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Pensacola Beach // October 18th & 19th, 2019

TOB 2019


October 18th

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VIP Dinner


October 19th

10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event is moving to October now, and you’re invited!

The 12th Annual Taste of the Beach Festival kicks off Friday night, October 18, 2019 with a special progressive VIP Dinner that will transport diners to four of the island's best restaurants via trolley. The evening begins at the Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center where guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast before being whisked away to the first dining destination. Wine will be paired with each course, which will last approximately 45 minutes, and then guests will board the trolley to depart to the next restaurant. There are four departure start times from the Visitor Information Center: 5:30 PM; 6:15 PM; 7 PM; and 7:45 PM. Only a select amount of tickets are available per departure start time. So don't wait to purchase! Guests are asked to arrive to the Visitor Information Center at least 15 minutes prior to their departure ticket time. Due to limited trolley space, if you miss your departure time you will not be able to board a later trolley.

The 2019 VIP Dinner will showcase the following restaurants:

1. Appetizer - Frank & Lola Love Pensacola Café at Margaritaville Beach Hotel – Chef Eric Troup

  • Seared scallops and sticky pork belly with carrots, ginger puree, roasted Brussels sprouts and cilantro foam.
  • Drink pairing: TBD

2. Soup/Salad - Flounder's Chowder House – Chef Dennis Moore

  • Salad: Crispy gulf oysters served on a bed of Boston lettuce & shaved red onion, olive-cured tomatoes, crumbled Roquefort cheese, pork belly croutons and pepper jelly vinaigrette.
  • Soup: Floyd Flounder’s Phenomenal Flounder Chowder.
  • Drink pairing: TBD

3. Entree - Hemingway's Island Grill – Chef John Smith

  • Wong boat Mahi-Mahi; fresh grilled Mahi served over island rice topped with gulf shrimp, sautéed Roma tomatoes, portabella mushrooms and onions in a roasted garlic butter sauce.
  • Drink pairing: Cake Bread Sauvignon Blanc.

4. Dessert - Crabs We Got ‘Em – Chef Chef Jere Doyle

  • Sweet potato pecan bread pudding with praline crème anglaise.
  • Drink pairing: TBD


Saturday’s day-long festival will take place October 19, from 10 am to 6 pm. The day is filled with chefs’ challenges, team cook offs, live music, tastings, restaurants’ signature dishes, a frozen zone, dining tent, hospitality tent, t-shirt sales and much more - all along the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Pensacola Beach. You’ll have so much fun you’ll want to stay the whole day. Entry is free for Saturday’s festival, with nearly two dozen restaurants showcasing their signature dishes for $5 each.

Taste of the Beach is a primary off-season festival bringing thousands of locals and visitors to Pensacola Beach and has been named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Admission is FREE, however no outside coolers or outside food and drink are allowed.

Water-Bottle Free Event - click for details

*** ATMs on site ***

Volunteers Needed

Interested in becoming a volunteer for the 2019 Taste of the Beach Event?
Click here for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 Taste of the Beach Event?
Click here to download the sponsorship form and find out more.

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