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Sandestin Wine Festival

The 28th Sandestin Wine Festival is underway, and thousands are expected to turn out over the next few days.
It's a four day long celebration that runs through the weekend.

But it's also for a good cause, as several local charities will benefit.

They say that fine wine gets better with time. For twenty eight years, the Sandestin Wine Festival has done just that.
It started as a small gathering of wine enthusiasts nearly three decades ago.

Now, the festival has grown into an event that attracts people from all over the country.
Over the next few days, the festival is expected to draw as many as 7,000 people.

Many of them, like Thomas Robinson of Nashville, come from miles away.
"We decided to buy tickets this year, and this is our first year here. And it's been fantastic."

Dinner cruises, live music, arts and crafts, and of course a lot of wine is available.
With over 100 booths, vineyards and wineries from around the world are represented across all price ranges.

Dan Heyser said, "It's far reaching. We have people from not just nationally, but internationally with regards to the wineries. There's some high end wines as well as some very affordable daily wines."

The proceeds from the event are given to charity, with the Sandestin Foundation for kids and the Fischer House of the Emerald Coast benefiting from the festival.

The Fischer House provides housing for the families of military veterans while they go through hospitalization and treatment.
The Sandestin Foundation for kids provides money for education and recreational needs of children in need.

Thomas Robinson said, "The fact that our dollars go towards charity is fantastic, the fact that we get to drink free wine and eat great food is wonderful."

The festival runs through Sunday afternoon, no matter how much 'wining' people do.