30A South Walton 539138 437215509654838 395268873 n 30A St. Patricks Parade and Festival on March 15thThe 7th Annual 30A St Patrick’s Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th. Parade organizers expect over 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes.

The parade begins at 3:30 pm on 30A and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place, where the festivities continue. (Visit the official website for specific details.)

“The 7th Annual 30a St Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival will be bigger than ever,” said Paul Vizard, event founder. “The original mission to showcase local businesses and the area of 30A in NW Florida is being fulfilled in a greater manner than imagined.”

Nationally recognized Texas-based Celtic Rock Band CLEGHORN will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. CLEGHORN combine stadium rock with blues and folk influences laced with a strong Celtic brew.

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30A South Walton The Modern Eldorados CBB 2013 MC 1 Help Lasso a cure at the 7th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball

The Modern Eldorados

The 7th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 6 pm onwards, at Linkside at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society by raising funds for cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services.

A limited number of Baron and Rancher table sponsorships (for 10) are available and individual tickets at $175.

The high energy event will feature live music by The Modern Eldorados and live and silent auctions, including a 2014 BCS Championship FSU football autographed by Jameis Winston and Coach Jimbo Fisher. There will be complimentary drinks and fancy vittles from the area’s leading restaurants and caterers.

For more info, contact Kay Phelan at 850-376-1551.

30A South Walton Georges Alys Beach Renovation 2014 George’s at Alys Beach Gets a Facelift

George’s at Alys Beach unveils new look

After five years in business, owners Ann and George Hartley are pleased to announce that they’ve renovated George’s at Alys Beach, their casual dining spot on 30A.

The remodel includes a 1,000-foot kitchen expansion, 40 additional seats, new restrooms, a sophisticated dining room replacing the earlier bright colours with a neutral palette and a complete interior facelift, which will be unveiled when the restaurant reopens for the season the first week of March.

Ann and George’s prized frog collection will remain an integral part of the space. The couple has commissioned Atlanta-based artist Anne Lomax to build driftwood mirrors with pieces from the collection woven into the frame. The mirrors will become the focal point of the main dining room.

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30A South Walton IMG 9163 A Bevy of Bellinis and Bikinis at V Seagrove!Bellinis + Bikinis is back this season with more models and the latest swimwear to appear on the floors of Ophelia Swimwear boutiques, located in Seacrest Beach and Grayton Beach on Wednesday, March 12, 6 pm onwards.

Emerald Coast’s award-winning deejay, DJ Vladi, will be making his Bellinis + Bikinis debut that evening by mixing a special blend of grooves for the runway show to take place outside on the deck of V Seagrove restaurant in Seagrove Beach.

The event’s signature $5 Bellini cocktail will be featured, and V Seagrove will offer half-priced entrées from 5-6 pm throughout the venue and happy hour at the bar from 5-7 pm. The venue will open its doors to the dining room and the bar as usual at 5 pm.

Guests attending the fashion show who wish to view the show from the deck outside are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm to secure a table.

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30A South Walton 1533844 10152838346516029 1238497798 n 5 30A Wine Festival at Alys BeachThe 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach will showcase premiere wine producers and local culinary talent. The newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, wine seminars, a walk about and grand tasting, band party at nightfall and Sunday’s exclusive event, Pork & Pinot featuring croquet.

Friday, March 7
6-9 PM Bourbon, Beer, & Butts at Fonville Press featuring music by Boukou GrooveDread Clampitt, and Sam Bush

Saturday, March 8
12:30-2:30 PM: Wine Seminars at Caliza Pool
3-5 PM: Walkabout & Grand Tasting
5-8 PM: After Party with live music by Cadillac Willy

Sunday, March 9
11 AM-3 PM: Pork & Pinot featuring Croquet on Kelly Green with live music by Kyle LaMonica

Weekend Pass (access to all events) – $300

Bourbon, Beer, and Butts at Fonville Press – $50

Wine Seminars, Walkabout & After Party – $200

Click here to purchase tickets!

For more info on schedule or tickets, visit 30A Wine Festival.

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Emeril Lagasse

Popular restaurant owner, cookbook author and television star Chef Emeril Lagasse will make a special guest appearance at the 2014 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, April 26.

Chef Lagasse is the founder of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports culinary arts and education for children. He is donating his time to South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, proceeds of which will benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

The 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year will sit down for a fun, informal interview with wine and media celebrity Cristina Mariani-May, CEO of Banfi Vintners, with introductions from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Eat Your Heart Out    Hartley Restaurant Group has a Place for Any Taste and a Story Fit for a Fairy TaleBy Lauren Lege

To behave or to misbehave, that is the question.

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George’s at Alys Beach (Photo: Romona Robbins Photography)

You can do both at George’s at Alys Beach, and if you’re lucky, Ann will be there to steer you to the wilder side of the menu. George and Ann Hartley own Hartley Restaurant Group, framing frogs, fried fish, and fajitas in one lovely scene on 30A. Each of their restaurants are totally different, yet share one distinct commonality — popularity.

Let’s start with Frogs. To start with frogs, we really must begin with George and Ann’s beginning… and those ugly, linen hand-towels.

Though Ann is originally from Panama City Beach, George and Ann met and married in Dallas, Texas, where they would live for the next decade. As customary with any marriage, wedding gifts poured in from friends and family members, showering the new couple with the “necessities” of togetherness — crystal, china, coverlets, pots, pans, and … frog towels from cousin Sally. George returned home one afternoon from a long day of work at his Insurance firm, to find Ann sorting through their latest loot. To George’s dismay, the frog towels from his favorite cousin lay in the “RETURN” pile.

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30A South Walton 523156 10151123378628812 1378256268 n Dine and Dash: The Seaside School Half Marathon Pre Race Party

The Seaside School Half-marathon & 5K Run event kicks off with a pre-race Party on Friday, February 28th at the Seaside School (Lyceum Meeting Room) from 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Whether you are participating in the marathon or not, this is one party you shouldn’t miss!

Visit South Walton will provide qualified visitors with a $50 Gift Card on the night of the event. Please note that these special gift cards are limited to the first 350 qualified visitors in the door and only one per household.

Tickets for the pre-party are $25 and can be purchased online.

Here are a few more things that this fun pre-party packs:

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