Road trip: Destin Seafood Festival this weekend

Press release: For 37 years, The Destin Seafood Festival has celebrated along the Destin Harbor with fresh local seafood, live music and art for generations. A charming tradition that started over three decades ago with nine women from the Destin Charter Boat Association Women’s Auxiliary hosting a fish fry and selling gumbo from the back of a pick-up truck. The most celebrated free festival in Destin kicks off on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM and wraps up Sunday, October 4, 2015. For more general information on the festival visit

A stunning fireworks display will light up the sky to kick off the 37th Destin Seafood Festival on Friday October 2, at 10:00 PM. Watch from anywhere along the harbor or take one of our unforgettable harbor cruises. Enhance the show by wearing our 3D viewing glasses available at HarborWalk Village’s main stage. After the fireworks show, Just Add Fire exhilarates the crowd with a world class fire dancing show.

Flavor of The Fest
The festival showcases the roots of the Destin Harbor with fresh local seafood and regional eats, alongside some of the greatest southern fare in the country. Dozens of local restaurants will offer signature dishes along the mile long festival. From cutting edge sushi to snapper tacos you will not go hungry with the hundreds of offerings. Chef’s Kitchen and demonstration will be hosted on the main stage at HarborWalk Village featuring local chefs and restaurants on Saturday, beginning at 11:00 AM. Complimentary tastings of “Honest Tea” and cold craft brews will be offered all day at the Chef’s Kitchen.

11 AM Chef Danny Jinks – Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club
12 PM Chef Jimmy McManus – Grande Vista /Emerald Grande
1 PM Chef Rich Torella – Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
2 PM Chef James Cooke – Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi
3 PM Chef Ernie Danjean- Dockside Oyster Bar and Cafe