Pensacola’s Celebrity Chefs will spice up the food and crowds on Saturday at Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event in September, and you’re invited! The 9th Annual Taste of the Beach will take place Friday evening, Sept. 23, with a special VIP dinner presented by six Pensacola Beach chefs. And the fun will continue all day Saturday, Sept. 24, with cook offs, cooking demonstrations, a chef challenge, sample tastings and live concerts.
Entry is free for Saturday’s day-long festival, with 22 beach restaurants showcasing their signature dishes for $5 each. The Pensacola Celebrity Chefs — Dan Dunn of H2O at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Irv Miller of Jackson's Steakhouse, Jim Shirley of The Fish House, Gus Silivos of Skopelos at New World and Frank Taylor of Global Grill — will take the stage at 1 p.m. to present simultaneous live cooking demonstrations, emceed by Cat Country radio personality Brent Lane.
The festival will also put on chef cooking competitions, a team cook-off, live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. You’ll have so much fun you’ll want to stay the whole day.
Taste of the Beach is a primary off-season festival bringing thousands of locals and visitors to Pensacola Beach and was recently named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast for September by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Friday, Sept. 23rd
VIP Dinner - $65 per ticket / Cash Bar6 p.m. VIP DINNER - The VIP Dinner will again be held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel. Guests will sample signature Taste of the Beach cocktails and enjoy specially-created hors d’oeuvres before a beginning a formal five-course “Chef Celebration Meal” and on-stage cooking demonstration presented by six Pensacola Beach chefs. Tickets are $65 each. Limited tickets are available.
Saturday, Sept. 24th
Event located at Casino Beach directly south of the only traffic light on Pensacola Beach.
Taste of the Beach is fun for the whole family! The weekend is filled with lots of things to do surrounding the Pensacola Celebrity Chefs cooking demonstration and sampling at 1 p.m. The day is filled with chefs’ challenges, cook-offs, live music, tastings, restaurants’ signature dishes, a frozen zone, dining tent, hospitality tent, kids area, and t-shirt sales and much more starting at 11 a.m!