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Events for Saturday, February 24, 2024

Gumbo Festival Event

Gumbo Festival

  • Location: Baytowne Wharf

Presented by The Village of Baytowne Wharf and the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, it’s easy to see why the Sandestin Gumbo Festival is consistently designated the Gulf Coast’s favorite winter food event. Now in its 35th year, this action-packed two-day event includes a kick-off party on Friday, Feb 23rd and the Main Event on Saturday, Feb 24thth.

Included in your ticket purchase, the Main Event features the greatest gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast with unlimited samplings of gumbo and bloody marys. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe will keep you dancing with authentic Zydeco music throughout the day. In addition to the gumbo cook-off, area bars and restaurants will also compete in the Best Bloody Mary at the Beach competition with guests casting votes for their favorites.

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE! The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit shops and merchants.

Shrimp & Grits Festival Event

Shrimp & Grits Festival

  • Location: Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer
  • Starts: 12:00 PM
  • Ends: 4:00 PM

Enjoy delicious food, great drinks and live music on the Destin Harbor as local restaurants compete at the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. The festival will be held behind Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer on Saturday, February 24 from Noon til 4:00 PM, VIP admission begins at 11AM. 

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Enjoy creative twists of this classic southern dish, refreshing drinks, a LIVE DJ and so much more. Local chefs and restaurants will dish out their best shrimp and grits in hopes of securing your vote for best Shrimp and Grits on the Emerald Coast!

All proceeds from the Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a non-profit organization with clubs located in Pensacola, Crestview, South Walton, Defuniak Springs, Destin, and Fort Walton Beach.