Big Green Egg Fest seeks non-profit, backyard, restaurant and kids cook teams
June 12, 2023
Special to 30A Food & Wine
MIRAMAR BEACH – Bay Breeze Patio, an official retailer of the Big Green Egg, announces the cook team registration is now open for the 9th Annual “Eggs on the Beach” EggFest Cooking Competition on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. As one of the official Big Green Egg Festivals held around the country, Eggs On The Beach has earned a reputation as one of the most fun, cook-friendly competitions in the Southeast.
“We have enjoyed growing this annual cooking competition over the past eight years, and are humbled by the outpouring of support and positive feedback for the annual event,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner and Grill Master Wayne Paul. “The event is made possible through the amazing talent and efforts of our cook teams. We’re extremely grateful for their hard work and are looking forward to welcoming back our previous participants as well as first-time competitors. In addition, we’re excited to add a new category this year: a Kids Competition!”
Cook Teams are invited to create bite-size portions of their favorite recipes to be judged by the public as well as honorary judges. Each team of up to six is given a large or extra-large Big Green Egg to use during the competition. Bay Breeze Patio provides the lump charcoal, fire starter, table, and tent. Tasters vote for their favorites, as teams vie for bragging rights and prizes, including the grand prize, a brand new large Big Green Egg.
In addition to the People’s Choice Awards, Cook Teams may compete for Judge’s Awards, and Non-profit Teams Awards, which include a donation toward their cause.
New to this year’s event, Eggs on the Beach will include a Junior Chefs Competition. Open to five youth cook teams, the junior cook team category will allow young chefs, ages 8 to 14, an opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for the grand prize: a Mini-Max Big Green Egg. Second and third place runners-up will receive a grilling tool set and all winners will be recognized with a medal and bragging rights. Junior Cook Teams may include up to five young chefs and one adult chef per team, and will present their bite to the honorary judges who will evaluate each bite based on taste and presentation.
Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the family-friendly event benefits two local charities, the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought.
For those who are interested in owning a Big Green Egg, demo Eggs used during the event will be sold in advance with nest (metal stand) and plate setter for a discounted price. Both large and XLarge Eggs will be sold and all come with a limited lifetime warranty and a complementary ticket to attend Eggs on the Beach. Demo Eggs can be picked up after the event, between 3 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Cook team registration is $50 for a team of six and each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rubs. Youth Cook Team registration is $25 and includes a welcome bag for each participant. Cook team fees are waived for non-profit cook teams, which are competing for a cash donation toward their cause. Teams can register online at EggsontheBeach.com, or to avoid online fees, register in-person at Bay Breeze Patio (32 Forest Shore Drive, Miramar Beach).
Taster tickets are also on sale now with special advance pricing of $45 per adult, $15 per child (ages 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. Sponsorships are also available. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.