South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival Tickets Now Available

November 23, 2015 by SoWal Staff

Wine, charity and fun converge for South Walton's ultimate wine week. South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival features a weekend of great wines, fine foods, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more. The festival is slated for April 28-May 1, 2016 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. 
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
As an extra incentive during the holidays, festival tickets will be discounted through the end of the year and prices return to full price on Friday, January 1, 2016. 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 festival offers more than 800 wines, on-going wine tastings with dozens of celebrity winemakers on hand to talk about their wines, food tastings, tasting seminars, live entertainment and special features including Champagne Lane.
“For those with discerning taste who appreciate an authentic and lively wine experience, South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation join forces to create The Northwest Florida Beaches Ultimate Wine Week, a wine lover’s dream, the last weekend in April every year,” said Festival Executive Director, Stacey Brady.

Destin Charity Wine Auction takes place on Saturday during the festival with more than 500 patrons bidding on luxury travel packages, collectable wines and other fine living lots. Monies raised at the auction as well as proceeds from the festival go to support more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. Last year, DCWAF donated a record $2.3 million to local children's charities. 
Presented by Visit South Walton and Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the festival offers the ideal backdrop for a beach getaway. South Walton beaches are consistently 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: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, 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.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is an annual charity event held the last weekend of April. The festival features a stunning showcase of the best wines the world has to offer.
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, including a list of attending winemakers and to purchase tickets, visit        

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