Let the Good Times — and Gumbo — Roll Feb. 12 and 13 in Sandestin

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort dishes up great gumbo paired and first rate fun at the Gulf Coast’s favorite winter food event, The 27th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13. Visitors and gumbo lovers from across the Southeast are expected to join in the festivities during the extended Presidents Day weekend.


The Sandestin Gumbo Festival is one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Now in its 27th year, the event takes over the Village of Baytowne Wharf, kicking off Friday at Fat Tuesday with a delicious Baytowne Seafood Boil starting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe from noon to 4 p.m., family activities and the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast.


“You simply can’t beat fresh gumbo!” says Julie Stuckey, events manager for the Village of Baytowne Wharf. “And the atmosphere is fun and family-friendly with live music and tents ready to win your vote. Our event sold out last year, and it’s no surprise with all the different restaurants and gumbos represented—whether it is dark roux, light roux, chicken, seafood, longtime veterans and first-year participants.”


Festival guests can vote for the People’s Choice awards in gumbo and become eligible for raffle items from the participating restaurants. After the People’s Choice honors are given, judges will award first, second and third place for the participant categories, and even a Best Display. The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 4 p.m.


Advance tickets are $25 week of event or $30 on event day. Purchase online at SandestinGumboFestival.com or in person at Graffiti & the Funky Blues Shack, Aloha Surf Company or the Sandestin Welcome Center front desk.


The Sandestin Gumbo Festival is proud to partner with the Sandestin Foundation for Kids (SDFK), where a portion of the proceeds benefit SDFK’s causes and organizations that have the most impact and make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of children.

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