Sample Over 250 Wines & Gulf Coast Cuisine at Harvest Wine & Food Fest

The third annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival is returning to South Walton October 24-26, 2019, for three eventful days that are sure to delight wine and food aficionados alike. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the event has been labeled one of the premier fall festivals in the southeast.

Visitors can sip and savor over 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional Gulf Coast cuisine, all while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor.

Eight award-winning chefs from across the southeast join a roster of iconic Gulf Coast restaurants to provide world-class cuisine to the area’s premier fall wine and food festival.

2017 Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Photo Credit: STM Photography

Festival goers have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the following celebrities throughout the weekend while sampling their famous fare:

– Hugh Acheson | Athens, GA: 5&10; Empire State South; Spiller Park Coffee; Top Chef Judge
– David Bancroft | Auburn, AL: Acre; Bow + Arrow
– Rusty Bowers | Atlanta, GA: Chop Shop; Pine Street Market
– Jonathan & Justin Fox | Atlanta, GA: Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q
– Kristen Hall | Birmingham, AL: The Essential
– Sam Jones | Winterville, NC: Skylight Inn; Sam Jones BBQ
– Kaley Laird | Asheville, NC: Rhubarb
– Pat Pascarella | Atlanta, GA: The White Bull


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Currently ranked number three “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) 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 features some of the world’s premier vintners, proprietors, and award-winning chefs showcased throughout three separate days of events.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 24: 6 – 9 p.m.
Celebrity Winemaker Dinner
Tickets: $150

Friday, October 25: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Al Fresco Reserve Tasting 
Tickets: $200

1:00 p.m. – 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, 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 250 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available.

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.

Check out this video from the 2017 Festival:

For more info, visit the website or follow event updates on Facebook.

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