Harvest Wine & Food Festival is coming to South Walton in November, produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF). The festival 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. Like all of their events, the line-up of wineries confirmed to participate in the festival’s inaugural year is spectacular.
There will be a virtual paddle raise throughout the weekend to raise money for wildfire relief in Napa and Sonoma counties.
The paddle raise will be available throughout the festival through DCWAF’s official mobile bidding platform, 501 Auctions. Donation cards will also be available at each seat during Thursday’s Celebrity Winemaker Dinners hosted at Café Thirty-A, The Wine Bar- WaterColor, and Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood.
Bidders do not need to have a ticket to the festival to participate in the virtual paddle raise and silent auction. Register here.
“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,” said Foundation President, John Russell.
Ticket will be available to purchase at the door for Friday and Saturday’s events, and prices will increase $15 on the day of the event. Weekend passes and lodging packages are also available.
Currently ranked #3 among all “Top Charity Wine Auctions in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 15 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care and much more.
The festival kicks-off Thursday, November 2, with a variety of wine dinners held along Scenic Highway 30-A. Celebrity wine representatives from Gamble Family Vineyards, Rudd Oakville Estate and Magnolia Blossom will each headline a multi-course wine dinner in various locations in the South Walton area: Gamble Family Vineyards | Michael Kasper | Cafe T.
Gamble Family Vineyards – Cafe Thirty-A
Magnolia Blossom & Champagne Delamotte – The Wine Bar- WaterColor
Rudd Oakville Estate – Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood presented by Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates – Merrill Lynch
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 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 in WaterColor’s 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.
“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,” said Russell.
Tickets: $150 General Admission | $300 VIP
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.