Popular restaurant owner, cookbook author and television star Chef Emeril Lagasse will make a special guest appearance at the 2014 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival April 26. The 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year will sit down for a fun, informal interview with wine and media celebrity Cristina Mariani-May, CEO of Banfi Vintners with introductions from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The audience will be able to ask questions of the chef and, in the spirit of this charity festival, no topics are off limits.
Chef Lagasse is the founder of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation which supports culinary arts and education for children. He is donating his time to South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, a charity event, with festival proceeds going to Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation to benefit children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
In addition to his guest appearance at the festival, Chef Lagasse is attending the DCWAF live auction where he is generously donating and presenting a live auction item sure to generate keen interest from bidding patrons. The proceeds will help support local children's charities of the DCWAF.
More than 800 of the world’s finest wines will be poured, dozens of celebrity winemakers will be on hand, the Savor South Walton Culinary Village will offer delectable foods designed to complement wine, craft beer and spirits and live entertainment round out this four day extravaganza. The event will be held in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.
The festival is being presented by Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the Official Lodging Partner for the festival. Tickets are now on sale through the festival website at www.sowalwine.com.
Festival founding partners include Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.