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Make Plans to Attend the Sandestin Gumbo & Bloody Mary Festival

by Alison Large Ketcham on February 2nd, 2023

Since 1989, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, has welcomed a fun-loving crowd back year after year. And this year’s festival—set for February 24th and 25th will be no exception.

Join in the fun Friday, February 24th at Hammerhead Bar & Grille’s Kick-Off Party. Live music begins at 4 p.m., with a scrumptious seafood boil serving up local catches from 5 – 7 p.m. The fun continues Saturday, February 25th from 12 – 4 p.m. with a yummy gumbo cook-off, family activities, and live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe.

Area restaurants will compete to take the title of “Best Gumbo on the Emerald Coast.” Celebrity judges will decide who wins that top prize, while attendees vote for the “People’s Choice Award” winner.

Attendees will also choose the winner of the “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach” competition. Some of the finest local bars and restaurants have entered the contest, as well as some establishments from neighboring beach communities. This contest is sponsored by 30A Distilling Company.

The 34th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival is set to take place rain or shine, and will benefit the Sandestin Foundation for Kids and Fisher House of The Emerald Coast. Save 40% on accommodations, and order tickets here.


Harry Ts

Cafe Nola

Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House

Ovide at Hotel Effie

Little’s Lunches & Kitchen

Rick’s on the Island

Dario Pepper Bloody Mary Mix

LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Poppy’s HammerHead’s Bar & Grille

Green Earth Landscape Services

Cabana Cafe

Southern Yankee Queen

Sunset Bay Cafe

Sports to Geaux Bar & Grill

Marina Bar & Grill

Carlito’s Amazing Products

John Wehner’s Village Door Restaurant & Entertainment

98 Bar-B-Que

Swiftly Catered Private Chef

Lulu’s Destin, Florida

The Beach House

Ruby Slipper Ruby Sunshine

Perfect Plain Brewing Company


Gumbo People’s Choice

  • 1st Place – Sports to Geaux
  • 2nd Place – Café Nola
  • 3rd Place – The Beach House

Veteran’s Award

  • 1st Place – Harry T’s
  • 2nd Place – The Village Door
  • 3rd Place – Marina Bar & Grill

Best 1-5 Years

  • 1st Place – Slick Lips
  • 2nd Place – Ovide at Hotel Effie
  • 3rd Place – The Beach House
  • 4th Place – The Gulf
  • Honorable Mention – Café Nola

Best Bloody Mary at the Beach

  • 1st Place – The Beach House
  • 2nd Place – Sunset Bay Café
  • 3rd Place – Drunken Goat Saloon

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