Sandestin Wine Festival continues tradition as area's top wine event

sandestin wine fest
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

“Uncork some fun in the sun” at this year’s Sandestin Wine Festival, which is reporting record ticket sales for its 2013 spring event.

Slated for this April 18-21, the Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” It will be a picture perfect event complete with white tents, the tasting of hundreds of wines, Gulf seafood and other culinary treats, and live music.

Now in its 27th year, the event is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.

In addition to plenty of fine wines, the festival will also bring some star power to Sandestin. Food Network personality, Paula Deen, will be a featured chef on the Coastal Living Cooking Stage on Saturday, April 20, and will also be a special guest at the festival’s VIP Connoisseur event. 

"Paula's southern charm, engaging personality and cooking expertise is a perfect match for our guests and the Sandestin Wine Festival,” said Lanier Motes, special events manager at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

From “Paula’s Home Cooking” to “Top Chef,” Deen has been a popular personality on the Food Network for more than a decade. She has sold nearly 10 million books focused on her life of Southern cooking, and has her own magazine, “Cooking with Paula Deen.”

Deen will be joined by healthy eating expert Diane Henderiks, a personal chef and registered dietitian on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well. Diane will entertain guests Friday, April 19, on the Coastal Living Magazine Stage during the Grand Wine Tasting event.

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