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Tickets Now on Sale for 30A Wine Festival

Tickets Now On Sale for 30A Wine Festival

Tickets are now available to purchase online for the eighth annual 30A Wine Festival, scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. Underwritten by The Alys Foundation, the festival is held at Alys Beach and welcomes renowned distillers, vintners, and culinary favorites for a five-day celebration benefiting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

Recently voted one of the best wine festivals in the country by USA Today, 30A Wine Festival will kick off with an intimate wine dinner on Wednesday night in the Red Loggia at Caliza. Thursday will feature Oysters & Champagne, a VIP party presented by Garden & Gun on the Central Park lawn where attendees can discover the best sparkling wine pairings for four oyster varieties from around the South. Friday offers brew and ‘cue lovers a night of tastings from distilleries from across the country, local and national breweries, and top culinary talent at Bourbon, Beer & Butts. At Saturday’s Grand Tasting, guests will gather along South Charles Street and sip on more than 80 wines from across the globe. Weekend festivities will end with RosĂ© & Croquet on Sunday, featuring rosĂ© tastings, brunch, and the beloved croquet tournament (croquet whites encouraged).

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit 30awinefestival.com.

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Re-Opening

All of Alys Beach was without power until late yesterday evening – we are working hard to get back to normal operating hours as soon as possible, though we are still experiencing spotty internet and cable service.  Please note the following reopening plans as of today (subject to change):

We are will begin accepting rental reservations as of Monday, October 15.  Please call (850)213-5555 to inquire about availability.

The real estate sales office will open at 9:00 am on Monday, October 15 under normal operating hours.

Fonville Press will be open at 7:00 am on Monday, October 15 with a limited breakfast and lunch menu.  It will reopen with the full menu on Tuesday, October 16.

Caliza Restaurant will be open at 11:00 am on Monday, October 15 for lunch only with a limited menu.  It will reopen with the full lunch and dinner menu on Tuesday, October 16.

NEAT Bottle Shop and Tasting Room will reopen at noon with a full food and cocktail menu on Tuesday, October 16.

Piper’s Kitchen will remain closed until further notice as we evaluate our staffing situation.

The Alys Shoppe will reopen at 10:00 am on Monday, October 15.

Beach services and bike rentals will resume operations at 9:00 am on Monday, October 15.

The Fitness Center will reopen at 6:00 am on Monday, October 15.

Thank you all for your inquiries – we continue to make plans to assist our employees who received significant damage as well as with regional relief efforts.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all who were affected.

 

 

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HURRICANE WATCH

OCTOBER 8, 2018 – 12:00 PM

As of this morning, the Florida Panhandle is under a hurricane watch and Alys Beach is taking every precaution today and tomorrow to prepare for the impending storm – safety is our number one priority. Latest reports forecast tropical storm conditions for Tuesday night and hurricane force winds early Wednesday.

Starting Tuesday, October 9 and until further notice, all Alys Beach outlets will be closed. This includes the Sales Center, Guest Services, Engineering/Maintenance/Dispatch, Fonville Press, Caliza Pool & Restaurant, Piper’s Kitchen, NEAT. Alys Shoppe and the Bike Shop as well as the Fitness Center and all beach services.

We will be updating our website as new information becomes available – please refer to www.alysbeach.com/weather for these updates.

Alys Beach Weather Updates

We also encourage you to follow the below Facebook pages or websites for area alerts and information.  As long as we able to connect, we will provide necessary updates.

https://www.facebook.com/WaltonCountyEM/

https://www.facebook.com/WaltonEMWeather/

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Digital Graffiti Announces 2019 Call for Entries

 

Digital Graffiti Announces 2019 Call for Entries

The Alys Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 12th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, that will be held May 17-18, 2019. Artists around the world are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in the annual juried festival. The 2019 awards will include Best of Show ($5,000 prize), Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize) and three Special Recognition honors (at $1,000 prize each), selected by the festival’s longtime curator Brett Phares and esteemed panel of judges. The deadline to submit is February 1st, 2019 at 12AM.

Showcased against the elegant white walls of Alys Beach, Digital Graffiti provides a large-scale blank canvas for artists to explore the visual intersection of art and architecture while also creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls in the coastal town along scenic Highway 30A, the iconic walls of Alys Beach’s homes glow with vibrant original art projections providing an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience.

Artists, designers, photographers, and architects are invited to submit their artwork to be projected under the night sky and onto the pristine, reflective white walls of Alys Beach. Both evenings of the festival will feature the town illuminated with stunning examples of projection mapping, generative art, experimental short films and animation, and sound, motion, and light responsive installations.

