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It is the first of its kind! On February 29 from 12PM to 4PM, come out for the inaugural Shrimp & Grits Festival on Destin Harbor. This festival benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. Enjoy shrimp and grits from favorite local restaurants.

About 1,000 guests are expected in attendance, with restaurants competing with their most innovative (or classic) shrimp and grits recipes. Additionally, guests can enjoy craft beer and cocktail samples. With the beauty of the Destin Harbor as a backdrop, spend your day with tasting stations and live entertainment by The Shenanigans and Cadillac Willy.

VIP tickers are available for $50 and include a wristband for tastings and drink tickets, a souvenir cup and private bar. Also, general admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Discounted tickets are available for the under 21 tasters. Purchase you tickets for the Shrimp & Grits Festival here.

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