Cultural components enhance annual Crestview Wine Gala (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Wine Gala 2013

Craig Yort pours a glass of sparkling wine for Amanda Lee Moore, a visitor from Bronxville, N.Y., Saturday during the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Wine Gala.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Zachery Miller experienced several firsts during Saturday night's Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Wine Gala.

"(It was) my first wine tasting, my first wine gala and my first time eating sushi," said the Virginia native, who moved to Crestview two weeks ago. "This (was) awesome."

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The fourth annual event — this year called the "Moonlight and Melodies Cultural Celebration," held at Emerald Coast Aviation — was an evening of cuisine, wine sampling, music and dancing coupled with cultural components as part of the statewide Viva Florida 500 observance.

For Bronxville, N.Y., resident Amanda Lee Moore, who was visiting Laurel Hill family members, childhood memories of the Crestview area never included nibbling sushi, barbecue and a slab of cheesecake nearly as good as she'd find in New York.

"Crestview has grown up," Moore said. "What a wonderful evening!"

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