America’s next great culinary destination

The following article appears in the 2024 summer issue of The Food & Wine Guide for South Walton presented by 30A Food & Wine, available now on news racks around the area.

June 25, 2024

Happy summer fellow foodies and welcome to the latest installment of the Food & Wine Guide for South Walton.

Having the privilege of being the publisher of the only food and wine magazine in South Walton, it can be a daunting task selecting which stories and profiles make it into the magazine each issue. This past year we have had a large influx of new establishments open here in paradise. Be sure to check out “Six new spots to sample” on page 14 for a starting point for all 30A has to offer.

As I have told anyone who will listen over the last 10 years, South Walton is America’s next great culinary destination. Our chefs and restaurateurs draw influences from all over the world to bring elevated dishes and cocktails to diners all year long.

In addition to great chefs and restaurants, South Walton boasts some of the best fall food and wine events in the country. Check out our stories on the upcoming Harvest Wine & Food Festival (page 44) and the Alys Beach Crafted event (page 48) taking place in October and November, respectively. And we are proud to be a media sponsor once again for the Eggs on the Beach cooking competition (page 64) taking place on Nov. 2.

Looking for a comprehensive list of South Walton restaurants? Flip to pages 74 to 82 to start your summer bucket list of favorite places to dine here along the Emerald Coast.

And finally, a special thank you to all of our advertisers who make this magazine possible. With the cost of doing business increasing on a regular basis, it is an honor that our partners have chosen to work with us to help promote their establishments here in South Walton.

Until next time, bon appétit,

Phil Heppding
HNH Media Holdings
30A Food & Wine