Winter Guest Fest returns on Jan. 16

Special to Gannett
Walton Sun

FORT WALTON BEACH — Every January, the Emerald Coast welcomes thousands of winter visitors, the snowbirds.

For over a decade, ResortQuest has worked alongside the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce to present the area’s best-attended trade show for over 1,500 of its winter visitors.

In 2020, the Winter Guest Fest will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center Ballroom on Okaloosa Island. Admission will be $2 per person, payable at the door. This event is always a highlight for snowbirds, with most returning year after year. They always leave with plenty of coupons, giveaways, and surprises for all.

Winter guests will be delighted to see some of their favorite businesses, along with a few new vendors, represented at the event. Some of the vendor categories represented are dining, resorts, shopping, hotels, entertainment and more.

This year, ResortQuest remains the presenting sponsor for the Winter Guest Fest.

“We’re looking forward to seeing all our snowbirds – and to introducing them all to the exciting businesses and services on the Emerald Coast,” said Rachel Velasquez from ResortQuest.

The event is co-sponsored by ResortQuest, the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Snowbirds Gulf Coast Magazine, News Talk 1260, the Northwest Florida Daily News, MenuMag, the city of Fort Walton Beach, and the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Bureau.

For more information or to register as a vendor, contact the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce at 850-244-8191 or email For more details, go to the chamber’s website at