Kick-Off Party

Kick-Off Party

Friday, February 21, 2025 | 5-7 P.M.
HammerHead's Bar & Grille

Mark your calendar for the official kick-off of the Sandestin Gumbo Festival weekend with a traditional shrimp boil at Hammerhead's Bar & Grille. Enjoy a southern tradition with fresh gulf shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage, boiled potatoes, and a cup of gumbo ya ya. Live music starting at 4pm.

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The Main Event

Saturday, Feb 22nd starting at 12 P.M.

Dark or Light Roux? Seafood, Sausage, or Chicken? This winter festival favorite is back for its 36th year! Gulf Coast restaurants will compete for the title of ‘Best Gumbo on the Emerald Coast.” Vote for your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner while celebrity judges deliberate over who will take home the top prize. The afternoon will also feature live music, children’s activities, and The Best Bloody Mary at the Beach competition

For details and more info check out the 2023 Participation Form


Best Bloody Mary on the Beach

Saturday, February 25th

The Best Bloody Marys at The Beach competition is back and better than ever! Taste some of the finest bars’ and restaurants’ Bloody Marys on the coast AND you’re the judge! Vote for your favorite and help them win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at The Beach”! This year’s event is promising to serve up fun for everyone. Interested in entering your Bloody Mary?

For details and more info check out the 2023 Participation Form