'Celebrating the region': Save the date for the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival
Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals," the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set to inspire foodies and wine enthusiasts April 10-13.
Over the years the event has grown to include live entertainment, food demonstrations and celebrity sightings — a little something for everyone.
"It's not just a four-hour wine tasting," said Lanier Motes, event manager at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. "The festival is always changing."
Events such as a champagne and seafood lunch aboard the Solaris at Baytowne Marina, food pairings with regional chefs and a Sunday brunch by the bay, highlight the rich culinary culture of the Emerald Coast. Some restaurants in the Village will even feature a special menu for the weekend.
"This year's festival is about celebrating the region," said Motes. "Many people that come to the Sandestin Wine Festival are from out of town. Working with Visit South Walton, we're able to promote local restaurants."
Perhaps one of the biggest draws is the festival's location. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features more than seven miles of beaches, golf courses, swimming pools and more. Staying at Sandestin is half of the fun of the festival.
"You can get dressed up, walk around the Village and take the elevator back home," Motes said. "It's not really an experience you can get anywhere else. Who doesn't love a wine festival on the beach?"
At Friday and Saturday's Grand Wine Tastings, hundreds of domestic and international wines in all varieties, styles and price ranges are available to sip. You can also purchase your favorite wines or spirits at a special festival discount throughout the weekend.
Proceeds from the Sandestin Wine Festival will be put to good use and donated to The Fisher House, which provides free or low-cost housing to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, which helps make a positive impact in the lives of children.
"We've worked with The Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids for several years now," said Motes. "These are local organizations so the funds go right back into the community to help those in need."
WANT TO GO? The 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will be April 10-13 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf inside Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.