Saturday, Oct. 19th
Event located at Casino Beach directly south of the only traffic light on Pensacola Beach.
Florida’s best seafood returns to Florida’s best beach this October at the 12th Annual Taste of the Beach Festival on Saturday, October 19, presented by the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach. The festival showcases Pensacola Beach restaurants and their unique coastal cuisines.
Saturday’s day-long festival will take place October 19, from 10 am to 6 pm. The day is filled with a featured chefs demonstration and tasting, chef 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 all day long.
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.
*** Two ID Checking Stations will be set up on Saturday. Anyone wishing to drink alcoholic beverages will be required to get a wristband.***
Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, six Pensacola Beach Featured Chefs will spice up the food and crowds with simultaneous live cooking demonstrations showcasing the Gulf Coast’s finest seafood. So you’re in for a treat!
During the 1 p.m. Featured Chef demonstrations, festival-goers with pre-purchased wristbands can sample a small portion of each Featured Chef’s delectable seafood plate.
Wristbands are $25 each. A limited number of wristbands are available. Wristbands will be available for purchase online until Friday, October 18. A limited number of wristbands will be available for purchase at the event Saturday.
The 2019 Featured Pensacola Beach Chefs are:
Station One: CAFÉ NOLA Chef Ted McCrary will present New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp.
Station Two: FLOUNDER’S CHOWDER HOUSE Chef Dennis Moore will present Tuna Poke (Blue Fin Tuna marinated in sesame oil and eel sauce, tossed with spicy mayo. Served upon crispy wontons and garnished with fish roe, green onion, and toasted sesame seeds.)
Station Three: CASINO BEACH BAR AND GRILLE Chef John Lipkowitz will present Thai style seafood salad with shrimp calamari, octopus, crab, with spicy soy, orange vinaigrette.
Station Four: CRAB’S WE GOT ‘EM Chef Jere Doyle will present a Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.
Station Five: HEMINGWAY’S ISLAND GRILL Chef John Smith will present Ropa Vieja, a traditional Cuban dish.
Station Six: PEGLEG PETE’S Chef Jeffery Newbill will present Tiger Shrimp.
(PLEASE NOTE: This wristband is solely for the 1 p.m. featured chef demonstration tasting. This does not include the $5 signature dishes being sold by the nearly two dozen restaurants attending the festival.)
Admission is FREE, however no outside coolers or outside food and drink are allowed.
*** ATMs on site ***
- 10 AM – Festival Opens
- 11 AM – Chefs’ Challenge
- NOON – Team Cook Off Challenge
- 1 PM – Featured Chefs Demonstration and Tasting – Buy Tickets
- 3-5 PM – Beer Tasting – Buy Tickets
- 4-6 PM – Live music from Platinum Premiere band on Gulfside Pavilion stage
- 6 PM – Festival closes
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