Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Annual Event – Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 2017

Visit or call 855.218.SAND for accommodation specials and to purchase tickets
Accommodations Starting from $89 Per Night for Family-Friendly Holiday Weekend


Special Rates and Packages

Sandestin is making it easy to get away for the weekend with a variety of options and deals for individuals and families. Discounted packages are available with rates starting at only $89 per night (Code: GUMBO). Other special deals include 30% off with the purchase of three or more nights (Code: SAVE30). Book your Presidents Day Weekend at or call 855.218.SAND.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announces great gumbo paired with first-rate fun at the Gulf Coast’s favorite winter food event – the 28th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18. Visitors and gumbo-lovers from across the Southeast are expected to join in the festivities during the extended Presidents Day weekend.

The Sandestin Gumbo Festival has been known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Now in its 28th year, the event takes over The Village of Baytowne Wharf during Presidents Day weekend. Kick-off the weekend Friday, Feb. 17 at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill with a delicious Baytowne Seafood Boil from 5-7 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12-4 p.m. guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities and the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast.

All of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s packages and accommodations come with a wide variety of recreational activities including complimentary bike rental, tennis court time, on-site tram service, access to fitness center access and so much more.

“The festival’s atmosphere is fun and family friendly – with Zydeco music, face painting for kids, and most importantly, participants ready to win your vote! With so many local restaurants and different styles of gumbo represented, this is truly one of my favorite events at The Village,” says Julie Stuckey, events manager for The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Festival guests can vote for “The People’s Choice” awards in gumbo and become eligible for raffle items from the participating restaurants. After “The People’s Choice” honors are given, judges will award first, second and third place for the participant categories, and even a “Best Display”. This year, event sponsor Community Broadcasters is awarding a $1,000 commercial prize package to their favorite gumbo. The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 4 p.m.

Current participants include: AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Bubba Gump’s, Bud and Alley’s Catering, Crab Island Cantina, Cabana Café, Captain Dave’s on the Gulf, Dockside Café & Oyster Bar, Dewey Destin, Elevated Electric, Harry T’s, Marina Bar and Grill, Marlin Grill, O’Quigley’s Seafood Steamer, Peaden, Tides of Sheraton Bay Point, Tailfins, Village Door and World of Beer.

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