WATERCOLOR — A new fall festival is coming to South Walton.
The Harvest Wine and Food Festival, scheduled from Nov. 2-5, will feature some of the world’s premier vintners, proprietors and award-winning chefs showcased throughout four days that should delight food and wine enthusiasts alike.
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a variety of wine dinners — each featuring a celebrity winemaker — held along iconic County Highway 30A. Dinner locations and participating vintners will be announced later this summer.
Friday, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting held at WaterColor Beach Club will offer a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible to the average consumer. An array of perfectly paired hors d’oeuvres and live music — all set to the Gulf coast sunset — will also be offered.
The Grand Tasting, held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in Cerulean Park, is the main event and is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, barbecue and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and complemented by the best restaurants along the Emerald Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 150 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available.
“We’ve created a new tradition for festivalgoers along the Emerald Coast that sets us apart,” said John Russell, president of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), which is producing the festival. “Guests should be prepared to taste their way through every staple of coastal cuisine ranging from freshly caught seafood to farm fresh vegetables and cheeses all the way to traditional smoked barbecue prepared by the south’s finest pit masters.”
The event will conclude at noon Sunday, when winners of a silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, "staycations" and unique experiences will be announced. Bidding will begin Thursday, and the opportunity to purchase wine and other merchandise on-site will also be available throughout the festival.
Ticket prices vary based upon event day and are on sale at www.dcwaf.org/tickets. Weekend passes and lodging packages are also available.
DCWAF has donated money to 15 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community.