Save the date for the 28th annual Sandestin Wine Fest

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 05:41 PM.

Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals," the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set to inspire foodies and wine enthusiasts April 10-13.

Over the years the event has grown to include live entertainment, food demonstrations and celebrity sightings — a little something for everyone.

"It's not just a four-hour wine tasting," said Lanier Motes, event manager at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. "The festival is always changing."

Events such as a champagne and seafood lunch aboard the Solaris at Baytowne Marina, food pairings with regional chefs and a Sunday brunch by the bay, highlight the rich culinary culture of the Emerald Coast . Some restaurants in the Village will even feature a special menu for the weekend.

"This year's festival is about celebrating the region," said Motes. "Many people that come to the Sandestin Wine Festival are from out of town. Working with Visit South Walton, we're able to promote local restaurants."

Perhaps one of the biggest draws is the festival's location. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features more than seven miles of beaches, golf courses, swimming pools and more. Staying at Sandestin is half of the fun of the festival.

"You can get dressed up, walk around the Village and take the elevator back home," Motes said. "It's not really an experience you can get anywhere else. Who doesn't love a wine festival on the beach?"



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