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Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Nov 2-5

November 3, 2017 by SoWal Staff

This November, a new wine and food festival is coming to the South Walton area. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), Harvest Wine & Food Festival is poised to be one of the Southeast’s premier fall events and will provide patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the iconic beach town of WaterColor. Tickets available online at www.dcwaf.org/tickets. Weekend passes and lodging packages are available.

“We are thrilled to present Harvest Wine & Food Festival to the Emerald Coast,” said DCWAF President, John Russell. “We are thankful to our friends at WaterColor for coming on board as our official venue and lodging sponsor for this extraordinary event benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida.” 

Harvest Wine & Food Festival will feature some of the world’s premier vintners, proprietors, and award-winning chefs showcased throughout four eventful days that are sure to delight food and wine enthusiasts alike. The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a variety of wine dinners held along iconic Highway 30a each featuring a celebrity winemaker.

On Friday, November 3, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting held at WaterColor Beach Club 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.

The Grand Tasting, held from 1 to 4 pm Saturday, November 4 in Cerulean Park is the main event and is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, barbeque and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and complimented by the best restaurants along the Emerald Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 150 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available.

On Sunday, November 5, festival goers will top off the weekend with at Bijoux in Miramar Beach with a Bubbles Brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

“We’ve created a new tradition for festival-goers along the Emerald Coast that sets us apart,” Russell said. “Guests should be prepared to taste their way through every staple of coastal cuisine ranging from freshly caught seafood to farm fresh vegetables and cheeses all the way to traditional smoked barbeque prepared by the south’s finest pit masters.”

It wouldn’t be a DCWAF event without the opportunity to bid high and bid often. A silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences will open Friday, November 3 and will run through Sunday, November 5 at noon. The opportunity to purchase wine and other merchandise on-site will also be available throughout the festival.

HARVEST WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL events

Thursday, November 2 - Celebrity Winemaker Dinners  - Tickets: $150
Gamble Family Vineyards at Cafe Thirty-A
Magnolia Blossom & Champagne Delamotte at The Wine Bar at WaterColor
Rudd Oakville Estate at Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood  (sold out)

Friday, November 3, 6-8 p.m. - Al Fresco Reserve Tasting  - Tickets: $200
The Al Fresco Reserve Tasting held at WaterColor Beach Club 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, November 4, 1 - 4 p.m. - Grand Tasting - Tickets: $150 General Admission | $300 VIP 
The Grand Tasting, held in Cerulean Park, is the festival's main event and is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, barbeque and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and supplemented by the best restaurants along the Gulf Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 150 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP activation will also be available. 

Sunday, November 5: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bubbles Brunch at Bijoux. Top off your weekend with a bubbly brunch at Bijoux in Miramar Beach. For reservations, call 850-622-0760.

Silent Auction:
The silent auction is open for mobile bidding. Register HERE to bid and view available items! A silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences will open Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. and will run through Sunday, November 5 at noon.

The opportunity to purchase wine and other merchandise on-site will also be available throughout the festival. 

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s (DCWAF) mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005 and currently ranked #3 on Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Top Charity Wine Auctions in the US,” DCWAF has donated more than $13 million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 75,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Learn more at DCWAF.org or facebook.com/DCWAF.

Harvest Wine and Food Festival's official lodging partner at the WaterColor Inn have put together the following package:  

  • Beachfront Accommodations at WaterColor Inn
  • Two (2) Tickets to Harvest Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, 11/4/17 
  • Access to Six Resort Pools in WaterColor
  • Use of Bike, Kayak and Canoe Rentals
  • Access to WaterColor Workout Facility
  • Nightly Turn-down Service with Freshly Baked Treats
  • Private St. Joe Club & Resort amenities such championship golf clubs and more!

PROMO CODE: HWFPKG | Booking Link: https://reservations.guestdesk.com/sites/WaterColorInn/?pid=9477

 

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I assume there was a falling out with seaside over hosting their event , anyone know why
DCWAF (Chan Cox - wineworld) was involved with Seeing Red and Sandestin Wine Festival. They now have South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival at Grand Boulevard and the new Harvest Wine Festival at WaterColor. The tail no longer wags the dog is what it appears.
Jim, thanks for the input , I'll follow the money and attend the harvest @ WC
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