Destin Commons will partner with 17 area charities for their upcoming eighth annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks event from 5-10 p.m. July 3.
The charities will team up with various restaurants and barbecue aficionados to fire up their grills, with each team preparing their own custom barbecue-inspired specialty. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., attendees will sample mouth-watering barbecue dishes hot off the grills and cast their votes for the coveted People’s Choice title. Celebrity judges will also award Judge’s Pick winners of a blind taste test.
Live entertainment with the well-known bands I’magene and The Wide Open, along with festive street performers and kids’ activities, will be featured during the event. The evening concludes at 9:30 with a firework extravaganza.
The non-profit organizations, along with their barbecue teams, will be:
• Air Force Enlisted Village/The Gulf Seafood Restaurant
• Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast/Big Red Truck
• Children in Crisis/B&C Fire Safety Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance/Whole Foods Market
• Destin Rotary Foundation/Destin Rotary Club
• Dog Harmony/Café Rico
• Emerald Coast Autism/Event Volunteer Charity
• Emerald Coast Science Center/Bowtie BBQ & Catering
• Fresh Start for Children & Families/Po Wiggs BBQ
• Jobs4U/Lillie’s Q
• Junior League of the Emerald Coast/Buh’s BBQ
• Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation/BC’s Southern Paradise BBQ & Catering
• Niceville Rotary Club/Smokin’ Hot Wheels BBQ
• Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa County/Hub City Smokehouse
• Special Olympics Okaloosa County/Jim ‘N Nicks
• Opportunity Place/Classic Catering
• Taylor Haugen Foundation/Brightview Landscaping
• Toys for Tots/Bass Pro Shops
“We are excited to once again offer local non-profit organizations a chance to get their name and mission out to thousands of attendees and drive awareness of our community’s needs, while raising much needed funds,” said Heather Ruiz, Destin Commons director of marketing. “Each charity will receive a $2,500 donation in addition to being able to compete for up to a total of $87,500 in donations through our Coins for a Cause program.”