Interested artists are welcome to submit their work here, with a deadline to submit by February 1, 2019 at 12AM. For more information about the festival, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.

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USA Today 10Best Nominates 30A Wine Festival for Readers’ Choice Awards

Alys Beach is thrilled to announce that our very own 30A Wine Festival has been nominated for USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Wine Festival category. The annual awards offer readers a chance to cast votes daily in support of their favorite festivals, destinations, restaurants, and more. The competition will close Monday, August 20 at 12PM EST, and winners will be announced on Friday, August 31.

We greatly appreciate the support from the Alys Beach community for 30A Wine Festival, and encourage you to continue voting here.

About 30A Wine Festival

Located in Alys Beach, FL, 30A Wine Festival showcases boutique vintners and local culinary favorites. The five-day event features a bourbon, beer, and barbeque tasting, wine seminars, grand tasting event, and a croquet tournament. Underwritten in part by the Alys Foundation, proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The 8th annual 30A Wine Festival is set for February 20 – 24, 2019.

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Florida Green Building Coalition bestows “Platinum” award to multiple Lucian residences

The Florida Green Building Coalition, FGBC, has awarded eight Alys Beach condominium residences, located within the property’s mixed-use building The Lucian, recipients of the Platinum certification.

Designed by Khoury & Vogt Architects, four of the eight condominiums, Lucian Units # 201, 202, 203, and 301 were named Finalists in FGBC’s Highest Scoring Green Multi-Family award category, with Lucian Unit #202’s 230 Platinum score earning Florida Green Building Coalition’s top 2017 multi-family score, and Alys Beach Lucian Development LLL acclaimed as FGBC’s 2017 Multi-Family Builder of the Year.

“Since the founding of Alys Beach in 2004, we’ve made it a priority to build homes that not only can withstand the Gulf weather conditions, but are also responsibly made,” Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, of Khoury & Vogt Architects, says. “The Lucian condominiums follow those same high standards for construction, and this recognition from the Florida Green Building Coalition underscores that commitment.”

In order to obtain residential green certification from the coalition, architects and builders must reach beyond the standard minimum requirements. The Florida Green Building Coalition uses independent third-party experts to review and evaluate a home’s design and construction in critical areas such as energy performance, water conservation, site conditions, healthy home environment, materials, and disaster mitigation.

Winners were announced at the annual Florida Green Building Coalition’s Awards Luncheon held in downtown Orlando on March 23, 2018.

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Digital Graffiti Announces 2018 Finalists

Digital Graffiti Festival Announces 2018 Finalists

The projection art festival will feature original digital artworks from artists around the world on May 18-20, 2018

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach—the internationally renowned projection art festival located on Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida’s South Walton County—has announced the finalists for the 2018 digital art festival to be held May 18-20, as well as the launch of ticket sales starting Tuesday, March 13. More than 20 finalists along with three artists in residence participants from four countries will gather at Alys Beach to showcase their digital artwork and vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000. Stay tuned to the blog to meet our residency artists and learn more about our finalists in the weeks leading up to Digital Graffiti.

“As a shared experience, Digital Graffiti is all about cultivating conversation. It is social cinema within expanded fields of light and sound, the virtual and the real. There is nothing quite like it,” says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator.

The 2018 finalists include:

A panel of art and industry experts, led by Brett Phares, will serve as the jury for the festival and select works for the Best in Show and Curator’s Choice awards. Three honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Celebrating its 11th year, Digital Graffiti gives artists a large-scale blank canvas to explore the intersection of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls, the iconic stark-white walls of Alys Beach glow with dozens of dazzling original art projections. For more information on the festival, including the full schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.

 

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What to know for the 7th Annual 30A Wine Festival

30A Wine Festival Silent Auction

The weekend includes the opportunity to bid on amazing items provided by our participating vintners, distillers, brewers, restaurants, and supporters. You will find the ever-growing listing of items at 30awinefestival.com/auction. Registration requires a credit card be entered on our secure site which will only be charged should you make a donation or are the winning bidder. Register now to bid and get bidding!

 

Enjoy Your Favorite Wines After the Festival

We are excited to feature three retail lounges during Saturday’s Grand Tasting for your convenience! Located on South Charles Street along the festival footprint, each lounge will feature for sale wines being sampled in that particular area during the event. You’ll receive a program in your official 30A Wine Festival bag showing which lounges will feature your favorite varietals. Pay for the wine as you go and pick up your entire purchase when you leave the event at the tent in front of the Lucian, located at the corner of Hwy 30A and Somerset Street. Our staff will pull your order and assist with loading in your vehicle. We ask that vehicular traffic travel south on Somerset Street or as directed. ID and receipt required for pickup.

