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Destin: a Culinary Capitol

Destin Seafood Festival introduces a Call to Chef

Are you ready for the Destin Seafood Festival to return with its new Call to Chef?

Also occurring alongside the festival is the Destin Fishing Rodeo. It will continue beyond the three days of the festival as a month-long fishing rodeo.

The Destin Charter Boat Association (DCBA) showcases the best of local seafood, music, and arts with no admission cost. Read on for some great tips to get the most out of this year’s festival and to learn more about the DCBA’s role in the Destin community.

This event is a Destin Harbor staple that has included live music since 1978. One musical act has grown into five stages and a variety of music acts. The Destin Harbor Boardwalk will be transformed into a musical metropolis.

The music is paired with amazing seafood! This festival comes roaring back with over 110 food and craft vendors and several local restaurants. Your biggest dilemma will be deciding which type of seafood to fill up on. Thankfully, this festival takes place from October 7 -9, offering ample opportunity to try several booths to find your favorite!

You will also have the chance to peruse unique art and handmade crafts for your home, for yourself, or a gift for a special someone.

Let’s not forget the exciting Call to Chef that is new for 2022. This is a special local culinary experience occurring as a ticketed event within the free Destin Seafood Festival. Call to Chef attendees will enjoy samples from local chefs, restaurants, and beers. The event is scheduled with time slots for different food items. Check the festival website for cost and schedule information.

The Destin Fishing Rodeo starts with and runs alongside the festival and continues to run until the end of October. There is always a possibility of a new record catch coming in during the festival so don't forget to check the docks for news.

Destin City Lifestyle salutes the planning committee: Jim Green, Missy Schofield, Cali Hlavac with help from Amber Helton, Lisa Buchanan and Lisa Firth. They have continued the legacy of the DCBA through their work.

The DCBA was founded in 1954 by local charter captains. Their humble goal was to promote their “fishing village” and their businesses. Initially, a small event started by the DCBA Women’s Auxiliary in 1978, the festival has grown to be an event projected to draw more than 60,000 people, boosting revenues to our area.

The festival delivers a weekend of light-hearted fun that fuels the more serious parts of the DCBA mission in Fisheries Management. They also support other community events such as the annual Miss Destin Pageant.

Here’s what you need to know to attend.

Website & Ticket Info:

Destin Seafood Festival is free to attend, while local Call To Chef tickets can be purchased online.

Full Festival Schedule:

October 7 | 4pm-10pm

October 8 | 10am-10pm

October 9 | 10am-6pm

Call To Chef Local Festival Schedule:

October 7 | 6pm-9pm

October 8 | 10am-6pm

October 9 | 10am-6pm

Parking is available all along the Destin Harbor, in public parking lots like the Marler lot and Herron Harbor, or we will have shuttles available from larger parking lots.  Tune in to the DCBA website for the most up-to-date information.