Bay Breeze Patio hosts annual event at Seascape Resort
Special to 30A Food & Wine
Sept. 29, 2021
MIRAMAR BEACH – The Emerald Coast’s official Big Green Egg EggFest cooking competition, Eggs on the Beach, is returning to Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the family-friendly event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Seascape Towne Centre and will celebrate the delicious results of cooking on the Big Green Egg while benefitting two local charities: the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Cook teams will be smoking, grilling and baking their favorite dishes on the Big Green Egg while tasters sample the delicious bites and vote for their favorites.
This year’s event will be held in a new location behind the Seascape Towne Center, which features a tiki bar with flat screen TVs that will air the day’s most popular college football games. Each cook team will have their own 10×10 tent, allowing for social distancing in an open-air setting and access to Seascape Towne Center businesses, providing convenience and enjoyment for cook teams and tasters. In addition to tasting delicious bites, tasters will have the opportunity to sample Knob Creek Rye Whiskey craft cocktails and seasonal beers from local and regional breweries. Returning beer sponsor, Abita Brewery, will be serving cook teams and providing samples of their new seasonal brew, 35th Anniversary, for attendees 21 and older.
The annual cooking competition will feature a mix of cook teams, ranging from backyard grillers to local restaurants to non-profit organizations, presenting a variety of dishes from meats and seafood to veggies and desserts cooked on the Big Green Egg.
“We’re excited to see this event evolve,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner and event co-founder Wayne Paul. “After canceling the 2020 event, we’re coming back better than ever. The new location at Seascape will allow us to have a more intimate and customized experience. The best part is that Eggs on the Beach will once again support non-profits that serve our community’s needs.”
Proceeds from the event benefit The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Providing a home away from home for military families during medical treatment, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast serves those who have served our country. Fighting food insecurity among area students, Food for Thought provides backpacks filled with healthy foods to students in need. In addition, these two charity partners along with other non-profit organizations will have cook teams in the 2021 event and compete for taster votes to earn cash donations toward their cause. Participating non-profit teams include Food for Thought, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Emerald Coast Boys and Girls Club, Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, South Walton Academy, Rotary Club of Destin, Walton County Skate Society, The Combat Diver Foundation, Healing Paws for Warriors, and the Blue Angels Foundation.
The cooking competition will be enhanced with live music, and drawings for a chance to win a Mini-Max Big Green Egg as well as products and gift certificates from area businesses. Beer, wine, cocktails, water and sodas will also be available for purchase at the Tiki Bar.
For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which are used during the competition, Eggs are available for pre-sale at a discounted price. Demo Eggs are available in Large or XLarge and come with a nest (metal stand), rubber mat and plate setter along with a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs will be available for pick-up between 4 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 16.
The community is invited to taste the amazing results of cooking on the Big Green Egg while supporting area non-profits. As of press time, two cook team spots remain for any grillers who want to share their talents and compete for prizes. Taster tickets are on sale now ($40 in advance; $50 day of). Learn more and sign up at www.EggsontheBeach.com.
Photos by Michelle Farnham