MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. –Oct. 12, 2015—Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the second annual Eggs On the Beach EggFest barbecue competition raised $23,000 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Held at Seascape Resort on Sept. 26, the family-friendly event welcomed more than 500 tasters and volunteers who sampled an array of delicacies presented by 25 cook teams.
“This second annual event exceeded our expectations,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner Susan Kiley. “The success of the 2015 Eggs on the Beach is due to the overwhelming support from our cook teams, sponsors, volunteers and tasters who came out for the fun afternoon. We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of support and the fact that we were able to raise $23,000 for the Fisher House, which provides assistance to so many military families.”
The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast provides a home away from home for military families during medical treatment. Within steps of the Eglin Air Force Base Hospital and Veteran’s Clinic, the Fisher House’s 12 guest suites and a caring staff provide lodging, basic needs and support to active and retired military when they need it most. In 2014, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast served 690 guests and has already served more than 600 guests this year.
“Bay Breeze Patio has become an angel who is always watching over the Fisher House. In two years, this event more than doubled thanks to all their hard work,” said Kim Henderson, executive director of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. “We rely on community donations to be able to assist families staying at the Fisher House. In 2014, we expanded our reach to not only be able to assist those families, but also help local military families who unexpectedly experienced a medical crisis with no Fisher House close by to assist them.”
In addition, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company received $500 and a Mini-Max Big Green Egg by earning second place “People’s Choice” award and the most votes among the non-profit cook teams. With the mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast Community through professional and educational theater, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company will be auctioning off their prize Mini-Max at the upcoming Lip Sync Battle, Oct. 29 at the Hilton Sandestin. Emerald Coast Theatre Company was among some of the area’s leading non-profits, including Food For Thought, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Rotary Club of Destin, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Air Commando Association Foundation, whose volunteers were cooking and serving their favorite recipes to build awareness for these important causes.
The top “People’s Choice” award and judges award winner was Team InDyne for their smoked brisket grilled cheese and smoked tomato soup, earning the team a trophy and large Big Green Egg. “People’s Choice” runner up was team Snorri’s Tandoori who presented chicken tandoori prepared on the Big Green Egg.
A limited number of extra-large Big Green Egg-Demo Eggs complete with nest (metal stand) and plate setter, which were used during the competition, are available for purchase at a discounted price at Bay Breeze Patio in Miramar Beach.
For more information on Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition visit EggsontheBeach.com. For more information about the Big Green Egg, visit BayBreezePatio.com.