The powerhouse Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is bringing the Harvest Wine & Food Festival back for its second year. The Foundation is currently ranked the third “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine. Their events raise much-needed money for sixteen children’s charities in Northwest Florida. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has donated approximately $18 million to Northwest Florida charities, by hosting world-class wine and culinary events like this festival.
The weekend kicks off with three private wine dinner options on Thursday night, each featuring a celebrity winemaker. Jean-Noel Formeaux, proprietor of VGS Chateau Potelle, will headline dinner at Seagar’s (sold out). Elton Slone and Rachel Miller of Robert Craig Winery will headline dinner at Vin-tij (sold out). Luis Reyneri of Domaine Serene will headline dinner at Fish out of Water. Tickets are still available for $150.
Friday is the sunset Al Fresco Reserve Tasting from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Marina Park in WaterColor. This event offers festival-goers a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not readily available. The wines are perfectly paired with hors-d'oeuvres and live music.
The Grand Tasting will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in WaterColor’s beautiful Cerulean Park, and is an excellent opportunity to taste more than 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional cuisine.
The Silent Auction, featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences will open Friday, October 26 at 9:00 am and will run through Sunday, October 28 at noon.