Soirée on the Bay and 30A Wine Festival
Gathering to benefiting the Children’s Volunteer Heath Network
Coastal Luxury has had the honor of attending many wonderful events over the years, but events that support local charities hold a special place in our hearts. 30A is a one-of-a-kind area that we get to call home, and we want to support our community in every way we can. This year, we were able to attend the 30A Wine Festival and Soirée on the Bay.
All proceeds from both events helped to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a local charity which provides healthcare to children in need. They primarily provide care to school children located in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. They focus on eliminating accessibility barriers by offering mobile healthcare solutions, like their Mobile Dental Clinic. As a non-profit organization, they heavily rely on community partnerships to keep their good work going. Events like the 30A Wine Festival and Soirée on the Bay are able to help supply health services to local children by supporting this wonderful organization.
This year, the Coastal Luxury team was able to attend the 10th annual 30A Wine Festival, which was held from Wednesday, February 23 through Sunday, February 27 in Alys Beach. The festival showcases renowned distillers and fine cuisine over a five-day series of special events and workshops. The exquisite itinerary included a kick-off wine dinner at Caliza Restaurant with food prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Kevin Cavanaugh. It continued with the Oysters and Champagne in central park and then, finally, the Grand Tasting.
The Grand Tasting allows attendees to stroll through the charming South Charles Street while stopping to taste more than 80 extraordinary wines from around the world accompanied by small bites from local and regional eateries. This is the festivals most beloved event and what some may call the “centerpiece” of the 30A Wine Festival. It lives up to its grand name and is truly the most lovely ending to such a special festival.
The first-ever Soirée on the Bay took place on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19. It was hosted at the beautiful Dugas Family Estate in Santa Rosa Beach. This VIP gathering included fine wine, sprits, culinary creations, and live music.
The weekend began with the Porc Et Vin event filled with wine vintners and delicious cuisine. The fine wine selections were sourced from Thompson 31 Fifty Wines, Balcones Whiskey, and Southern Fields Brewery. The beloved Café Thirty-A provided the delicious food for the whole weekend. On Saturday, we enjoyed lite bites, bubbles and bocce ball at the VIP Party followed by the main event which consisted of live music from the 1960’s performed by the Tip Tops Band. Sunset fireworks and the shooting of the cannon put the perfect end to this fabulous gathering.
The haute cuisine and remarkable drinks were also accompanied by lots of dancing, photo booth fun and laughs with some of our most dear friends. We would say that the first Soirée on the Bay was a huge success!
Through these two events, the Coastal Luxury team was able to spend quality time with friends, sip on divine wine, enjoy delightful bites and best of all, help to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. We are so thankful that we live in an area that continues to support each other and always holds the importance of community to a high standard.