Taste of the Beach - October 13-14, 2023
SEA. SIP. SAVOR.
Pensacola Beach's biggest culinary event returns this October and you're invited!
Taste of the Beach, one of the Pensacola Bay Area’s most beloved annual fall food festivals, kicks off on Friday, Oct. 13, with an upscale, island-chic, progressive VIP Dinner and continues Saturday, Oct. 14, with a free, outdoor festival featuring signature dishes made by more than a dozen Pensacola Beach restaurants, all staged around the Gulfside Pavilion on Casino Beach.
Hosted by the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, Taste of the Beach spotlights Pensacola Beach’s unique restaurants and coastal cuisine, focusing on fresh, local seafood.
FRIDAY VIP DINNER
The 14th Annual Taste of the Beach Festival kicks off Friday night, October 14 with a progressive VIP Dinner that will whisk diners to four of the island's best restaurants via trolley. Diners will indulge in a four-course meal with complimentary wine pairings.
The evening begins at the Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center where guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast before boarding a trolley to head to the first restaurant. Each course will last approximately 45 minutes, and then guests will depart to the next stop.
The 2023 VIP Dinner restaurants and menus have yet to be determined and will be announced in early fall 2023.
SATURDAY FESTIVAL FUN
Saturday’s day-long festival will take place October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day is filled with more than a dozen participating restaurants’ signature dishes for $8 each, live music, a dance performance, a chef demonstration, cooking classes for kids, crab racing, t-shirt sales and more - all along the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Pensacola Beach. Entry is free for Saturday’s festival.
The menu changes every year, but you’ll always find plenty of seafood options as well as landlubber fare such as sliders, sandwiches and sweets. And yes, beer, wine and frozen alcoholic concoctions will also be available for purchase.
Saturday's festival schedule and participating restaurants have yet to be determined and will be announced in fall 2023.