The Sandestin Wine Festival was recently given accolades by Flipkey, a Trip Adviser website, as one of the Top Food and Wine Festivals of 2014.

In the Flipkey Blog, the Sandestin Wine Festival joined the ranks of festivals in California, Texas and New England.

"There were a couple different things that stood out," said Claire Fischer of the Flipkey website. "The first was the location at the Baytown Wharf in beautiful Sandestin it really just doesn't get better than that. The second is the ability to appeal not only to connoisseurs but to the average wine drinker eager to learn more about tasting and pairing wine with food."

Read the Flipkey Blog post 

This is the second year that the Flipkey Blog has judged food and wine festivals around the country. Selections are based on factors such as: the appeal of internationally noteworthy chefs, outstanding presentation, use of seasonal ingredients paired with world renowned wines, and the city it is located in.

Location plays a great role in the Sandestin Wine Festival's success over the past 28 years.

"There is no other festival that lets you stay at the resort," said Baytowne Wharf's Event Coordinator, Lauren Robinson.

"A lot of hard work goes into the event," Robinson added. "It's so rewarding to be recognized."

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 2015 Sandestin Wine Festival is April 16-19. For more information, visit