April tends to bring blue skies, plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures to the 30A beaches making it the perfect time to experience two action-packed festivals hosted in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – the Sandestin Wine Festival and the South Walton Beaches Food & Wine Festival. Celebrating wine and food with tastings, seminars, live entertainment and more, each festival offers a unique and memorable weekend.
The Sandestin Wine Festival | April 16 – 19, 2020
Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf includes four days of unique events including wine dinners with celebrity chefs and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.
Learn more about wines, sample from a comprehensive selection in all varieties, styles, and price ranges, meet winemakers and immediately purchase your favorite selections at the ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent at a discounted rate. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival | April 23 -26, 2020
Rated by USA Today as “One of the South’s Standout Food and Beverage Festivals,” the South Walton Beaches Food & Wine Festival at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin offers the opportunity to explore a dazzling roster of wines, events, seminars and entertainment. This festival is a true charity event, benefiting Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation which supports children in need charities in Northwest Florida.
Event headliner Alessia Antinori of Marchesi Antinori, the most famously iconic winemaking family in history, will pour her family’s highly prized Italian wines. With more than 600 quality wines and dozens of spirits to taste over four days, this annual award-winning charity event delivers an unparalleled wine experience.
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 is part of a 3-Day Package and takes place Friday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., followed by the Friday 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 can only be attended by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well.