'UNwineD' Spring Festival a Success

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Thousands of folks 'unwined' over the weekend to some good food, fun, and spirits in Panama City Beach.

Visitors indulged in some of the best culinary creations at the 'UNwineD Festival' in Aaron Bessant Park.

They got a taste around the world without ever leaving the country.

"People are really excited about this event, we've got people from all over the country coming here," said David Demaraest with Visit Panama City Beach.

Demarest said this is the first year 'UNwineD' has decided to celebrate in the spring, instead of in the fall.

"So we moved Unwined to the spring this year and it's another way that we're helping to build the spring season," said Demarest.

Visitors sampled different wines, beer crafts, and spirits.

Leading chefs across the Panhandle also set up their tents and offered some of their best dishes.

"This seems like an event we could re-energize, and elevate the level of and bring it to spring and help everybody out," said Demarest.

"We've seen a lot of kids and families and it's been really nice. We'd figured it would be a nice atmosphere to bring our kids to," said Katie Turner with her family from Atlanta, GA.

A trio from Troy, Alabama said the festival was the perfect weekend getaway.

"We love beer, and wine, so we're like ... and 'Avett Brothers'. So we're like one, two, three check! Let's come," said Green.

About 7500 people bought tickets to the sold-out UNwineD Festival.

The Garden and Gun magazine also joined the celebration this year.

They kicked-off the two-day event on Friday.


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