‘Something for everyone:’ South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival serves up more than wine

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

Full-bodied, dry, oaky, smooth, fruity and crisp, wines of every style and region will be represented at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25 - 28, 2013 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

The charity wine festival will feature more than 800 wines along with culinary delights, spirits and craft beer. Acclaimed vintners, chefs, mixologists, brewmasters and distillers from around the globe will converge in South Walton for a celebration of wine and food. Presented by Visit South Walton, the world-class event will benefit the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which has impacted the lives of more than 42,000 youth in Northwest Florida since its inception.

"This festival will celebrate diversity. We will have something for everyone," said Chan Cox, festival founder and owner of Wine World. "The best wines, an amazing culinary village, celebrity chefs, and many experts in their field will join us at a stunning location in Grand Boulevard ."

  Wine Tastings & Seminars

On Friday night, a "Winemakers and Shakers" special meet and greet will allow guests to interact with some of the nation's most respected winemakers and acclaimed chefs. Later that evening, the Vibrant Rioja Gran Reserva Wine & Food Pairing will couple foods with old-world and rare Spanish Rioja wines. Celebrity chefs, including Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, 2011 winner of Food Network's "Chopped," and Chef Norman Van Aken of James Beard's "Who's Who in American Food & Beverage," will prepare hors d’oeuvres and a special multi-course, family style dinner. Serving as the Director of Restaurants at the Miami Culinary Institute, Van Aken is recognized as “the founding father of "New World Cuisine" and has been credited with introducing "Fusion" into the modern lexicon. He has authored five cookbooks and his newest book, "My Key West Kitchen," was written with his son Justin.

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