35th annual Destin Seafood Fest is almost here

Destin Seafood Fest

There will be no shortage of entertainment options when the Seafood Festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 4. Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses are just one of the many artists that will perform.

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 09:47 AM.

The 35th annual Destin Seafood Festival is right around the corner, and organizers say this year's festival is bigger than ever.

"The whole east end of the harbor has more stages, more arts and crafts vendors and more activities to enjoy," said Mike Eller, a festival organizer.

As one of the longest standing traditions in Destin, this year's festival takes place Oct. 4-6 and stretches 1.5 miles along the Destin harbor from the foot of the Destin bridge to Heron Harbor. The free event will feature a wide variety of fresh, local seafood, arts and crafts vendors, live music and kids' activities.

Based on feedback from last year's festival, Eller told The Log they are putting a greater emphasis on local seafood, so there will be a more local focus than in years past. Some of the local restaurants represented include AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar, Crab Island Cantina, the Fisherman's Wharf, Harry T's, Dewey Destin's, The Boathouse Oyster Bar, and Burrito Del Sol.

Also added to this year's festival are a wider variety of free kids' activities. The family friendly festival will feature three separate kids’ areas with activities and games for all ages.

The kids area at Heron Harbor will keep the youngsters entertained with inflatables and a rock climbing wall, as well as an interactive skim board and skateboard painting workshop presented by Meyer, where boards can be purchased and painted or just painted. This area is geared toward teens and preteens.

Capt. Davie the Pirate will make an appearance Saturday and Sunday, performing magic shows at the pirate village at Heron Harbor.

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