The 5th Annual Destin Beer Festival Returns on September 26th

The 5th Annual Destin Beer Festival is a highly anticipated event elevating the craft beer and spirits movement, highlighting local & national breweries alike, and attracting over 1,000 enthusiasts to the Destin area. Proceeds from the event benefit local 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. This year, a series of additional events will be held to make“Destin Beer Week”.

9/22 Colorado Beer Tap Takeover
9/23 Celebrity Brewer Tap Takeover
9/24 Gulfside Party & Concert
9/25 Dogfish Head Anniversary Party
9/26 The Destin Beer Festival

Children in Crisis & The Emerald Coast Autism Center will be proceed recipients for 2015.

For tickets…visit the official Destin Beer Festival website: www.destinbeerfestival.com

2014 Highlights:

  • Event SOLD OUT
  • Over 1200 attendees at the Saturday Main Event
  • Over 40 local and nationally recognized brewers/distillers participated
  • Proceeds benefited the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

Congratulations to the Team at Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James!

Congratulations to Brian Haugen and the team at Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors of Raymond James! Destin Shines recently delivered piping hot pizza to their office…courtesy of Mellow Mushroom Pizza of Destin!

Emerald Coast Wealth Advisors’ mission is to provide clients with the knowledge and expertise they need to make educated financial decisions. To accomplish this, they combine experience in the financial services industry with quality investment alternatives and the latest information and technology available.

They strive to present information in a straightforward, understandable manner so that together with their clients, they can determine the best options available for their portfolios. They constantly consider changes in both the marketplace and in their clients’ needs, making the necessary adjustments to help them realize their financial goals.

Their services include investments, estate preservation, social security, medicare and philanthropy. For more information, contact them at brian.haugen@raymondjames.com or call 850-650-0990. You can also visit their office at 34851 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 200 in Destin, Florida.

Peanut Butter Jam to benefit Food For Thought Outreach

On Friday, July 10, from 4-7pm, NatureWalk at Seagrove invites neighbors, friends, visitors and the local community to come join us for the “Peanut Butter Jam” benefit concert featuring the Forrest Williams Band to support Food For Thought. This Santa Rosa Beach-based charity helps nourish over 750 local students in need so education and not hunger can be their focus. Sponsored by Kolter Homes, the developer of NatureWalk, the event is free, thoughattendees are asked to bring a plastic jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to help fill Food For Thought’s pantry:  over 800 jars of peanut butter a month are used to feed these students.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be available – please visit www.NatureWalkatSeagrove.com for directions.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 20th Annual Festival Of The Arts

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SEASIDE® and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Announce the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 5-8

SEASIDE®, Fla.July 1, 2015—Aged like a good Bordeaux, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 5-8, 2015, in the award-winning town of Seaside, Fla. Produced in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the town of SEASIDE® presents the highly-anticipated, four-day event featuring some of the world’s premier vintners throughout a variety of special events that take place within the iconic beach town located along Highway 30A and the sugar white sand beaches in South Walton, Florida.

“Our role with the festival continues to grow. Each year, we’ve been able to identify new elements that would make the event an even richer experience,” said John Russell, President of DCWAF. “Building on the festival’s long-standing history coupled with the reputation of DCWAF, we’ve been able to attract some of the world’s pre-eminent vintners. This year, we’re adding a VIP tent to the Grand Tasting, allowing some of these celebrities of the wine world to showcase their exclusive wines and rare varietals.”

Celebrating its silver anniversary, the Seeing Red Wine Festival has grown to be a sell-out event, attracting wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets well in advance. The Seeing Red Wine Festival has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel, and has enjoyed the outstanding support of Coastal Livingas a sponsor.

The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase their farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table offerings, which pair beautifully with the featured red wines.

The festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. with theVintner’s Dinner at the famed Bud & Alley’s restaurant. Executive Chef David Bishop will create a special menu in collaboration with the featured vintner. Admission is $125 and a limited number of reservations are available.

On Friday, Nov. 6, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting, from 6 to 8 p.m., is an elegant evening showcasing an incredible selection of library wines, featuring vintages that have been cellared to be uncorked at just the right time. Celebrated local chef, Jim Shirley, will prepare a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres that pair perfectly with the featured wines. The evening is complemented by live jazz music under a clear-topped tent and twinkling lights on Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Admission is $200 and a limited number of reservations are available.

The Grand Tasting, from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7, is the main event and features more than 250 wines for tasting. Guests will spend the afternoon strolling through in Seaside’s Central Square sipping an extensive array of highly sought after wines from around the world, while enjoying live

music, light bites from South Walton’s leading local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on-site. General admission is $150. Available for the first time this year are VIP tickets for $300, which include early admission at 11:30 a.m. as well as access to the VIP amenity tent with a private tasting of rare and premium wines.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the weekend wraps up with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside, followed by the Fall Wine Walkabout & Charity Auction, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach.

The Celebration of Bubbles features sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, among others, which will be complemented by delectable brunch items. Live music and new friends make for a festival morning on the coast. Admission is $60.

From 2-5 p.m., the Fall Walkabout & Charity Auction will feature wines, cocktails, live music and food stations from more of South Walton’s top local restaurants. The event is enhanced by the gorgeous beachside setting on the Hilton’s Sunset Deck, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico and includes a silent auction, featuring wines, vacation packages, and artwork.

“This is a special commemorative year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Seeing Red Wine Festival, and we’re anticipating a great deal of interest and participation,” said Lori Leath Smith, Seaside Community Development Corp. public relations and marketing director. “Seaside is well-suited for strolling, sipping and socializing – a comforting throwback to simpler times where attendees enjoy not only the wines but Seaside’s intimacy and charm.”

Proceeds from the Seeing Red Wine Festival will be presented to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which supports 14 local non-profits, serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The DCWAF’s signature event, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, is held annually the last weekend of April at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. In 2015, the auction raised $2.3 million for children in need and is ranked among the top 5 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator.

Presenting sponsors for the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival include The Merchants of SEASIDE®, The SEASIDE Style, VISIT South Walton, Coastal Living magazine and 45 Central.

To learn more or purchase tickets to the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, visit www.SeeingRedWineFestival.com. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from the Publix at WaterColor Crossings on County Road 395.

Special lodging packages are also available at SeeingRedWineFestival.com. For information about SEASIDE®, visit www.seasidefl.com. For information about the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit dcwaf.org.