Fall Events 2013: Destin Seafood Festival

Happening Down on the Destin Harbor

Fall in Destin and along coast of Northwest, Florida is one of the best times to get away to the beach.  Mild temperatures, warm gulf waters, and smaller crowds paired with value priced Destin vacation rentals welcome travelers.  Fall in Destin is also a prime time to for festival and events. Over the course of the next few days we will take time to tell you about our favorites.  Let’s get started with the 2013 Destin Seafood Festival!

2013 Destin Seafood Festival

Once again, Ocean Reef Resorts is proud to announce that it is joining the Destin Charter Boat Association in the sponsorship of the 35th Annual Destin Seafood Festival which helps promote the entire Destin Charter Fleet and their families. This deliciously delectable Destin fall event begins on Friday, October 4th and runs thru Sunday, October 6th. On Friday the hours are from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Saturday is an all day celebration from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and on Sunday the event runs from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Ocean Reef Resorts has been honored to be selected as the Preferred Provider of Accommodations for the 2013 Destin Seafood Festival because we are considered to be the “Best” on the Emerald Coast and rank Number One in customer satisfaction. Members of the Ocean Reef crew look forward to being on hand at the three day event to visit with our esteemed loyal guests and welcome new visitors to the area.

The 2012 Destin Seafood Festival set records for attendance and over 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2013 Destin Seafood Festival. The fall festival is more than just a celebration; it is a true tribute to the rich history of the Destin Harbor. The first Destin Seafood Festival was organized by the Charter Boat Auxiliary back in 1978 to raise money for those boating angler families who might be in need and was originally was held on Destin Harbor at its present location. It also coincides with the kick off of the Destin Fishing Rodeo which runs in the fall throughout the entire month of October with thousands of dollars being awarded to lucky anglers with the largest catch in a variety of categories. Since Destin has the largest private charter fishing fleet in the entire state of Florida and indeed anywhere on the Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands flock here for this tournament alone. The marina and gorgeous Destin Harbor makes for a perfect background for the Destin Seafood Festival since charter boats with lucky anglers on board unload their own fresh bountiful catches on the docks daily. Besides wonderful seafood and other dining delights served up by sixteen restaurants in and around Harborwalk Village, there will also be a wide assortment of food vendors on site. The food includes a variety of delicious seafood specialties that are prepared in Southern fried, blackened, broiled, steamed, sweet Caribbean, spicy Cajun and Exotic Island styles. The event grounds include one mile of shoreline from Harborwalk Village at the Destin Marina, extending past AJ's, Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Dewey Destin's Harborside and The Boathouse Oyster Bar.

Besides the great seafood, this Destin Fall event provides three days of enjoyable entertainment, live musical concerts, as well as arts and crafts.  Music will feature rock, reggae, country and tropical beach music at the Destin City Stage, the Harborwalk Village Amphitheater, at Harry T's Light House, Coyote Ugly's, AJ's and The Boat House. A Kid's “Fun Zone” will be set up at Melvin Heritage Park with rides, games, face painting, inflatable toys, and fun crafts. There will also be a “Fishing Clinic” set up for young anglers to attend. Fantastic fireworks will be shot off over the harbor at nightfall but be sure to get there early in time to see Mother Nature's own dazzling display in the sky over the water from her own spectacular sunsets. For more information you may contact Destinseafoodfestival.org

As an official sponsor we are offering 15% off accommodations for the Destin Seafood Festival.  If this is a Destin fall event you and your family would like to attend give one of our local reservation specialist a call now at 800.782.8736.  Be sure to check back Monday when we take a look at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival!