After a successful inaugural year, Harvest Wine & Food Festival is returning to South Walton October 25-27 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.
In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, the team at Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is breaking from tradition to raise funds in support of the Florida Disaster Fund via a virtual paddle raise during Harvest Wine & Food Festival. The paddle raise will be available throughout the festival through DCWAF’s official mobile bidding platform, Give Smart.
Bidders do not need to have a ticket to the festival to participate in the virtual paddle raise or the silent auction. Registration is available at https://HWFF.givesmart.com. DCWAF serves 16 children’s charities in Northwest Florida, many of whom are actively engaged in relief efforts with their sister organizations in Bay and Gulf counties. In addition to the virtual paddle raise, DCWAF will continue to be a resource for those searching for ways to get involved while standing in support of each charity’s efforts.
Domaine Serene joins VGS Chateau Potelle and Robert Craig Winery to complete the list of winery headliners that will be hosting private dinners throughout South Walton to kick off three days of festival events.
Kate Mikos from Destin Charity Wine Auction gave us a lowdown on the finer details, ticket info, and insider tips for this year’s huge event:
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.
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with three highly anticipated wine dinners held throughout South Walton, each featuring a celebrity winemaker. Jean-Noel Formeaux, proprietor of VGS Chateau Potelle, will headline a dinner at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood presented by Krueger, Fosdyck, and Associates Merrill Lynch. Elton Slone and Rachel Miller of Robert Craig Winery will headline a dinner at the new Vin-tij Wine Boutique and Bistro location in Grand Boulevard presented by Crystal Collins Spencer, Attorney at Law, Spencer Law PA. The third celebrity winemaker dinner will be announced later in the summer.
On Friday, October 26, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting held on WaterColor’s Butterfly Lawn will offer festival-goers a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible in the marketplace. An array of perfectly paired hors d’oeuvres and live music all set to a breathtaking star-filled sky will make for a memorable and elegant evening.