27th Sandestin Wine Festival brings celebrity chefs and enormous crowds to Emerald Coast
BY: LYNN MARIE
Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Destin gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water.
The beaches in Destin have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker and a wine lover this is a great destination for you.
Photo right: author Lynn Marie Squillace.
This year healthy eating expert Diane Henderiks entertained guests at the Coastal Living Magazine Stage during the Grand Wine Tasting event.
Diane has raised the culinary bar for healthy cooking and is renowned for her expertise in creating wholesome cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious. “Any dish can be revamped to be good for you”, she says, “it just takes a little education and finesse.”
Deen, with her husband Michael Groover, thrilled attendees with two cooking demonstrations of shrimp and grits at the Coastal Living Magazine Stage.
Many organizers set up tents for the vendors around the Baytowne Wharf grounds, but the festival goers still had to walk from tent to tent using umbrellas and ponchos to try and stay dry. My feet were “soaked” and I finally gave up and sought shelter at one of the local restaurants at Baytowne Wharf.
The weather did cooperate on Saturday and Sunday at the festival, as the rainstorms that put a damper on Friday night’s festivities cleared way for beautiful cloudless days the rest of the weekend. The festival wrapped up on Sunday with a lovely champagne brunch.
There was also a retail tent to purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special wine festival discount.