The Village of Baytowne Wharf Announces Great Gumbo Paired with First-Rate Family Fun this Winter!


All Things GUMBO!
Pursue the Roux at the 33rd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival!
Friday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19, 12-4 p.m.
Yum! Yum! Tantalize your taste buds at 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 foodie’s favorite Gumbo winter festival is back for its 33rd year!

Kick off your tasting days, Fri., Feb. 18, with a Seafood Boil Kick-Off Party At Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille serving boiled potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage. Only $15 a plate! Also enjoy LIVE music starting at 4 p.m.

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 $45 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 February 6th. Hours vary daily. $13 for a 90-minute skate; $3 skate rentals. Rent the rink for private parties and functions starting at $300. Call (850) 428-2736 or visit for more information.

Bubbly Baytowne
On Thursday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m., join Baytowne Wharf for an evening full of FREE champagne and shopping during its Bubbly Baytowne. Sip and shop through the Village streets! Stop in various retail merchants as you enjoy a selection of premium champagnes.

* This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public during this event.

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual Mardi Gras Parade!
Sunday, February 27, 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 Friday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. at Participants who register by Feb. 14 will receive five points added to their score.