A Toast to Philanthropy

A Toast to Philanthropy

Experience the Ultimate Epicurean Affair at the Harvest Wine and Food Festival

When autumn reaches Florida's Emerald Coast, wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike flock to the annual DCWAF Harvest Wine and Food Festival. A celebration of culinary delights, exquisite wines, and charitable causes, this event has become a must-attend affair for those seeking an unforgettable epicurean experience. This year’s event, held October 19-22, promises to be the best yet.

One of the highlights of the Harvest Wine and Food Festival is the series of exclusive wine dinners hosted by renowned winemakers. Past events have featured acclaimed estates such as Senses Wines, Saint Helena Winery, and Rudd Oakville Estate. These intimate affairs bring together vintners, master chefs, and hungry guests for an enchanting evening of exceptional wine pairings and gourmet courses—savoring each sip of meticulously crafted wine while engaging in conversations with the masterminds behind the bottles. The Sunday Cocktail Brunch is another much-loved event, featuring refreshing cocktails alongside each delicious course.

The true spectacle lies in the festival's main event—the Grand Tasting. A veritable feast for the senses, the Grand Tasting showcases an array of premium wines from esteemed vineyards around the world. As you navigate the grounds, your taste buds will be tantalized by an abundance of flavors, from velvety reds to crisp whites, and delicate rosés to bold blends. Expert vintners are on hand to guide you through the journey, sharing their insights and recommendations. Pair these exceptional wines with delectable bites crafted by acclaimed chefs and restaurants, and you'll find yourself in culinary heaven. 

Against the backdrop of the picturesque Emerald Coast, attendees can enjoy live music performances that add a lively rhythm to the festivities. As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico, casting an orange glow on the pristine beaches, you'll find yourself immersed in a magical ambiance that perfectly complements the flavors and aromas of the evening.

This year's event brings a new spin to a past festival favorite, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting. Harvest After Dark offers a lively yet upscale ambiance, inviting a limited crowd to indulge in an evening of elevated wines, unlikely pairings, and culinary delights crafted by talented celebrity chefs from across the Southeast.

While the festival is undoubtedly a celebration of food and drink, its heart lies in its commitment to charitable causes. The DCWAF Charity Partners, a collection of local organizations dedicated to making a difference in the community, benefit from the festival's proceeds. By attending the Harvest Wine and Food Festival, you're not only indulging in your passions but also contributing to the betterment of the community.

With its reputation as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the region, the DCWAF Harvest Wine & Food Festival is an event that should not be missed. Whether you're a wine connoisseur seeking to expand your palate or a food lover eager to indulge in culinary masterpieces, this gathering promises to satisfy even the most discerning palates. 

The success of the festival wouldn't be possible without the support of its partners. These organizations, passionate about philanthropy and culinary excellence, come together to make the event a resounding success. Their collective efforts help to create an unforgettable experience for attendees. 

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, purchase tickets, or read more about the DCWAF Charity Partners, visit their website at www.dcwaf.org.

DCWAF Charity Partners

AMIkids Emerald Coast

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast

Boys and Girls Clubs on the Emerald Coast

Children in Crisis

Children’s Volunteer Health Network

Ellison McCraney Ingram Foundation

Emerald Coast Autism Center

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County

Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Opportunity Place

Point Washington Medical Clinic

Shelter House of NW Florida

The Arc of the Emerald Coast

Westonwood Ranch

Youth Village

To learn more, visit dcwaf.org/charities.