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2024 Taste of the Beach

October 11-12, 2024


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. 11, with an upscale, island-chic, progressive VIP Trolley Dinner and continues Saturday, Oct. 12, 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.

Tickets to the VIP Trolley Dinner will be available beginning September1st via a link to Eventbrite.

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.

2024 Taste of the Beach Sponsors

Friday's VIP Trolley Savory Seafood Dinner


2024 Taste of the Beach Friday Night VIP Trolley Dinner 

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the 2024 Taste of the Beach VIP Trolley Dinner! This exclusive event will take place on Friday, October 11, 2024.

Indulge in a night of delectable seafood dishes prepared by four talented Pensacola Beach chefs, showcasing the finest coastal flavors of the beach. This event will tantalize your taste buds like never before.

The evening begins with a complimentary champagne toast before boarding a private trolley to be whisked away to four of the Island’s premier restaurants for a true coastal seafood flavor experience.




Saturday’s free outdoor festival takes place October 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the white-sand shoreline of Pensacola Beach for a daylong celebration of all things Southern, seafood, savory and sweet. We’re talking feet in the sand, crashing waves, sunshine and shrimp. So if you’re a Gulf Coast seafood junkie, you’re not going to want to miss it.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. at Casino Beach when 20 of the beach’s restaurants, stationed in booths surrounding the Gulfside Pavilion and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, begin serving their signature dishes for $10 each. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

An example of the agenda for Saturday ...

  • 10 a.m. - Dancingly Yours – a Pensacola Beach children’s dance troupe - will perform from the Gulfside Pavilion stage.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Fish Filet Demonstration - Chef John Flaningam will demonstrate how to properly filet fish in front of the Gulfside Pavilion.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Best Signature Dish Competition Every restaurant participating in Saturday’s daylong event can enter their dish. A panel of judges will sample each dish.
  • 11 a.m. - “Crab’s Little Chefs Cooking Class – Crab Cakes” Chef Lou Roberts will teach a select group of students how to make and enjoy crab cakes. Tickets are $10 per student, limited tickets available.
  • Noon - “Crab’s Little Chefs Cooking Class – Ice Cream Sundaes” Chef Charlie Kuzma will teach a select group of students how to make and enjoy Ice Cream Sundaes. Tickets are $10 per student, limited tickets available.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Best Signature Dish winner is announced and trophy presentation.
  • 1:30 p.m – Hermit Crab Racing Ready, set, go!
  • 2 to 4 p.m. – Horseshoe Kitty. Festivalgoers can listen to the live music of local party-rock band, Horseshoe Kitty, while enjoying the waterfront view and coastal flavors.
  • 4 p.m. – Festival closes.

Corporate Sponsorships available.

Sponsorship information can be found HERE


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