Tastings Are Paired With Independent Films In This South Florida City
Wine can pretty much be enjoyed anywhere and the city of Vero Beach, FL, has paired it with a four-day festival featuring screenings of independent films.
The Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival (VBWFF), the new ‘’Summer Sundance,” is scheduled for June 8-11. It is the only U.S. wine and film festival of its kind outside of California’s wine country.
VBWFF takes place at 10 different Vero Beach venues, some within walking distance of each other. The main screening venues are the Theatre Guild near downtown Vero, Riverside Theatre and the Vero Beach Museum of Art.
There are wine tastings before most ilm screenings. At WOW VBWFF – the World of Wine Tasting Salon at the Heritage Center in downtown Vero – you can purchasing wines by the bottle or case.
VBWFF shows more than 60 independent short, feature, and documentary films.
VBWFF crowns the best in independent film and honors winemakers with both an expert and celebrity judging panel and crowd-curated Audience Choice Awards.
In addition to the wine and film awards, each year the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival credits a recipient with their highest honor, the “Life Worth Living Legend Award” inspired by the event beneficiary, Suncoast Mental Health Center. The center offers supportive services to children and families along the Treasure Coast, including St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
“It seems particularly fitting to be accepting this ‘Life Worth Living Award’ at this moment in our lives and in a place that I call my favorite place on earth, Vero Beach,” said 2016 honoree, Gloria Estefan, “I am very happy to be honored at this very first annual event, and I hope that the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival continues to flourish and bring enjoyment to this wonderful community that I also call home.”
Jerusha Stewart, festival Founder and Executive Director, added, “The first year was an overwhelming success for the festival and its beneficiary Suncoast Mental Health Center. We are thrilled to be contributing to the cultural landscape and legacy of our generous community. Now that we’ve uncorked the community’s love of cinema, we look forward to growing the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival into a premiere arts destination experience in the years to come.”
A Cinema Pass, with access to all films during the four-day festival, is $100.
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