other non-profits, and the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. All services are free to kids enrolled in school in Walton and Okaloosa Counties who are on the free or reduced lunch programs. CVHN has facilitated more than 75,000 free procedures for over 18,000 local children since inception. Over $5.8 million in free health services has been provided to our community. CVHN spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs. The vision of CVHN is for all God’s children to be healthy, happy and see their futures as limitless. Until that day there is more work to be done. For more information, call 850.622.3200 or visit cvhnkids.org.