Race Weekend’s Tasty Opening Event

The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K weekend kicks off in delicious style with Taste of the Race on Friday, February 28th. This annual showcase of South Walton’s unforgettable culinary style is a must-do for anyone interested in getting the most out of race weekend.

Guests are able to sample culinary delights from the area’s top chefs and restaurants while enjoying live music and the company of fellow racers and local foodies. Chef Emeril Lagasse serves as the event’s host while his local restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, joins dozens of other local eateries filling up the event’s attendees. Fine wine, craft beers and spirits are complimentary at this ticketed event. In addition to satisfying your taste buds, we will keep your dancing shoes busy with live music from the Bucktown All-Stars, a brass-driven New Orleans party band specializing in 1960s Classic R&B and Soul, ’70s Funk and New Orleans jams. Raspy vocals, rollicking piano, and a corrupt horn section fuel an unorthodox mix of second line funk and Motown soul.

Not only is Taste of the Race South Walton’s top annual showcase of the local food scene, it is also the most democratic. After sampling as many tasty bites as they can handle, guests are able to vote for the top dish of the night, a distinction that brings out the competitive side of every chef in town. Participating restaurants include:

Acme Oyster House
Aegean Restaurant
amici 30A Italian Kitchen
amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen
Bud & Alley’s
Caliza at Alys Beach
Coastal Catering & Events
Emeril’s Coastal Italian
FOOW Restaurant
Grayton Beer Brew Pub
Havana Beach Bar & Grill
Ji•Shi Ki•chn
Roux 30a
Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
Signature Catering of 30A
Stinky’s Fish Camp
Surfing Deer
Sweet Henrietta’s Treats
Swiftly Catered

For those looking for the ultimate Taste of the Race experience, the VIP Experience with Chef Emeril Lagasse sponsored by Porsche of Destin is the way to go. A VIP entrance, gift bag and meet-and-greet with Emeril will make this great event even more unforgettable.

Start race weekend right by purchasing tickets here and securing your spot at this annual culinary tradition as space is limited. All of the evening’s festivities take place under a tent making it a rain or shine event.

Supporting Culinary Arts Education

Did you know?  Proceeds from your purchase and participation in our annual Taste of the Race event directly supports our culinary program at the Seaside Neighborhood School. Through this opportunity students will have the opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge about food and healthy habits in our very own Seaside Neighborhood School Culinary Garden.