Harvest Wine and Food Festival kicks off in Watercolor

Published: Oct. 24, 2019 at 6:39 AM CDT
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Would you like the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world's finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the iconic scenery of 30A? Paris Janos was live in Walton County this morning with the details of how you can do just that.

The 2019 Harvest Wine and Food Festival kicks off Thursday in Watercolor and will continue through Saturday. This festival is rated as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast. The festival also gives back, the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation has been raising money for several causes in our area including recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael.

VIP tickets include a private entrance to the festival and access to the exclusive VIP lounge featuring elevated wines, additional food, and access to Saturday college football.

Here is the full schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Celebrity Winemaker Dinners

Tickets: $150

Catena Zapata with Chef David Bancroft presented by 360 Blue & Good Grit Magazine (SOLD OUT)

Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin'tij Food & Wine

PRIME Cellars at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits presented by Stephen & Joan Carter (SOLD OUT)

ROY Estate at Seagar's presented by RJH & Associates (SOLD OUT)

Friday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Al Fresco Reserve Tasting

Tickets: $200

The Al Fresco Reserve Tasting will offer festival-goers a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible to the average consumer. An array of perfectly paired hors d'oeuvres and live music all set to a breathtaking Gulf coast sunset will make for a memorable and elegant evening.

Saturday, October 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mad About Malbec Seminar at 301 Western Lake Dr. in WaterColor

Sommelier and Brand Ambassador Marika Vida-Arnold invites you to taste through the most fascinating features that define the various Malbec wines produced by the world-famous Argentinian Bodega, Catena Zapata. In this intimate seminar, guests will be treated to six different Malbec from the Bodega Catena Zapata range of wines.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grand Tasting | Cerulean Park

Tickets: $150 General Admission | $300 VIP

The Grand Tasting is the festival's main event and is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, barbecue and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and supplemented by the best restaurants along the Gulf Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 250 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available.

For more information, watch Paris's full interview.

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