Foo Foo Fest kick-off info

Today, Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival officially announced its plans for its eighth annual events, taking place Nov. 3-14. Via a virtual and in-person kickoff, the Foo Foo Festival committee shared this year’s grant application process, funding structure and COVID-safe procedures that will be implemented into this year’s festival. In 2021, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival successfully returned after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and in 2022 will return bigger and better than ever.

In 2022, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival will once again fund top-scoring grant applicants, with the number of grants to be awarded contingent upon the number of submissions. This year the Foo Foo Festival will provide up to $400,000 in grant funding, and grant applicants can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. All organizations, businesses and community partners are encouraged to submit their various events (occurring Nov. 3-14) for consideration to become a “Friend of Foo,” receiving visibility as part of the regional marketing campaign and throughout the 12-day event. To apply for this year’s Foo Foo Festival, visit To apply for consideration as a “Friend of Foo,” visit

This year’s events will once again be held with COVID-safe procedures in mind. As Foo Foo Fest organizers work to organize the plans and event layout for this November’s festivities, the team will take all precautions possible to ensure that the health of its organizers and attendees are kept top of mind, including the institution of COVID-safe protocols and enhancement of outdoor spaces to allow for social distancing. The Foo Foo Fest team will continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 variants leading up to November’s events and will fully cooperate with any instructions heeded for Escambia County by local and state officials and the CDC.

2022 Foo Foo Fest committee members include Maria Goldberg, Foo Foo Fest Chair and Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events for Great Southern Restaurants; Therese Feith McKenzie, Foo Foo Fest Chair-Elect and Trial Attorney at McKenzie Law Firm; Nicole Stacey, Foo Foo Fest Curator and Director of Communications and Marketing for Visit Pensacola; Joani Delezen. Foo Foo Fest Advertising & Marketing Liaison and Editor and Creative Director for Inweekly; Robbie Schrock, Foo Foo Fest Public Relations Liaison and Director of Administration for Santa Rosa Island Authority; and Warren Sonnen, Foo Foo Fest Compliance and Manager of O’Riley’s Irish Pub.

Foo Foo Fest Application Timeline:

  • Monday, Feb. 7 – Foo Foo Fest Grant Applications Open
  • Friday, March 11  – Foo Foo Fest Organization Letter of Intent Deadline
  • Friday, May 6  – Foo Foo Fest Grant Application Deadline (Noon CT)
  • Tuesday, May 24  – Public Grant Scoring and Official Announcement

The Pensacola Foo Foo Festival looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festivalattendees to its eighth annual beloved arts & culture event November 3-14, 2022 and to showing continued support for the Pensacola community.

To watch today’s virtual kickoff event and to download resources provided by the committee, For more information on the 2022 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.