The Destin Seafood Festival takes place on the harbor the first weekend of October each year. The festival kicks off Friday afternoon and goes throughout the weekend.
Sunday is typically Family Day, so Jason and I decided to take the kids after church. We were able to check out all of the vendors and enjoy lunch on the harbor.
But first things first- pony rides!
Julia and Mac wouldn’t let us past the kiddie section without stopping and partaking.
Unfortunately the kids’ activities were grossly overpriced. Pony rides were $7 per kid for about a 2 minute ride, and the bounce house was $10 per child! I couldn’t believe the prices. The friendly attendant told us the kids could bounce all day for that price, but we knew we were only staying a little while.
Fortuantely, there was a lot to see to distract the kids, so we walked around for a bit in search of food.
The kids finally decided on chicken on a stick and french fries. Total festival food!
The chicken on a stick was nothing special. I should have known better. It wasn’t even local- it was from a huge vendor that travels from festival to festival. The kids loved the fries though, and fed most of their chicken to the pelicans off the dock.
Jason and I shared a plate of tacos from a local food truck, The Big Red Truck. We tried the fried fish, Asian chicken, and BBQ pork tacos.
The tacos were delicious! Much more affordable and we were able to support a local business. Win-win.
The kids and their buddy Audrie payed a visit to the Blue Runner II. My father=in-law is a charter boat captain and owns this fine fishing vessel. We love going out on Papa’s boat. If you ever want take a fishing trip in Destin, he’s your man!
Audrie and Julia made some beautiful spin art masterpieces.
This is actually a local vendor who can always be found near AJs. The girls loved trying spin art and it only set us back $5.
By this point, the kids were getting hot and cranky, so we made our way toward the exit. But not before soft serve!
I don’t know what was so special about this soft serve but it was honestly some of the best I’d ever tasted. Good thing I didn’t order my own. I would have dominated it. I settled for a couple bites from the kids.
All in all, it was another successful year of the Seafood Festival. Our kids are still a bit young to truly enjoy a full day at the festival. There is always a great line up of live music that we would have liked to watch, but we’ll have to try again in the future.
Until next year, Seafood Fest!