Every year, the Sandestin Wine Festival kicks off the beach season with historic events from world-renowned chefs and internationally-famed wines. Aficionados get to meet winemakers and learn unique details about each vineyard. Foodies can taste mouth-watering delicacies from quality chefs like Paula Dean and Diane Henderiks. Everyone has a great time celebrating the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” with amazing vistas of the Emerald Coast and beautiful Florida weather.
Thursday, April 18
The event kicks off at Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf with an assortment of paired meals and wine. Village restaurants including Bistro Bijoux, Marlin Grill, and Graffiti will provide specially prepared menus.
Friday, April 19
From 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a grand wine tasting and cooking demonstration at the Coastal Living Stage. Hundreds of domestic and international wines will make their debut, allowing you to learn about the finest products every country showcases. In the Culinary Pavilion, there will be samples of rich appetizers and tapas food that pairs well with featured wines.
Saturday, April 20
Promoting their “Southern Lunch,” Paula Deen will make a featured appearance from 11 to 1 p.m. She’ll cook up some of her favorite dishes for you to taste at Marlin Grill. Limited tickets are available for sale, which include a catered lunch, wine pairings, a photo opportunity with Paula Deen, and festival entry. At 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. Paula will also entertain guests at the Coastal Living Stage by cooking one of her favorite recipes and pairing it with wine.
Sunday, April 21
The last day of the festival, you’ll enjoy a charming brunch along the bay. Musical bands will perform delightful songs and there’ll be a “Create Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar at the Baytowne Marina.
Visit sandestinwinefestival.com for more information.
When: April 18-21, 2013
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9100 Baytowne Blvd. Suite #120, Destin, FL 32500
Tickets: Prices range from $55 to $195 (see official website for more details)