We’re excited to announce that Eggs on the Beach Big Green Egg cooking competition was voted “Best in Destin” for local event by the readers of VIP Destin Magazine.
We are so honored to receive this recognition for Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition. It has quickly earned the reputation as one of the hottest food festivals in the South and we’re thrilled that our cook teams deliver! We believe that it’s the cook teams that make this event so spectacular and they continue to push the envelope on what is possible when cooking on the Big Green Egg. In addition, we are extremely grateful for our sponsors who allow us to grow the event and the amount of the donations to area non-profits.
The 2019 event raised $32,500 for local non-profits, including our two partner charities, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought, which each received $12,500. Other non-profit cook teams earned a total of $7,500 during the day. In first place, taking home $3000, South Walton Academy team won the top honor and $3,500 for their delicious creation. Sinfonia Youth Orchestra in partnership with 30a Destin Ice ranked second place among tasters and was awarded $2,500. In third place, the Rotary Club of Destin earned $1,500 for their mission.
Our BIG winners for the 2019 EggFest were Saltwater Restaurants earning multiple awards. Their entry a Cajun-inspired bite featuring fresh caught red snapper smoked on the Big Green Egg with pecan wood and served over smoked corn & Andouille sausage maque choux. Their bite was paired with a Knob Creek Smoked Orange Smash. The bite earned the Judges Award, the Taster Choice Award and the Best Knob Creek Bourbon Bite. In addition, their creativity was rewarded with Best Booth Display.
Thanks, once again, to our honorary judges, including Jack McGuckin, Executive Chef at Bijoux, Phil McDonald and Debbie Swenerton of Black Bear Bread Co., and Nikhil Abuvala, Chef/Owner of Roux 30a, for judging dozens of entries to determine our Judge’s Award winners.
Tastings were complemented by live music by Clint Hall, Kids Zone, a ENCO Sports Zone, Knob Creek Craft Cocktail Seminars, and an Abita Beer pairing seminar.
The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought each received $12,500 toward their mission. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families ensuring family members can be together during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy. Food For Thought aims to end food insecurity by serving students in Okaloosa and Walton County with backpacks filled with healthy meals and snacks for nights and weekends.
SAVE THE DATE! The 2020 Eggs on the Beach Big Green Egg Festival is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Seascape Resort. Call us at 850-269-4666 or visit www.EggsontheBeach.com to learn more.