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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Donates Record Breaking $2.3 Million to 15 Children’s Charities in Northwest Florida

The 37th annual Destin Seafood Festival returns to its home on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Bay Breeze Patio Announces Celebrity Guest, Ray Lampe (aka Dr. BBQ), to Attend the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition, Sept. 26

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla.—August 26, 2015–Bay Breeze Patio is pleased to announce that Ray Lampe, better known as “Dr. BBQ”, will be the featured celebrity guest at the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition coming to Seascape Resort on Sept. 26. Dr. BBQ, as he is affectionately known, is a chef, author, and a familiar face on many popular cooking shows, serving as an expert judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” among others. As the Big Green Egg’s spokeschef, Lampe is an expert at cooking foods on the Big Green Egg smoker/grill.

“We had great participation and positive feedback at our first Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition last September,” said Susan Kiley, co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio and event organizer for Eggs on the Beach. “Therefore, we wanted to make year two even bigger. We are thrilled to bring Dr. BBQ to South Walton and show him our Southern Hospitality and beautiful beaches, while he shares his grilling expertise with us.”

After spending 25 years in his family trucking business in Chicago, Illinois, Lampe turned his love of participating in BBQ cook-offs into a new career. He has since authored eight cookbooks, including his recently published title, “Flavorize.” He has cooked and medaled in over 300 BBQ contests, and in 2014, he was inducted into the “BBQ Hall of Fame.” He is currently writing his ninth cookbook and traveling the country as Big Green Egg spokeschef.

Lampe, who has also appeared on HGTV, CNN, Martha Stewart Living and The Howard Stern Show, will be on hand offer expert advice, answer questions and autograph copies of his new cookbook, “Flavorize.”

“For many years I dreamt of traveling the country learning about barbecue — and now I am privileged to make a living by passing on what I’ve learned. I spend about half the year on the road in search of “the ultimate rib” or the “perfect pulled pork,” and I can tell you that I never get tired of it,” said Lampe in an interview for Big Green Egg’s Profile Magazine.

The 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition will feature tastings by more than 25 cook teams, grilling and product demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, “People’s Choice Awards,” silent auction, chances for prizes, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base.

Lampe said “I’m happy to be attending Eggs on the Beach. I’ve heard many good things about this EggFest.”

For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, are on sale now for a discounted price. There are 40 Demo Eggs for sale (25 large and 15 XLarge) and all come with a nest (metal stand), plate setter and a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 – 5 p.m. on September 26.

Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to four and includes use of a Demo Big Green Egg for grilling. Each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Entry fees are waived for non-profit teams who wish to compete for $500 toward their cause.

Taster tickets are also on sale now, featuring advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host the inaugural Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made and served by the finest restaurants and bars in the panhandle using Cathead Vodka. Competing restaurants include Bijoux DestinBrotula’s Seafood House & SteamerBud & Alley’s RestaurantDIGGreat Southern CafeLouis LouisMama Clemenza’s, NOLA Boiling Company, Signature Catering of 30AStinky’s Fish CampSunset Bay CafeThe Beach HouseThe Bowery On Thirty-A,The Craft Bar and The Perfect Pig.

The event will also feature live music by local band Sound Advice, and food for purchase by area restaurants including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, DIG eatery and Island Wing Company Grill and Bar Destin. Guests will also enjoy a mimosa bar by Coastal Wine & Spirits of Florida and frosty brews by Grayton Beer Company.

Facetime Photobooth will provide a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Special thanks to additional sponsors Churchill Oaks, Velia Lala Fine Art and Pure7 Studios.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. Sinfonia’s goal is to enrich and expand the traditional orchestral experience through unique artistic disciplines and collaborations, enhancing Northwest Florida’s cultural vitality.

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AJ’s Untapped: Craft Beer, Cocktail, and Music Fest

$15 Advanced • $20 at the Door…tickets can be purchased in our upstairs retail shop prior to the day of the event. Live Music by Bri Wehner Music and Tyler Denning Band For more info contact us at 850-837-1913

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DOWNLOAD the Official 2015 Destin Beer Festival App!

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Manta Ray Swimming on the Coast of Destin, Florida [VIDEO]

4th Annual – Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup

Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2015, for the 4th Annual Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup!

Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch. This standup paddleboard event features a one-mile recreational race, a three-mile recreational race, and a six-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, including a cash purse!

Awards
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place racers in our 12’6″ Men’s Elite and 12’6″ Women’s Elite will split a cash purse! Additional awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as 1st place winners for 50+ and for 18 & Under, in the following categories:

1 Mile Recreational Race – Men’s, Women’s

3 Mile Race – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

6 Mile Race – 14’ Men’s Elite, 12’6” Men’s Elite, 12’6” Women’s Elite, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

Visit PaddleAtThePorch.com for more race details.
Website
http://PaddleAtThePorch.com/