3 for 30a “East End Edition”

Story by Natalie Haddock

Scenic Hwy 30A is a 28 mile stretch of road that passes through 14 small communities along the Gulf Coast. It is the artery of life and leisure between Destin and Panama City. Travelers discover white sand beaches, succulent seafood, old Florida treasures, and new cultured experiences. Each community has their own flair and festivals, so this week’s installment of 3 for 30A is all about what’s taking place on the East end of paradise.

Check out Cuvee 30a at the new 30 Avenue
Check out Cuvee 30a at the new 30 Avenue

Friday, June 5th
Kick off your weekend by exploring the newest development to hit the beach, 30Avenue. The complex invites visitors and locals to explore the various service retailers, merchant shops, and restaurants now open within the contemporary complex. After a day of shopping for new beach apparel or meeting with realty experts, enjoy the evening relaxing at the Green or dining at one of several new restaurants. This Friday from 5-8pm Chris Alvarato will set the ambiance with a live performance. Restaurants now open include Barbarcoa Mexican Grill, Shan Kishi Sushi and Hibachi, and Chef Tim Creehan’s newest venture, Cuvee 30A.

Saturday, June 6th
The Biggest event to take place along 30A this weekend is undoubtedly Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach. This one-of-a-kind art festival utilizes the white backdrop and architecture of this one-of-a-kind beach town to display design, animation, and artwork by using the latest digital technologies. It is a festival known to attract filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, producers, celebrities, and agency executives. Exhibits will be lighting up the night starting at 8:30 pm. Stay late for the midnight pool party at Caliza, complete with music, light bites, and a cash bar.

Be sure and sample the small plates this weekend at Edward's in Rosemary Beach
Be sure and sample the small plates this weekend at Edward’s in Rosemary Beach

Sunday, June 7th
Make Sunday night special with fine food and wine at Edward’s in Rosemary Beach. This intimate restaurant boasts a resort-casual atmosphere with a sophisticated menu. Small plates include Grilled Wild Mushrooms, Tuna Tartar, and Steamed Little Neck Clams. Guests are invited to the Chef’s counter to witness mealtime magic as the Chef prepares indulgent entrees in the open kitchen atmosphere. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy a savory Grilled Flat Iron Steak with salsa verde, pomme frites, and arugula. Favorites also include the Simple Grilled Grouper and the Pork Chop Pappardelle.

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