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30A Wine Festival Weekend in Alys Beach March 10-13

March 3, 2016 by SoWal Staff

The 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of Alys Beach March 10-13. Now in its fifth year, the four-day Festival features a bourbon and barbeque tasting, wine tasting seminars, grand tasting event, and a croquet tournament. The celebration of wine and cuisine takes place each spring in South Walton, Florida to benefit Children's Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

This year's festival kicks off on Thursday night with an intimate wine dinner: Tor Up from the Floor Up with Tor Kenward at Caliza Restaurant. Friday night is Bourbon Beer & Butts featuring spirits, brews, bbq and live entertainment. Saturday is filled with wine seminars followed by the 30A Wine Festival Grand Wine Tasting along the picturesque Sea Garden Walk. The festival culminates on Sunday with Rosé & Croquet including brunch, bloody marys, local artisan treats and croquet on the lawn. Tickets are available at the event website: 30awinefestival.com.


Thursday, March 10

Tor Up from the Floor Up Wine Dinner 
Caliza Restaurant
An intimate dinner held at Caliza Pool featuring wines from renowned vinter Tor Wines. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by chef Kevin Korman, paired with Tor Kenward Family Wines hand selected by winemaker Tor Kenward. 6-9pm. SOLD OUT


Friday, March 11

Bourbon, Beer & Butts (B3) kicks off the weekend in Alys Beach on Friday with an early event sliding into the main BBB event...

Slip 'n Slide into Bourbon Beer & Butts
4:30-5:30pm @ Fonville Park
Richard Stabile, Master Distiller of New York’s farm-to-bottle distillery, Long Island Spirits, speaks to the long loved dirty water that is Rough Rider Straight Bourbon, Rough Rider Bull Moose Three Barrel Rye Whisky, and Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky. Paired with tasty sliders from Caliza Restaurant, this get-together will whet your appetite for more! $25/person. 

Boubon Beer & Butts main event
Kelly Green 6:00-9:00pm
B3 is back! Kick off the 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach with a night of bourbon, beer and barbecue tastings. Featuring distilleries from across the country, local breweries, and barbecue from some of your favorite pitmasters. Live music from Luther Dickinson of The North Mississppi will keep the party rockin’ all night! Tickets $75 / $100 at door. 
Tickets available online now (for one or both Friday events).

Saturday, March 12

30A Wine Festival Seminars
Fonville Park 1:30-3:30pm
Swirl, sip, learn, repeat. Master your wine knowledge with help from the country’s best vintners while enjoying tastings, small bites, and stories de farce. Tickets included in weekend pass or Saturday pass.

30A Wine Festival Grand Tasting
North Sea Garden Walk 3:30-7pm
Gather along the picturesque Sea Garden Walk and sip wines from across the country. More than 20 vintners will be on hand to discuss their vintages. Local eateries will provide small bites.

Sunday, March 13

Rosé & Croquet
Kelly Green 11:30-3:30pm
The festival's last day is the 4th annual Croquet Tournament. Don your croquet whites and gather your best players for a boozy brunch and biscuit bar prior to the match, complete with elegant Rosés, a Bloody Mary bar, and local artisan goods. Included in the weekend pass. Must have a team of four to register. Registration information will be posted onsite during the wine festival.

Visit 30A Wine Festival online to purchase tickets and to review a complete listing of featured wineries, spirits, breweries, and festival events. Chefs, restaurants and purveyers participating in the festival include:

Phil McDonald, Bud & Alley’s
Brandon Carter, FARM Bluffton
Mark Eichin, Restaurant Paradis
Kevin Korman, Caliza Restaurant
Jim Richard, Trebeaché
Craig Rogers, Border Springs Lamb
Teofilo Tundidor, Café Thirty-A
Dan Vargo, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood


The 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is hosted by Alys Beach and the Alys Foundation and is an annual signature event benefiting Children's Volunteer Health Network. CVHN is an outstanding local organization working to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental, vision and mental health services. 

One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle, along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. A walk through Alys Beach takes you from the white sands of the beach, through an active town center of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, down streets of elegant courtyard homes, and all the way to a nature preserve of wildflowers and towering pine trees.




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