South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Ready to enjoy some sun, sand and fine wine?  Join us for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival!  Same weekend as always -- April 25-28, 2013.  New location -- It will be held at Grand Boulevard Town Center in Sandestin.

The Beach AND WINE?  Oh yeah!

NEW Ticket Information:

Members of the Atlanta Wine Meeting up are being offered a $20 discount off tickets.  This discount code is only good through March 31 so order your tickets TODAY!!!  The code is AWM13 and gives $20 off Grand Tasting Tickets for Saturday and Sunday, including the 2 day Grand Tasting ticket.  Tickets can be ordered online at  

http://www.visitsouthwalton.com/south-walton-beaches-wine-food-festival

Weekend itinerary includes:

Invitation Only Friday Evening Wine Reception - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. hosted by Nance Donaldson, CSW (let me know you are coming and I will send directions)

 

 Friday Night (Dance the Night Away) at Village Door at Baytowne Wharf - 10:00 p.m.

 

Saturday Grand Tasting - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Saturday Night Dine Arounds (Restaurant choices to be determined)

 

Sunday Day of R&R and Head Home

 

Some of us will be staying at the Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort.  There are several rooms available at Tops'l.  You will be responsible for renting your own rooms, although we are willing to help put people together for the rooms. Call Nance Donaldson at[masked] if you want a discount code for condos.

Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort

2013 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

~Complimentary Tram Service will be offered to Grand Boulevard for Tops’l Resort Guests April 25-28th 8am-9pm~

  

Resort Features 

 

Voted a “Top Tennis Resort” by Tennis Magazine and TennisResortsOnline.com, this 52 acre Resort is surrounded by the beautiful emerald green water and soft sugar-white sand of the Gulf of Mexico and the tranquility of the Topsail Hill State Preserve. 



 

 

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  • Reiko

    Wonderful!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting everyone, had a blast, super fun group, come back to Sowal soon!

    April 30, 2013

  • Nance D.

    Great to be able to stroll around the tasting tents with fellow wine lovers from Atlanta. We had lots of diverse wine related activities to choose from For individuals and groups. We were all within close proximity so no one had to drive too far.

    April 29, 2013

  • Julie L.

    I enjoyed the Festival with the copious number of wines to experience. This was my first Wine Tasting event, and though I had to get used to pouring out the wine (especially the ones which were exquisite) - I learned quite a bit and was able to experience many wines I had not tasted before. However, they could have had a better selection of food, it was greatly lacking.

    April 29, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Vickie and Debbie....not sure if I missed you but I will be in front of Kilwins for another 10 to 15 minutes waiting for Reiko and her friends....

    April 28, 2013

  • Frances

    Hey Nance and Kat,

    I am going to pick up my wine purchases from the festival tent soon. Would you like to bring me a bag of bottles for recycling?

    Frances

    April 28, 2013

    • Nance D.

      I'll just meet up with you in Atlanta with them. We are chilling at beach right now. Katt is getting ready to head over to wine Fest at 1:00. She is meeting Vicki and Debbie over there.

      April 28, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    So nice to meet all of you guys last night! Is there anyone else meeting us at the festival today? We are meeting in front of the candy store at 1pm (I can't remember the name of the store offhand...Sorry....). Look for my bright red hair and for Nance's blond hair .... We both have short cuts.

    April 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're here are u guys close?

      April 27, 2013

    • Nance D.

      We have your cake pan all cleaned up. Do you want to swing by today to pick it up?

      April 28, 2013

  • vicki

    Looking forward to this weekend - I will be there Friday night for the wine event; along with my friend Debbie. We are in the Summit Bldg #801. Also have tasting tickets for Sat & Sun. This is also my big birthday (that ends in a zero) weekend; couldn't think of a better way to celebrate - wine & beach! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    April 23, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      Vicki...I am going to the beach in front of the pool and bar at tops'l from 10-1pm if you guys would like to join me.....and I told Reiko we would meet at kilwin's across from PF Changs at 1 pm (hopefully I will remember my ticket this time!)

