Inaugural Burgers, Bourbon and Beer raises $10,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs

Special to Gannett

DESTIN — On Saturday, Sept.18, more than 800 people braved the weather to sip and sample the rain away. The harbor’s latest foodie focused event brought American classics, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, together for an afternoon of fiery fun. The event featured local restaurants, caterers, chefs as well as brewers and distilleries from Pensacola to Panama City. The event withstood the drizzling rain and raised funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.

Inaugural Burgers, Bourbon and Beer raises $10,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.

Although the afternoon wasn’t the sunshine everyone had hoped for, the early drizzle didn’t detour the die-hard fans. They were rewarded with creations like mac & cheese or poached egg topped burgers, to Taki dusted buns. There was no topping off limits and every flavor was tested, from sweet bacon jams to spicy fried jalapenos. The crowd cooled off their taste buds with unique brews like Destin Brewery’s Bee-liner, a blueberry pomegranate sour to Idyll Hounds Ghost Crab pilsner as well as handcrafted bourbon cocktails by Four Roses, Brother’s Bond Bourbon and Old St. Pete distillery. VIP guests dodged the rain in the VIP lounge, where they enjoyed exclusive small batch tastings provided by Buffalo Trace while local bands, The Shenanigans and Flash Flood, took the stage to keep the tunes flowing.

The top winners of the day were Market 21, taking home the coveted first place People’s Choice award as well as Judges second place. The A&A Spice is Life food truck, out of Fort Walton Beach, was the other big winner, taking home both Judges first place and Most Creative for their sweet pepper jam, maple pepper bacon bits, parmesan and jack cheese fondue, Taki crumbs, spiced pickle and paneer tikka skewer topped burger. Other winners included Knife’s Edge Private Chef & Catering who took People’s choice second place and East Pass Seafood & Oyster Bar was third place.

Inaugural Burgers, Bourbon and Beer raises $10,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.

Despite the rainy start to the day the sun came out to shine on everyone’s efforts and highlighted the unwavering support of our little beach community. The event raised $10,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, an organization that serves over 1,200 children across eight clubs in the tri-county area.