Alaqua Animal Refuge announces 2020 Sip N Shop

Special to Gannett Florida
Walton Sun

FREEPORT — Alaqua Animal Refuge has announced it will host its 10th annual Sip N Shop beginning at 11 a.m. April 3 at Emeril’s Coastal Italian in Miramar Beach.

Presented locally by Insurance Zone, the event is in partnership with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and is one of five events included in the annual Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown Weekend held each spring in Santa Rosa Beach.

Chairing the event again this year is Lea and Joe Capers, who have led the success of the Sip N Shop for the past five years.

“The Sip N Shop is a super fun occasion when we all, as a community, come together to support Alaqua and the work they do 365 days a year,” Joe said. “Lea and I have two rescue dogs and they are our ‘children.’ We love being involved and supporting this organization so we can help more animals feel the kind of love that we give to ours.”

Celebrating a decade of sipping, this year’s Sip N Shop is once again set to be a festive day of sipping, shopping, socializing and savoring. Guests will be entertained with live music while browsing through curated shopping collections from boutiques and designers, and “sipping” over seven wines from various vintners in attendance.

Current vintners include 30A Coastal Dune Company, AldenAlli Winery, Bricoleur Vineyards, Black Dog Cellars and Thompson31Fifty Wines.

The celebratory event also includes welcome cocktails and champagne from G. H. Mumm; a specially selected three-course seated luncheon with wine; a silent auction; photo area; and of course, a couple of celebration surprises.

The brainchild of Valerie Thompson, the Sip N Shop began in 2010 and was designed for women to come together for a unified cause. The early days of the Sip N Shop included a small luncheon, sipping and shopping along 30A.

Over the past 10 years, it has now grown into one of Alaqua’s premier and signature fundraising events, and has been a sellout for the last two years.

Tickets to the Sip N Shop are on sale now. For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Sip N Shop and the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend, please visit or email