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Fall Beer Festival Line-up

The second annual festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at Idyll Hounds Brewing Co., located at 845 Serenoa Rd. in Santa Rosa Beach. Read More

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Great Time to be Fishin’ at Grayton

It's a wonderful time to be at the beach! The last big crush of visitors from Labor Day weekend is over, there are no lines at the restaurants, Red Snapper season is open on the weekends and there are lots of other fish to catch duri... Read More

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SATURDAY: Who Can Make the Best Bloody Mary on 30A?

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second annual event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made with Cathead Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the panhandle. Confirmed competing restaurants include Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, Crab Island Cantina, DIG eatery, Doc’s Oyster Bar, Louis Louis, Lulu’s Destin, Marie’s Bistro, Restaurant Paradis, Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, Roux 30a, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Sunset Bay Cafe, The Beach House, The Down Under Bar, The Hub, The NOLA Boiling Co., Tommy Bahama and Trebeaché. Check out this 30A video from last year’s festival: Each ticket will include one vote for the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Bloody Mary’ in South Walton. A Mardi Gras marching band will kick off the festivities with a second line around The Market Shops at 11 a.m. and more live music will follow. A number of area restaurant will have food for sale including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Charlie Graingers, DIG eatery and Marie’s Bistro. Beer and champagne will also be provided. Epic Photo Co. will have a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Shore Thing Cigars will set up a lifestyle lounge providing premium cigars. For the avid football fans that wish to attend, Charlie Graingers will be streaming the games. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now here. Admission to the event is $35 per person if purchased in advance and $50 on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $75 and include complimentary valet parking by 30A Valet, VIP reception with champagne cocktail and appetizers provided by DIG eatery at VIP check-in hosted by The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s Foster Gallery and access to the VIP Deck at Bijoux including passed appetizers. Courtyard Marriott at Grand Boulevard will be offering special rates starting at $119.00 to The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival ticket holders. Those interested in booking can do so here. Additionally, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa will be offering 20% off to festival attendees who book with discount code “BM” here. The Market Shops and its affiliates encourage attendees to drink responsibly. Shuttles for overflow parking will be provided from The Beach House to The Market Shops via Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine. Additionally, the extensive fleet of Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is equipped to transport any size group, should you wish to reserve one of their vehicles to get you home safe. Another safe alternative for getting home is the private driving service, Uber. Uber is donating $5 to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for every new user that signs up for the app using the code ‘TMSBMF16’ through November 24, 2016. Additional sponsors are 30A, 30AEats, 30A Valet, Churchill Oaks, Courtyard Marriott, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Emerald Ladies Journal, Good Grit Magazine, Hill Coleman CPA, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, McNeese Distributing, Northwest Florida Daily News, Proffitt PR, Shore Thing Cigars, SoWal.com, Sunshine Shuttle Company, The Destin Log, The Walton Sun, V. LALA Galleries, VIE, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine and Visit South Walton. To buy tickets, click here. To find out more, visit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Read More

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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Fort Walton Beach City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall. Santa Rosa County Commission final budget hearing, 6 p.m., commission board room, 6495 ... Read More



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THIS WEEKEND: Hit the Runway for South Walton Fashion Week

This year’s South Walton Fashion Week, taking place October 5 through 9 in venues throughout South Walton, will feature celebrity designer Christian Siriano. The 30A Company will have its own runway show, too, featuring our new dumpster diver line, our latest innovation in design and beach-inspired fashion. Soriano has been dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle magazine and “the next billion-dollar designer” by Yahoo! Style. His designs have been worn by some of the world’s biggest stars, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Rhianna, Oprah, Lady Gaga and Scarlett Johansson. In its fourth year, South Walton Fashion Week is a large-scale, multi-day event that celebrates high fashion by featuring national, regional and local designers, retail boutiques, emerging designers, and a model competition. Runway shows, trunk shows, parties, and presentations will take place in beach neighborhoods throughout South Walton Wednesday through Saturday. Get the scoop on South Walton Fashion Week in this 30A Radio interview! The 30A Company will be featured on Friday night at 30A Avenue, hitting the runway with our new eco-friendly Dumpster Diver line. The line is made from recycled water bottles and other plastics blended with recycled cotton, producing soft and light garments perfect for the beach lifestyle and culture. Each piece saves 6 to 10 water bottles from the landfill. Learn more here. Get the full schedule by downloading the SWFW app for Apple or Android devices. A VIP Christian Siriano trunk show will take place at Alys Beach’s Caliza Pool and Alys Shoppe on Friday, October 7, and Mr. Siriano’s designs will also be featured on the Fashion Week runway on Saturday, October 8. Sirian will be joined on the special guest panel by international artist Ashley Longshore (Anthropologie), television star Becca Tilley (The Bachelor), fashion photographer Carlo Pieroni, supermodel Carol Wilson, model agent Jenni Lubo (Click Models), and more to be announced soon. Prime-time runway shows will take place at 30A Venue (30Avenue) on Thursday and Friday and at 560 Grand Boulevard (Grand Boulevard) on Saturday. VIE Magazine will host the official Launch Party, ‘The Get Down’ at their headquarters in Grayton Beach on Wednesday, October 5, followed by an After-Party at Salon 76.  Day-time venues include Silver Sands Premium Outlets, The Shops at The Hub, Tommy Bahama, and more. A full list of runway shows and schedule of events will be released in September. Emerging designers who are selected as semi-finalists will showcase their designs on the SWFW runway at “30A Venue” on Thursday and Friday, and the judges will determine three finalists who will show on Saturday night.  The winner will be announced at the conclusion of Saturday’s runway show, and the winner will receive a prize package that includes $2,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue, and a prime-time runway show at 2017 SWFW. Chosen model applicants will be invited to a September casting call, and those who are cast will walk the SWFW runway to compete for the Sheila Goode Model of the Year award package, including $1,000 cash, a feature in VIE’s 2017 Fashion Issue and a meeting with Click Atlanta. General admission tickets start at $20 for day-time events and $50 for prime-time events, and VIP tickets start at $100. Tickets and special lodging partner packages offered by Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company and Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard can be found at swfw.org. South Walton Fashion Week is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with Monark Events and presented by Visit South Walton, Grand Boulevard and VIE Magazine. Other partners include 30Avenue, ZT Motors, VIVO Spa Salon, Oko, Pure & Couture, Willow + Mercer, Linda Miller – The Smile of 30A,  Bud & Alley’s, Emerald Coast Magazine, The 30A Company, Tommy Bahama, Alys Beach, and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Net proceeds benefit the CAA, which is the designated Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the Alliance is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit. For more info, visit South Walton Fashion Week. Read More



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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

In the aftermath of the nationwide closure of ITT Technical Institute, Northwest Florida State College stands ready to assist former ITT students who ... Read More