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Sandestin’s family-friendly ‘Gourmet Holiday Fest’ offers food, wine & bourbon, photos with Santa

A holiday fest offering gourmet foods, over 40 wines and nearly 20 bourbons will take over The Grand Lawn at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Saturday afternoon. A […]

A holiday fest offering gourmet foods, over 40 wines and nearly 20 bourbons will take over The Grand Lawn at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Saturday afternoon.

  • The resort’s “Merry & Bright: A Sandestin Gourmet Holiday Fest” takes place Dec. 16 from 3-6 p.m. and features wine and liquor tastings from top vineyards and distilleries. 
  • Full bottles can also be purchased at discounted prices.

A special auction bottle of 10-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is up for bid, with all proceeds going to benefit The Sandestin Foundation for Kids charity. Other featured bourbons include selections from Remus, Garrison Brothers and Stagg.

On the wine side, Prisoner, Frank Family Vineyards, Daou, Beaulieu Vineyard’s Tapestry label and Stags Leap Cellars will be open for tasting. The event venue along Florida’s Emerald Coast will offer bite-sized holiday foods to complement the flights.

  • Niceville-native Jared Herzog, from NBC’s “The Voice” as part of John Legend’s team, will provide live musical entertainment.

In addition to the wine and food tastings for adults, family-friendly activities include photos with Santa Claus, a holiday arts and crafts corner for children along with nonalcoholic drinks.

The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $75 for attendees ages 21 and up, which includes all food and drink tastings. Guests ages 13-20 can take part for $35 with food tastings and nonalcoholic beverages, while admission for children 12 and under is just $25.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is located along Florida’s emerald green waters in Miramar Beach. “Merry & Bright” event tickets are available by clicking here.

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“Carolyn, there is two of them this year, the one at the fairgrounds is still on the 27th”
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“I thought this was scheduled for April 27th at Fair grounds in FWB.”
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“Stayed at the Calypso resort last week. Overran with immaturity. Teens were throwing beer bottles from the balcony and dog shit while kids were swimming in the pools below.”
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