      April 28, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Is anyone staying over until Monday? My ticket is for the Two Days of Grand Tasting from 1-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. If anyone will be tasting on Sunday I would love the company!

    March 28, 2013

    • Reiko

      Kat.I will be there for Sunday and fly to ATL on Monday.

      April 1, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      Reiko....I will try to be in front of Kilwin's (the candy shop across from PF Changs) at 1pm.

      April 28, 2013

  • Frances

    Oops. West.

    April 27, 2013

  • Frances

    Grouper is great too. Enjoy some food and shade at Far East end.

    April 27, 2013

  • Frances

    NW end.

    April 27, 2013

  • Frances

    Hush puppies at Mitchell's Fish Market rock!

    April 27, 2013

  • Frances

    Is anyone else staying at the Village at Baytowne Warf?

    April 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Will be my first time attending this event but I love wine and the beach, so great combination!!

    April 26, 2013

  • Julie L.

    My friends and I will be attending the Wine Reception on Friday night - and we have tickets for Saturday! Can't wait!

    April 25, 2013

  • Pete

    I saw the reference to Saturday night dine arounds. Is that Wine Explorer specific, or wine fest attendees in general? If the former, we would definitely be interested.

    April 24, 2013

  • Reiko

    I have a ticket for Sunday and I have not decide about Friday and Sat night yet.My first time in Destin!!!!!

    April 24, 2013

  • Julie L.

    I am soooo looking forward to meeting everyone. This is the first Wine Xplorer meetup i have been able to attend. We will be there thursday night and will be attending the Friday evening wine reception and we have tickets to saturday's tasting.

    April 24, 2013

  • Pete

    We will be there from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon. We'll be staying at the Windancer condos. We plan on attending the Friday evening wine reception and have tickets for the Saturday tasting. Sooooo looking forward to this. Many thanks to Katherine and Nance for setting this up!

    April 23, 2013

  • Torio S. J.

    LORD, I WANNA GO SO BAD! MAKE A W$Y OUT OF NO W$Y LORD! IN JESUS NAME. AMEN!

    April 23, 2013

  • Frances

    I will be there for the Friday night wine event. I have a ticket for Saturday.

    April 23, 2013

  • Julie F

    So sorry not to be joining you. Can't quite pull it off at this time.

    April 23, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    I am so excited about this tasting experience this weekend! The beach and wine, wine and the beach, the beach and wine....oh my....

    April 22, 2013

  • Nance D.

    Counting the days until the BEACH and WINE. For Friday night private tasting at The Summit Building, Unit 412 let the guard know you are there for the Seafari Wine Tasting. They will give you a temporary parking pass. Tops'l Resort is just east of main entrance to Sandestin. 9011 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Mirimar Beach, Fl. Bring a food item to share. Wine is on me.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Frances

    I have booked a nearby condo from Friday through Tuesday. If anyone wants to share it would be $60/night all inclusive. I'm still looking for carpoolers.

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Paul

      I may bale out of my Alumni wine fest bus trip, the Bus is full to the limit, I really hate a tight crowd of Party people on a bus! I will let you know. I do not mind driving down.

      April 6, 2013

  • Frances

    Is anyone else still looking for a roommate and/or carpool?

    April 2, 2013

  • Reiko

    Hi there. I will not be there on Friday but will be there on Sat and Sunday!!!!! Never been there and will be wonderful weekend!!!!!

    March 23, 2013

    • Nance D.

      Reiko - Text me on Saturday so we can find you. My number is[masked]-1492. I have tickets for Saturday VIP & Grand Tastings. VIP starts at 11:00 a.m. and Grand Tasting at 1:00 p.m.

      March 25, 2013

    • Reiko

      Nance. I have a ticket for Sunday only and am flying there on Friday with my friend.Hope to see you soon!!!!

