The UNwineD Food and Beverage Festival sold out for the third year in a row, taking place at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach.
The event is hosted by the Visit Panama City Beach organization and they say, the festival was needed in this trying time.
“Bay County, in general, has gone through a lot this past year and an event like this really brings us together, both locals and visitors and really supports our community,” said Catie Feeny with Visit PCB.
The event featured over 60 vendors for attendees to choose from but Feeny says this year was a little different. “In addition to food, wine and bubbly, all the fun things that come with the food and wine festival, we also have an art and boutique vendor row.”
An artist who showcased his work at the event says it did not only give himself and other artists great exposure, it also is beneficial for the community.
“Art is so important to the community, especially after the hurricane, ya know. It’s just good for the soul. Art and music, all of the arts, photography. It’s just really important,” said local artist, Steve Wiggins.
Dinah Pars is originally from Georgia but spends her winters in Panama City Beach. She attended the event and said it gave her an opportunity to try new things. “I got to try some things that I had wanted to try since I’ve been down here and I’ve got to eat at some restaurants that I have not had the opportunity to sample before so I’ll definitely be going back to those again.”
Visit Panama City Beach is already planning for next year. Stay up to date on all their events here.