Sip on wine and sunshine at this year’s South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival April 25-28. It’s a six-year tradition that’s one of the most popular 30A events held on the Gulf. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast.

South Walton Festival

Founded by Chan Cox, owner of Wine World in Destin, this nonprofit wine and food festival features more than 800 bottles of wine, the world’s finest foods that pair well with wine, live music from national artists, and tasting seminars led by renowned chef and wine experts in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village. And, while the four-day event celebrates wine and food, South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival also benefits the community, donating proceeds to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine, and a long list of children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

Festival Schedule

Here’s what you can expect at this fun-filled SoWal event, rain or shine:

Thursday, April 25, 5-7 p.m.

The Winemakers & Shakers Social at Wine World in Destin, FL: This is a showcase of wine tasting and socializing amidst some of the top wineries in the world.

Friday, April 26

VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package, 4-9 p.m., at Grand Boulevard’s Town Center: All VIP festival activities in this package includes Friday’s VIP tasting and Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tastings, the Saturday Express Entry, VIP swag bag, and priority reserved seating at the tasting seminars.

VIP Wine Tasting Kickoff, 4-6 p.m., at the Culinary Village in the Town Center: Top wine celebs present and pour some of the world’s best wines. Plus, indulge in food tastings from some of the best Grand Boulevard and South Walton restaurants. The exclusive tasting includes a commemorative XL Riedel glass and Express Entry to Saturday’s Grand Tastings.

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6-9 p.m., at Town Center and Grand Park: This event continues after the sun sets and extends beyond the grape vine to include more than 100 kinds of specialty craft beer and spirit tastings from award-winning breweries and distilleries across the country. And you’ll want to fill up in between tastings with the food on EATS Street serving up delicious small plate menus from food trucks. And then there’s the live music as a backdrop!

Saturday, April 27

Grand Tasting, 1-4 p.m., at Town Center and Culinary Village: It’s wine time with this three-hour tour through more than 800 wines; your ticket price includes admission to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village, the tasting seminars, Rose All Day Garden, Spirits Row and the Nashville Songwriters Showcase.

VIP Wine Tasting, 4-6 p.m., at the Culinary Village in the Town Center: Top wine celebs present and pour some of the world’s best wines. Plus, indulge in food tastings from some of the best Grand Boulevard and South Walton restaurants. The exclusive tasting includes a commemorative XL Riedel glass and Express Entry to Saturday’s Grand Tastings.

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6-9 p.m., at Town Center and Grand Park: This event continues after the sun sets and extends beyond the grape vine to include more than 100 kinds of specialty craft beer and spirit tastings from award-winning breweries and distilleries across the country. And you’ll want to fill up in between tastings with the food on EATS Street serving up delicious small plate menus from food trucks. And then there’s the live music as a backdrop!

Sunday, April 28

Grand Tasting, 1-4 p.m., at Town Center and Culinary Village: It’s wine time with this three-hour tour through more than 800 wines; your ticket price includes admission to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village, the tasting seminars, Rose All Day Garden, Spirits Row and the Nashville Songwriters Showcase.

VIP Wine Tasting, 4-6 p.m., at the Culinary Village in the Town Center: Top wine celebs present and pour some of the world’s best wines. Plus, indulge in food tastings from some of the best Grand Boulevard and South Walton restaurants. The exclusive tasting includes a commemorative XL Riedel glass and Express Entry to Saturday’s Grand Tastings.

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6-9 p.m., at Town Center and Grand Park: This event continues after the sun sets and extends beyond the grape vine to include more than 100 kinds of specialty craft beer and spirit tastings from award-winning breweries and distilleries across the country. And you’ll want to fill up in between tastings with the food on EATS Street serving up delicious small plate menus from food trucks. And then there’s the live music as a backdrop!

Festival Music

Want to hear more from what you’re going to hear? Here’s a little lowdown on the music lineup.

The Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Town Center Main Stage. Expect to be entertained by the top songwriters from Nashville!

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival Music Lineup:

Music Line Up

  • Aaron Barker—Texas-born, this performer plays everything from Bob Wills to Bog Seger.
  • Gurufish—This popular group fuses funk and pop.
  • Tim James—A talented guitarist that weaves beautiful lyrics into memorable songs.

Earl Bud Lee

Earl Bud Lee has been writing songs for over 30 years in Nashville. You know his songs! “Friends in Low Places” was recorded by Garth Brooks (1991) and Co-written with Dewayne Blackwell.

Megan Linville

When Megan is not writing songs with some of Nashville’s most prolific hit songwriters, she is either performing at one of the city’s landmark venues, hop-scotching across the country on acoustical gigs or traveling with her band and delivering spirited performances while showcasing her strong vocals.

Danny Myrick

A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio.

Bridgette Tatum

It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones.

Vacation Rentals Near the Wine & Food Festival

South Walton Rentals

Go big or go home, right? We think you’ll plan otherwise when you take a look at our amazing portfolio of 30A rentals that house five bedrooms or more. These 30A vacation rentals, situated along one of the most scenic coastal highways, will pamper you with luxury, from high ceilings and high-quality flooring and décor to spacious layouts throughout the bedrooms, baths and living areas to sleek kitchens and big-screen TVs. You’ll also be bathed in luxury when you witness the gorgeous views of the Gulf and beach right outside your private balcony and while you lounge at your private pool.

If you want to explore more, there are plenty of watersport rentals, dining and shopping available nearby. Search now amidst our 30A beach rentals, which also includes Seagrove Beach rentals, South Walton Beach rentals, and Watercolor Beach rentals.

Event Summary
Name
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Location
Grand Voulevard at Sandestin, 495 Grand Blvd,Miramar Beach,FL-32550
Start Date
April 25, 2019
End Date
April 28, 2019
Description
Sip on wine and sunshine at this year’s South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, a six-year tradition April 25-28 that’s one of the most popular 30A events held on the Gulf. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast.