South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival Apr 26 - 29

February 26, 2018 by SoWal Staff

Tickets are on sale now for South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, taking place April 26 – April 29, 2018, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. With more than 800 wines to taste over four days, this annual charity event delivers a wine experience unparalleled among Northwest Florida wine festivals.

In addition to the vast selection of wines from around the world, expect to meet nationally and internationally well-known wine personalities and industry experts interacting personally with attendees.  Winery owners, winemakers, vineyard managers and extremely knowledgeable wine industry experts provide festive, entertaining and educational commentary during the tastings.

Past featured winemakers are a who’s who of the best in the world, including Peter Mondavi, Jr., Mark Perrin, Jean-Charles Boisset, Cristina Mariani-May, Franco Massolino and more. Previous master distillers include Wes Henderson, Jimmy Russell and Willie Pratt.

Tasting Seminars are available for those wishing more focused and in-depth tastings. Enjoy the various food stations inside the Savor South Walton Culinary Village and Nosh Pavilions located throughout the festival. Discover the new Rosé All Day Garden and ever-popular Spirits Row. Ongoing live entertainment rounds out the festival offerings.

The festival kicks off Thursday with Winemakers & Shakers, held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting now takes place Friday as does the Craft Beer & Spirits Jam. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday. For the first time, VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Packages that include most festival events are available.

As an extra incentive, festival tickets will be discounted through the end of the year and prices return to full price on Monday, January 1, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at

"This festival celebrates diversity and we will have something for everyone," said Chan Cox, festival founder and owner of Wine World. "The best wines, an amazing culinary village, celebrity winemakers and chefs, craft beer and spirits, not to mention many experts in their field will join us at a beautiful location in Grand Boulevard."

The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is truly a celebration of wine, food and music. This event is a major fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. Presented by Wine Enthusiast Media, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and Visit South Walton, the festival offers the ideal backdrop for wine, charity and fun along the South Walton beaches; named among the best beaches in the country.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following Founding Partners: Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®. Resortquest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the Official Lodging Partner.


About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is an annual charity event held the last weekend of April. The festival features a stunning showcase of some of the best wines in the world. Celebrity wine producers and chefs present fine wine and food pairings from the world’s most famous appellations. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village offers a sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food tasting seminars and live entertainment. The event is a major fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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