Visit South Walton’s ‘Perfect Awards’ Promotes Local Businesses


Visit South Walton’s 2020 Perfect in South Walton Award winners represent fan favorite businesses and activities in 30 categories, including best event, best local art gallery, best casual lunch and best fine dining.

Winners are celebrated during an awards ceremony, but in addition to the local accolades much more is happening behind the scenes.

First and foremost, the Perfect Awards allow Visit South Walton to honor the hardworking men and women behind the award-winning restaurants, events and activities that make South Walton a world-class destination. And by opening up the voting to both visitors and locals, everyone who loves South Walton has the opportunity to vote for their favorites.

Perfect Awards CoverThis community program, which began in 2015, also gives the TDC another opportunity to promote local businesses throughout the year, whether that’s in local and national newspapers or magazines, online marketing campaigns or through TDC-specific publications like SAVOR (dining guide), SCENE (arts and culture guide), FOREVER (wedding guide), EXPLORE (outdoors guide), VISIT (visitor guide) and STAY (accommodations guide). These publications are distributed to more than 100,000 annually and are incredibly popular with visitors to South Walton.

“The best part about these awards is that it creates another moment for our visitors and locals to remember the people and experiences that make South Walton special,” says Director of Marketing and Communications David Demarest. “When they spend time thinking about their favorite memories, it won’t be long before they’re back to visit and support local business.”

All Perfect in South Walton Award winners receive an award they can display, and are also featured in the Perfect in South Walton brochure, which is mailed to potential visitors and is available at the South Walton Visitor’s Center and at

One of the first things visitors ask about when planning their vacation is where they should eat and what they should do while visiting. The Perfect brochure is a handy printed guide to local hotspots that have been voted the best of the best by people who love South Walton. You couldn’t ask for a better referral.

By promoting local businesses through programs like the Perfect in South Walton Awards, Visit South Walton aims to support all the small businesses that make this destination a great place to live, work and visit. These locally owned shops, restaurants and events can often only be found in South Walton, and help form the fabric of our community.

To learn more about the Perfect in South Walton Awards, visit, or contact Industry Relations Specialist Lisa Foster at (850) 267-1216 or


A complete list of 2020’s Perfect in South Walton Award winners can be viewed at