Don’t Miss Fall Food & Drink Events on the Emerald Coast


Emerald Coast Big Game Fishing Club is at it again! Another great event, the Sportsman’s Ball, is happening Saturday September 16 from 6 pm-midnight at the Destin FWB Convention Center. This event is a night to bring everyone together to celebrate a great year filled with dinner, drinks and dancing, along with awarding ECBGFC’s top teams and anglers, scholarships to students of Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay County, to give back to Destin High School Fishing Class & Club, and recognize sponsors.

This year is the 2nd annual Sportsman’s Ball, with last year’s inaugural event boasting a great turnout. The event is open to the public, and tickets include entry, dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 each or $700 for a table of 10 people, and must be purchased in advance.

The Centerpiece competition among all tables is a fun way for attendees to get involved. Each table is encouraged to decorate their table for a chance to win.

Slated to be another great event giving back to our community, we hope to see you there!

3rd Annual Burgers, Bourbon & Beer Festival

September 23rd | Brotula’s Seafood & Steamer
For the third year, the highly anticipated Burgers, Bourbon, & Beer Festival is back and, again, hosted by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer. Enjoy delicious burgers, the best of bourbon, and fan-favorite beers. The event brings back Destin’s Most Epic DJ from EEE Destin as local restaurants and chefs compete for the best burger on the Emerald Coast. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, a non-profit organization with clubs located in Pensacola, Crestview, South Walton, Defuniak Springs, Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

General Admission Tickets | $45: Includes an armband for unlimited food samples and drinks tickets for craft beer and cocktail samples.

Food Only / Under 21 Tickets | $ 25: Includes an armband for unlimited food samples.
VIP Tickets | $ 75 | Very Limited!: Includes an armband for unlimited food samples and drink tickets. PLUS, exclusive early admission (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) to the event, a VIP lounge with a private bar and exclusive small-batch bourbon tastings. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite or visit the Burgers, Bourbon & Beer Festival Facebook page.

Discover Unique Suds and Ales at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

Friday, Oct. 6 – Saturday, Oct. 7
Tickets on sale now at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin presents the 14th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest where American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor. The main event on Saturday, Oct. 8, will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling and live music.

Friday, Oct. 6, is Beer From Around Here from 6-8 p.m. where local breweries feature their products for a more intimate night of learning about craft beer culture. Restaurants in The Village showcase their best dishes – combining unique lite bites with the many complimentary flavors of a good brew. Live music by Duchess from 6-8 p.m.
Tickets (Friday event only) $65 general admission and $75 the day of the event if not sold out.

Saturday, Oct. 7, is the Grand Craft Beer Tasting, general Admission from 2-5 p.m. at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. $50 general admission and $60 the day of the event. Live music by Six Piece Suits. For tickets, a lineup of beers and additional information, visit

Destin Seafood Festival

Oct. 6-8 | Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
One of the locals’ favorite times of year is the Destin Seafood Festival, back for its 45th year! Happening Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, the festival kicks off October’s month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo. Local Destin restaurants and eateries will serve up scrumptious seafood specialties. Cold drinks, including beer and wine, are available and you can stroll along the Destin Harbor enjoying the arts and crafts where artists and vendors display their jewelry, clothing, sculpture, glass, watercolors, oil paintings, designs and more. And don’t forget your seafood festival T-shirt! For more information, visit or email

7th Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival

October 19-22
The 2023 Harvest Wine & Food Festival in WaterColor will be held October 19-22 and feature wine dinners, famous Grand Tasting, a cocktail brunch and much more. Rated as one of the premier wine and food festivals in the Southeast, Harvest provides the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections.
Ranked as one of Southern Living’s “15 Southern Festival’s Worth Planning Your Trip Around,” this year’s festival will feature an expanded schedule of events including a cocktail seminar and elevated culinary and wine pairing event on Friday evening. Currently ranked number five “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care, and much more. In April, DCWAF raised a stunning $3.5 million for its benefiting charities. Purchase tickets at