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More than thirty years ago, Chan Cox founded the Sandestin Wine Festival on the sidewalk outside of his small wine store in Sandestin. Today, Southern Living Magazine regards it as one the most successful festivals in the Southeast. Inspired by this success, Cox founded and launched his second festival, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, and made it a charity event in 2013. A best-in-class event in a world-class beach location makes South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival the premier wine and food event in the Southeast. Our story begins here:

Wine Isn’t Just a Thing – it’s Everything.

Chan Cox and his impeccably knowledgeable team at Wine World in Northwest Florida have spent decades cultivating relationships with the best winemakers in the world, such as the renowned Peter Mondavi, Jr., who assisted Chan with the launch of Sandestin Wine Festival in the 80’s and helped kick–off the new festival in 2013. Today, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival features more than 600 bottles of wine to taste as a result of the relationships with the Mondavi family and many other prestigious vintners from around the world.


In addition to the incredible selection of more than 600 wines, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival offers the world’s finest foods, including cheeses, olives, sushi, charcuterie and, of course, confections. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village encompasses a multitude of food tastings, food and wine pairings and exclusive educational and entertaining tasting seminars from noted industry experts and renowned chefs.

The beautifully landscaped grounds of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®, not to be confused with the Sandestin Resort, allow you to stroll freely throughout the entire festival. And ample parking is available to deliver a truly remarkable experience.

It’s More Than A Festival - It’s A Lifestyle.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival presents great wines, fine foods, world-class tasting seminars, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more. It’s a weekend to escape into a lifestyle where you can be yourself, dress up or come as you are, be seen or simply lay low. Our only requirement is that you have great time enjoying a convivial gathering at your pace and lose yourself for the weekend. Please join us!

Passion Extends Further than Wine.

The team at South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival has a passion that extends further than wine and deep into the community. As a 501 (c), 3 charity event, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival benefits Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), which is named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida, including but not limited to:

Children in Crisis, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Youth Village, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Emerald Coast Autism Center, Pathways for Change, Food for Thought, Opportunity Place, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Mental Health Association Okaloosa & Walton Counties, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Westonwood Ranch, and AMIKids Emerald Coast.

Benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida


Chan Cox has the great fortune to live, work and play around his passion for wine. From living in the home of the greatest wine and food festivals, to his incredible team at Wine World and his continuous generosity and community support, Cox never ceases to further his wine education and dedication to all those who value his industry knowledge and expertise. He travels the world tasting the finest wines and food it has to offer. As Chan is quick to note, “If you spend $50 on a bottle of wine, you expect a great bottle of wine but it’s really exciting to find a bottle that you love for $15 or $20 dollars.”

Because of his passion, generosity and committed lifestyle to the value of wine, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival exists thirty four years after Sandestin Wine Festival’s sidewalk inception. Reinvigorated to incorporate his worldly travels and experiences, Chan Cox leverages South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival to share his amazing experiences on wine and food with all who wish to attend.

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