      April 1, 2013

  • Pete

    Just paid for Saturday Grand Tasting. Will be arriving Thursday evening or early Friday and would like to attend the Friday evening wine reception at Nance's. Also interested in the condo but may be able to secure alternative lodging.

    March 31, 2013

  • Paul

    Attnding but with an Alumni group trip.

    March 28, 2013

  • Julie L.

    Hi - I am new to the group but am planning on attending. I am trying to bring a friend and her husband along (or just my friend). Which tickets is everyone purchasing? We will be getting down there on Thursday night/Friday early morning and heading back to ATL on Sunday.

    March 27, 2013

    • Nance D.

      Hello Julie: A couple of us have tickets for the VIP tasting on Saturday which starts at 11:00 a.m. We will meet the others for the Grand Tasting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Several have two day tickets. You can use the discount of $20 for Grand Tasting tickets only. The code is AWM13 and is good through March 31. Will you be attending the private wine tasting on Friday evening at 7:00? If not there are additonal activities offered through the sowal.com website.

      March 28, 2013

    • Julie L.

      Hi Nance - I would love to attend the tasting on Friday if that is ok - is there any information, or anything you need from me to confirm that?

      March 28, 2013

  • Mary D

    This is a fabulous wine festival. One of the wines I discovered at this festival is still my favorite to this day. Yes......I am going.

    March 15, 2013

  • vicki

    Reserved condo at Tops'l - CHECK
    Bought 2 day wine tasting tickets - CHECK
    Ready for the Festival!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    I bought my Festival tickets! I am so excited about this trip!

    March 15, 2013

  • Paul

    Decided on the Alumni Wine tour party bus trip and 4 star.
    Less hassle more fun, relaxing!

    March 15, 2013

  • Frances

    Thanks Nance for setting this up. If we stay in a condo is it available for the entire week or just for the weekend. Thanks.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love this idea! I will not be able to attend due to scheduling of another trip. But, this was an excellent idea...

    March 12, 2013

  • Chris L.

    This sounds like fun. Nance, when do you need a deposit?

    March 12, 2013

  • Nance D.

    Please let me know whether you plan to arrive in the Destin area on Thursday or Friday evening. I would like to host a special invitation only wine tasting at my condo and want to make sure the majority of you will be in the area. Also, please let me know if you are looking for a roommate to share a condo. I'll put you on the list and see if I can match some of you up. Email me at [masked] or call[masked]

    March 6, 2013

  • Terri P.

    So when are we supposed to pay our deposits? april is around the corner. How much will it cost for the weekend? Please let me know

    February 27, 2013

    • Katherine M.

      Terri: We will not be pre-booking rooms, but will help people get together if you need someone to share a condo.

      March 6, 2013

  • Lateria

    this will be my first time attending :)

    December 17, 2012

  • Lateria

    I'm really interested in this trip, keep me posted!

    December 17, 2012

  • Debra

    I am so looking forward to going to Destin. I hear it is a great beach location

    September 14, 2012

    • Katherine M.

      Debra! It is my favorite area! Turquoise, warm waters with beautiful white sand....like going to a tropical island!

      November 30, 2012

  • Terri P.

    When do we pay for our rooms?

    October 29, 2012

    • Nance D.

      We are trying to get condos together at Tops'l Resort and won't know exactly how much it will be until we know our total count. There are plenty of condos to choose from in the immediate vicinity. Costs will run approximately $45-$50 per person per night based on whether the condo sleeps 6 or 8.

      October 29, 2012

  • Torio S. J.

    I attended this past year and had an AWESOME time!

    October 22, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Will be my first time attending this event but I love wine and the beach, so great combination!!

    September 14, 2012

  • Nance D.

    I'm looking forward to the new location at Grand Boulevard. I can walk from my condo at Tops'l Resort!!!!

    September 14, 2012

  • Mary D

    This is a fabulous wine festival. One of the wines I discovered at this festival is still my favorite to this day. Yes......I am going.

    September 14, 2012

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