Looking for Wine, food & fun in the sun?

The original Sandestin Wine Festival returns April 18 through 21 to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin.

In addition to hundreds bottles of wine available for sampling, the featured special guest this year will be culinary icon Paula Deen. Healthy eating expert Diane Henderiks will be a presenting chef at the event, which features wine dinners, cooking demonstrations and even a Sunday brunch by the bay.

For tickets or more information, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com or call 267-8186.

The following week from April 25-28, a brand new wine festival takes center stage in the neighborhood at Grand Boulevard: the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, featuring 800-plus bottles of wine and numerous guest vintners, including Peter Mondavi.

In addition to the great wines, there will be an array of food tastings at the Culinary Village, live musical performances from national artists and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and wine, beer and spirit experts.

This festival is presented by the Tourist Development Council Visit South Walton, and wine proprietor Chan Cox, who started the original Sandestin Wine Festival 27 years ago.

For more information or tickets, visit sowalwine.com/ or call 837-3099.

One can never have too much wine.

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