Get Your Gumbo On During an Event-Filled Winter at Baytowne Wharf!


The 32nd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival!
Friday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 12-4 p.m.
Yum! Yum! It’s Almost Time for The Sandestin Gumbo Festival! The Best Gumbo Cook-Off on the Emerald Coast!

Known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast, this winter festival favorite is back for its 32nd year! Kick off your tasting days, Fri., Feb. 19, with a delicious seafood boil at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 20, Gulf Coast restaurants will be featuring their top-secret gumbo recipes and competing 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!

And, the popular Bloody Mary competition is BACK again this year featuring the Best Bloody Mary’s at the beach! Taste some of the finest local bars’ and restaurants’ Bloody Mary’s and you get to judge those, too! Vote for your favorite and help contestants win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach!” This year’s event is promising to serve up fun for everyone. Visit for tickets and details, including a daily schedule of events and entertainment. General admission tickets are $40 and allow tastings of all gumbo and Bloody Mary’s. If you’re interested in entering the event, visit Event will happen rain or shine.

There’s still time to have your winter fun at Baytowne On Ice!
Now a family tradition, lace up those skates and continue the magical, winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. For locals and visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite winter traditions. The ice rink is open through January 31st. Hours vary daily. $11 for a 90-minute skate; $3 skate rentals. Rent the rink for private parties and functions starting at $300. Call 850-714-7614 or visit for more information.

Mark Your Calendar for the Mardi Gras Parade!
Sunday, February 14th, 2 p.m.
No Cost to Attend
The Village streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies and other trinkets. To participate in this event, register by Feb. 12 at

The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife—not to mention a diverse schedule of outdoor special events for the entire family. This spectacular setting, all within the gates of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is a gathering place for many locals and visitors as well as the perfect spot to spend a vibrant afternoon, evening, week, vacation, or you can be one of the lucky few who frequently experience Baytowne Wharf through home ownership.