And, we’ll have all the bourbons and whiskeys featured at Bourbon, Beer & Butts on Friday available in the tent all weekend long! Happy shopping!

Croquet Tournament

Registered croquet teams (all slots for the tournament have been filled): on Sunday, please arrive at the croquet court at your scheduled time with your entire team of four. A delay may result in forfeiture. Proper attire and sportsmanship is requested. The winning team’s name will be added to the trophy that will be kept on site at Alys Beach for the 2019 tournament. 2017 Champion “Buffington, Needham” is prepared to defend their title. Good luck to all teams!

Parking and Location Changes

The best locations for parking throughout the weekend will be found at the Amphitheatre situated at the corner of Hwy 30A and North Somerset Street as well as the parking lot situated just east of George’s at Alys Beach. Signs will direct you to the event locations.

SCHEDULE

Wine Dinner with Ehren Jordan

Fonville Park

Wednesday, February 21, 6-9pm

We’re kicking off the 2018 festival with an intimate dinner featuring Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. Hosted in Fonville Park, join us for a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak and select wine pairings from Failla Wines. Tickets are $265 per person.

 

An Evening with Ken Bernards – SOLD OUT

Caliza Restaurant

Thursday, February 22, 6-9pm

The dinner will feature Ancien and Tournesol wines alongside a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak. Ken Bernards, Ancien Co-Founder and Winemaker and Tournesol Winemaker, will introduce each wine and discuss tasting notes and the history of the vineyard. The dinner will be held in the Red Loggia at Caliza Pool. Must be purchased with a festival weekend pass.

Mix ‘n Mingle

Fire Pit Park

Friday, February 23, 4:30-5:30pm

Join us for the opening act full of libations including Woodford Reserve, tunes by The Blue Ribbon Healers, and lite bites by Caliza Restaurant.

Bourbon, Beer & Butts – SOLD OUT

Kelly Green

Friday, February 23, 6-9pm

Enjoy a night of bourbon, beer, and barbecue tastings from distilleries across the country, local and national breweries, and barbecue from top culinary talent. Live music by Marc Broussard will keep the party rocking all night long.

Seminars

Fire Pit Park

Saturday, February 24, 1-3:30pm

Swirl, sip, learn, repeat. Master your wine knowledge with help from the country’s best vintners while enjoying tastings, small bites, and stories de farce.

Grand Tasting – SOLD OUT

South Charles Street

Saturday, February 24, 3:30-6:30pm

Gather along South Charles Street and sip wines from across the globe. More than 80 wines will be showcased. Local and regional eateries will provide small bites.

RosĂ© & Croquet – SOLD OUT

Kelly Green

Sunday, February 25, 11:30-3pm

The highlight of the festival returns with the sixth Annual Croquet Tournament. Don your croquet whites and gather your best players for a boozy brunch prior to the match, complete with elegant rosés. Included in the weekend pass.

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Cheers to Two New Events at 30A Wine Festival!

The Seventh Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is nearly here, February 21-25, 2018. Do you have your tickets yet? Weekend Passes and Sunday’s RosĂ© & Croquet brunch are already sold out!

 

We’ve also created two new special events this year, which you still have time to add onto your festival experience when you head to www.30awinefestival.com to purchase today!

 

On Wednesday, February 21, we’re kicking off the 2018 festival with an intimate dinner featuring Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. Hosted in Fonville Park from 6-9 p.m., An Evening with Ehren Jordan includes a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak and select wine pairings from Failla Wines. If you already have purchased a Weekend Pass and would like to add on this wine dinner ($265/person), email events@alysbeach.com.

 

You can also join us for the inaugural Mix ‘n Mingle to kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday, February 23 at Fire Pit Park from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event precedes Bourbon, Beer & Butts and includes libations from Woodford Reserve, tunes by The Blue Ribbon Healers, and light bites by Caliza. Additionally, our friends from Woodford will be offering you the opportunity to personalize your own 750mL bourbon bottle at a special rate of $28, only available to the lucky ones attending the opening act! Don’t have a Mix ‘n Mingle ticket yet? Add it when you purchase a B3 ticket from www.30awinefestival.com ($230 total for both events), or email events@alysbeach.com to add to a previously purchased ticket ($95). Space is limited, so act today!

 

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