This fall, reds, whites, and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Wine Festival, four days of wine and culinary events being held in Seaside November. 8 – 11, 2018. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival draws attendees from around the world who make the trip to the iconic beach town a yearly tradition.
Guests will enjoy sipping on delicious wines, and tasting unique and delectable food pairings. Wine aficionados and foodies will savor carefully selected Gulf Coast-to-table dishes from Seaside’s famous restaurants while sipping beautifully-paired, quality-curated wines from around the globe. This year, the festival will also feature a VIP experience in Ruskin Place.
This year’s festivities include Bud & Alley’s Wine Dinner on Thursday evening, the Gulf Coast to Table Dinner on Friday, the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, and a Celebration Of Bubbles Brunch on Sunday, all in coveted Seaside style. Each year has been a sell-out event, and this year will be no exception. Tickets are limited. Get your tickets early. Proceeds from the wine festival benefit Seaside Neighborhood School.
“Our goal each year is to make the event better than ever ,” says Kevin Boyle, Seaside Events Director. “This year, we’re excited to bring back our retail tent, making it easier for our festival-goers to purchase the wines they loved. We’re also going to feature more than 100 wines, paired with culinary selections from our award winning restaurants.”
2018 Festival Sponsors include the Merchants of Seaside, the Seaside Visitors Bureau, and SoWal.com.
Bud & Alley’s Wine Dinner Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Seeing Red Wine Festival festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 9 with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant featuring a highlighted vintner to be announced.
Gulf Coast to Table Dinner – Ruskin Place Friday, Nov. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday brings an exciting, new-to-Seaside event—a farm-to-table, sit down dinner featuring an elegant evening of locally sourced offerings paired perfectly by a renowned guest chef and complemented by live music under twinkling stars in Seaside—an exclusive event not to be missed.
Grand Tasting – Downtown Seaside Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
Seaside’s Central Square will come alive with quality wines for tasting curated by Seaside’s own restaurants and eateries, hand-selected food offerings chosen by Seaside’s popular and well-known local chefs, as well as live music, and the opportunity to purchase wines on site.
Celebration of Bubbles Brunch – Ruskin Place Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday wraps up the weekend with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café. Sparkling wine enthusiasts will explore Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more, alongside a perfectly paired menu from Chef Jim Shirley.
Special lodging packages are available through the Seaside Visitors Bureau partners Cottage Rental Agency, Homeowner’s Collection and Sunburst Beach Vacations. Attendees can visit www.SeeingRedWineFestival.com and click on Accommodations.
Park and Ride
Guests can take shuttles to and from Seaside for the event. The Seeing Red Wine Festival is offering complimentary shuttles to all guests at the new County Public Lot on CR 283 in Grayton Beach. Shuttles will run continuously allowing guests the opportunity to arrive early, stroll through Seaside and stay late for dinner following the event.
Seaside, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Acclaimed worldwide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, Seaside offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 475 cottages, many of them vacation rentals, the community offers nearly 20 restaurants, bars or eateries, and more than 40 shops, galleries and services.
Seaside is currently being featured on the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, on PBS’ “10 Towns that Changed America,” was just named as one of the Travel Channel’s “2018 Best Family Beaches,” was recently named the “Best Beach on Earth” for families by Travel + Leisure magazine and included in Coastal Living’s “15 Best Places to Visit in Florida.” The holiday town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show.”
Seaside is a prominent topic in architectural schools and in housing-industry magazines, is visited by design professionals from throughout the United States, and is included in the American Institute of Architects (Florida chapter) list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.