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Wine & Spirits Celebrities Named for South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

A dazzling roster of celebrity winemakers, mixologists, and chefs will converge April 21-24, 2022 in idyllic South Walton’s Grand Boulevard Town Center to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine, spirits, food, music, fun and goodwill. South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Cheers to 10!

An award-winning, nationally ranked event, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival draws wine and food industry icons such as Peter Mondavi, Jr., Marc Perrin, Don Hartford, Cristina Mariani-May, Jean-Charles Boissett, Norman Van Aken and South Walton’s own Chef Emeril Lagasse and many more. Given the caliber of A-list participants, it’s no wonder USA Today touted it as “one of the South’s stand out food and beverage festivals.”

Special guests for the 2022 festival include Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton, who was named winemaker of the Year for 2020 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jill Russell of Cambria, Niccolo Maltini with Antinori, which will be featured in the culinary village, with a pairing menu to taste. Guest distillers include Freddie Noe of Jim Beam, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden, and Lisa Wicker with Willow Jane bourbon. Nathan Aldridge is the Manager of Education for the Institut Du Fromage and known for his passionate & fun approach to spreading the gospel of cheese.  

Chateau Minuty Rosé will have a St. Tropez lifestyle tent and Jackson Family Wines will be poured in a featured tent as well. 

Wines from Italy will be featured in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village where Antinori and Natalia Verga wines will be paired with an Italian tasting menu.

In addition to pouring their wines and spirits, participating celebrities will lead tasting seminars on both Saturday and Sunday in the Seminar tent and stage.

The festival kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with Winemakers & Shakers, held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting takes place Friday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., followed by the Friday night Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The VIP Tasting ticket is sold out.

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The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is truly a celebration of wine, food and music that everyone can feel good about. This event is a major fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. 

Presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and Visit South Walton, the festival offers the ideal backdrop for wine, charity and fun along the South Walton beaches, 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: 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®. 

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