At Seaside’s wine festival, the only red attendees will see will be inside a glass.
The anticipated Seeing Red Wine Festival will return Nov. 1 through 4 to educate and entertain every level of wine lover — from novice to sommelier.
“It’s a true staple and tradition of South Walton culture,” said Adam Shiland, festival producer. “We continue to enhance the overall weekend experience for guests.”
This is the 22nd year the Seaside festival has been pleasing palates with a broad selection of reds and whites, and it is bigger and better than ever.
This year, the “incredibly ambitious” four-day event will be uncorked with the traditional Vintners’ Dinner at Bud and Alley’s. The following days will feature a seminar and dinner at CRUSH, a reserve tasting in Ruskin Place Park, Saturday’s signature Grand Tasting, and finish with a Celebration of Bubbles brunch at Great Southern Café.
This is the first year for CRUSH to be involved in the annual event, which Shiland said grows in breadth and depth each year.
In the spirits of education and enjoyment, the Central Square wine bar and restaurant will offer a wine seminar followed by a four-course pairing dinner Friday night featuring acclaimed New Zealand wines.
Kevin Moran, CRUSH managing partner and “an incredibly knowledgeable wine enthusiast,” will present the seminar.
Seaside will change into a wine haven Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., with more than 50 wine booths sprinkled throughout the idyllic town for the celebrated Grand Tasting event.
The whole of Central Square, Ruskin Place, and south of 30A will become a Utopia for wine lovers with an extensive offering of diverse, high-quality wines. Additionally, winery representatives will be on hand to give guests insight into what they are enjoying.
“The Grand Tasting offers much more than a wine tasting experience; it’s also an opportunity for education as well,” said Shiland, saying guests will receive a lesson in each individual wine, more than “It’s a red or a white,” directly from the source.
Though the fest is called “Seeing Red,” and features a myriad of red varieties, the Seaside festival will also have extensive offerings of white and sparkling wines.
“You can be a wine aficionado, or you can really be a novice,” said Shiland. “This gives people the ability to be exposed to … wines from around the world.”
To accompany the wine, a culinary pavilion will be set up with cheese, meat, bread, pasta and chocolate.
An additional treat for the senses, four musical artists, placed throughout the town, will play during the Grand Tasting.
Whether a 22-year guest or a first-time visitor, strolling around enjoying wine, live music, and food is “a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Seaside … a great escape for everyone,” said Shiland.
A limited number of tickets are available for Saturday’s Grand Tasting, as most of the other weekend events are already sold out. Tickets are also still available for Friday’s seminar and dinner at CRUSH and the finale of the event, the champagne brunch at Great Southern Café Sunday. For more information about the festival or to buy tickets, visit SeeingRedWineFestival.com.
Parking will be limited, as Central Square, one of the main wine-tasting locales, will be closed to car traffic Saturday for the festival. To accommodate attendees, the festival has set up a free shuttle service, which will run from WaterColor Crossing shopping center on 395 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., allowing guests a full day of Seaside fun.