There will be a "spirited" kick off for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival 2017 with the fourth annual Craft Beer & Spirits Jam.
This year's highly anticipated precursor event to the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held on Friday, April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. and staged throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located within the beach communities of idyllic South Walton in Northwest Florida.
Just one sip of what's on tap and what's in the well of nearly any bar across the nation and it's clear to see that the virtual renaissance of "precision" cocktails and fine crafted beers continue to cause a stir.
South Walton County’s Highway 30A, one of Florida’s most scenic drives, is a stretch of pavement that passes everything from white sands and emerald waters to coastal dune lakes and master-planned communities. The roadway beckons travelers to enjoy the journey, slow down and take in everything from the warm sunshine to the rolling surf. But some stop a while and wind up putting down roots in the community, like the towering pines bordering nearby U.S. 98.
That’s what happened to Jamey Price.
“We realized that we would spend the rest of our lives here,” said Price, explaining that after he and his wife moved to the South Walton area in 2004, they knew they never wanted to leave. Looking at ways to establish his own roots in the community, Price’s ideas kept coming back to beer.
“It was about doing something local, with beer as the common denominator,” said Price. “Beer was always my favorite.”
Grayton Beer Company was the result.
Shelter House announces its newest signature fundraising event, Palate & Palette: Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting, to be held Jan. 28 at Arnett's Gulfside Ranch. The event's presenting sponsor is Emerald Coast Title Services.
The evening begins with a Bourbon and Brews Hour at 6 p.m. with local craft beer and spirits by Grayton Beer Co. and Timber Creek Distillery. The seated dinner and live painting begin at 7 p.m. within the rustic chic events barn.
General admission weekend passes are $275, and the VIP weekend pass is $600. There are lots of add-ons, like VIP dinners and shows, a special Sunday night performance by Shawn Colvin and John Fullbright at Grayton Beer Taproom, yoga sessions with celebrity yoga teacher Eric Paskel, transportation packages and other goodies.
Bubbles, Brews & Culinary Qs is on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Coastal Ballroom at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach. Sip sparkling and select wines and locally crafted micro brews by Grayton Beer Company, tuck into delicious barbecue-inspired light bites and enjoy live music by local favorite Dread Clampitt. Tickets are $35 per person.