All Things Gumbo
Pursue the Roux at the 34th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival
Friday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast, the Gumbo winter festival is back for its 34th year.
Kick off your tasting days, Friday, Feb. 24, with a Low-Country Boil Kick-Off Party at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille from 5-7 p.m. with live music starting at 4 p.m. Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille will serve boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, Gulf Coast restaurants will feature their top-secret gumbo recipes and compete for your vote. Sample the variety of gumbos and vote for your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Dark or light roux? Chicken, sausage or seafood? Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best.” This festival’s atmosphere is so fun, with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe while you taste, free kid’s activities, and restaurants from all over our area vying for your coveted vote.
With vodka sponsored by 30A Distilling Co., the popular Bloody Mary competition is back again this year, featuring the Best Bloody Marys at the beach. Taste some of the finest local bars’ and restaurants’ Bloody Marys and judge those, too. Vote for your favorite and help contestants win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach.” Visit SandestinGumboFestival.com for tickets and details, including a daily schedule of events and entertainment. General admission tickets are $45 before Feb. 24 and $55 day of. Admission includes tastings of all gumbos and Bloody Marys. If you’re interested in entering the event, visit baytownewharf.com. The event will happen rain or shine.
It’s Mardi Gras Time
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
No Cost to Attend
This year, the Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade and the Mardi Gras Dog Parade will join forces for one festive event. The Village streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans, along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, vehicles, pick-up trucks and Mardi Gras cheer. Let the good times roll with dressed-up marchers in their Mardi Gras best and Mardi Gras music filling the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies and other trinkets.
Baytowne is looking for Krewes to join in the festivities. To participate, register by Friday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. at baytownewharf.com.
Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.
No Cost to Attend
Break out the beads and get ready for a night to remember at the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi. Starting at 6 p.m., join the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a festive Fat Tuesday celebration, complete with music from Boukou Groove, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-pardi celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments.