Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival – UNwineD 2012

The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival is this weekend, and while it’s not necessarily a replacement for the Seafood Wine and Music Festival of year’s past, it’s a wonderful substitue.  This year’s event is decorated with amazing seafood, great music and a brand new venue, Captain Anderson’s Marina.

Full event schedule

Thursday, October 25, 2012

5:00pm –  Fishing & Diving Tournament Totals Weigh-In Board will be UNVEILED showing 1st Place Artwork from PCB Elementary School Art Contest Winners @ Capt. Anderson’s Marina

6:00 – 8:00pm – PCB Seafood & Music Festival VIP (only) “Reception” at Boatyard Restaurant Sky Deck

8:30 – 10:00pm – PCB Seafood & Music Festival VIP (only) “BMI Songwriter Harbor Dessert Cruise” aboard the Lady Anderson Dining Yacht

10:00pm – 2:00am – “Late Night Hang” at Boatyard Restaurant and Marina Cantina w/BMI Songwriter performances (FREE admittance, food and drink a-la-carte)

Friday, October 26, 2012

12:00pm – 4th Annual Al Hubbard Kids Bay Fishing Tournament “Honoree Kid’s Fishing” (only) Lunch for kids provided by Marina Cantina. Kids, Chaperones & Volunteers Depart at 1:00 from Capt. Anderson’s Marina on the North Star. For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/AlHubbardKidsFishingExperience

12:00 – 3:00pm – LoCash Cowboys “Beach Party” at Boardwalk Beach Resort

1:00 – 4:00pm – “Grand Lagoon, Shell Island & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $20.00/$10.00

4:00pm – 2:00am – FREE Shuttle Buses(Coastal Coaches) to Festival begin from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from – 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

4:00 – 10:00pm – Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

4:45pm – “Blessing of the Fleet” waterside @ Capt. Anderson’s Marina – ALL BOATS WELCOME~!

5:00 – 10:00pm – Festival Site OPEN – FREE Entry

5:00pm – Al Hubbard Kids Bay Fishing Tournament “Honoree Kid’s Fishing” trip returns – North Star dock. Weigh-in at Tournament Totals Board – Lady Anderson dock

5:00 – 6:30pm – “Sunset & Seabreeze Cruise” – Lady Anderson dining yacht with dance band Seabreeze and featuring BMI Songwriter Geoff McBride. Wine tasting and upscale appetizer buffet included. Reservations are required, space is limited. Tickets $39.00/$35.00/$27.00 Capt. Anderson’s Marina 850-234-3435 or online at http://www.CaptAndersonsMarina.com

Luxury Lounge – Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Craft Beer & Wine, FRESH GULF SEAFOOD served by TOP Bay County Restaurants (Boatyard, Marina Cantina, Firefly, G. Foleys, Uncle Ernie’s, Capt. Anderson’s, Dee’s Hangout, Margaritaville, Fatty Patty’s) Admittance Price $10.00 includes keepsake glass w/a-la-carte food purchases (Food & Drink priced at $10.00 or less)

5:00-8:00pm – VIP PASS access to the Luxury Lounge -for a truly “luxurious” experience, $50 per night or $80 for a two-night pass which includes: *FREE food and wine tastings, *stage front seat for BMI Music Entertainment, *Reserved parking at Wyndham Bay Point w/shuttle both ways. For ticket purchase go to http://www.PCBSeafoodFestival.com or call 850-235-1159

Festival Vendor Village – (food & retail vendors) Prices will be posted on site

Bay County Fishing Heritage Tent – “Old Salts” Storytelling, Kid’s History Scavenger Hunt (w/prizes), Pictures w/Educational and Historical displays, St. Andrew’s State Park- FREE

Kidz Zone & Activities – Blue Crab Races, Fighting Chair Pull, Face Painting, Beach Bouncers, Glow Lights, Sandcastle Building, and more – ALL FREE

FWC Tent – Lionfish Exhibition, Education and Tasting – ALL FREE

Bill Cramer Chevrolet car, Legendary Marina boat, & Holiday on Wheels RV show

Dinner specials at Capt. Anderson’s, Boatyard & Marina Cantina

BMI Songwriter performances on community stage:

5:00 – Adam Craig & Cole Swindell

6:00 – Dylan Altman & Jim McCormick

7:00 – Scotty Emerick

8:00 – HEADLINER – LoCash Cowboys

5:15 -6:30pm – “Grand Lagoon & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets available http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $12.00/$6.00

5:30pm – “FRESH GULF SEAFOOD Landing” w/Shrimp & Grouper Boats @ Lady Anderson dockside

10:00pm – Festival Site CLOSED, Last Water Shuttle to Treasure Island Marina and Pirates Cove

11:00pm – Parking Lot CLOSED at St. Andrew’s State Park

10:00pm – 2:00am – BMI Late Night Hang w/BMI Songwriter Performances:

Marina Cantina

10:00 pm – Abigail Rose

11:00 pm – Brandon Kinney & Brent Cobb

Boatyard Restaurant

10:00 pm – Blue Mother Tupelo

11:00 pm – Geoff McBride

12:30 am – Tyler Reeve Late Night Jam

2:00am Last Shuttle departs Boatyard Restaurant for FREE Parking Lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Calling all old salts, new salts, (even slightly salty) Fishers & Divers to take part in one of these awesome opportunities to have FUN with your friends, introduce a whole new generation of KIDS to fishing and at the same time raise money for local Bay County Charities! Ticket proceeds go to the Al Hubbard Kid’s Fishing Experience: Anchorage Children’s Home, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Boys & Girls Club (Next year will also include Girls, Inc!)

***************Tournament Entry Tickets ONLY $5.00 ea*****************

NOW AVAILABLE at Capt. Anderson’s Marina TICKET OFFICE – sold until 12:00 pm Sat. You MUST purchase tournament ticket BEFORE you leave the dock – angler’s honor~!

5:00am – 5:00pm – 1st Annual Capt. Anderson’s Marina Lionfish “Lion-Tamer” DIVE Tournament – (Private Charter Boats Available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina or check with your local Dive Center) Divers will be donating the lionfish to FWC Tent on Festival Site for the purpose of promoting the elimination of them in our ecosystem and exhibiting how to handle them properly and then cook deliciously – come by for a taste! All other fish may be kept by angler after weigh-in. Dive Categories: Lionfish* / Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack *Lionfish will be “wild cards”, each one to count as 1 lb towards fish of diver’s choice*

5:00am – 6:00pm – Deep Sea & Bay Fishing Tournament – (Head Boats/Private Charter Boats/Your Boat) – All fish may be kept by angler after weigh-in. Categories: TROLLING: Tuna (any)/ Dolphin / Wahoo / King Mackerel, BAY: Speckled Trout / Flounder / Spanish Mackerel / Blue Fish / Pompano / Sheepshead, BOTTOM: Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack / Beeliners (Vermilion Snapper) / White Snapper (Red Porgy)

5:00am – 5:00pm – Star Queen (Head Boat) “12 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $90.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

7:00am-5:00pm – Capt. Anderson (Head Boat) “10 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $75.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

9:00am – 3:00pm – Gemini Queen (Head Boat) “6 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $60.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

10:00am – 2:00am – FREE Shuttle Buses(Coastal Coaches) to Festival begin from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 10:00am-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

10:00am – 10:00pm – Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

10:30am – 12:00pm – FREE “Kid’s Dockside Bay Fishing Experience” – meet at Tournament Totals Board

12:00pm NOON – Festival Site OPEN – FREE Entry

Opening Ceremonies on Community Stage including: Welcome & Introductions, Opening Prayer, Presentation of Colors by USN Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem

12:00 – 10:00pm – Luxury Lounge – Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Craft Beer & Wine, FRESH GULF SEAFOOD served by TOP Bay County Restaurants (Boatyard, Marina Cantina, Firefly, G. Foleys, Uncle Ernie’s, Capt. Anderson’s, Dee’s Hangout, Margaritaville, Fatty Patty’s) Admittance Price $10.00 includes keepsake glass w/a-la-carte food purchases (Food & Drink priced at $10.00 or less)

Festival Vendor Village – (food & retail vendors) Prices will be posted on site

Bay County Fishing Heritage Tent – “Old Salts” Storytelling, Kid’s History Scavenger Hunt (w/prizes), Pictures w/Educational and Historical displays, St. Andrew’s State Park-FREE

Kidz Zone & Activities – Blue Crab Races, Fighting Chair Pull, Face Painting, Beach Bouncers, Glow Lights, Sandcastle Building, and more – ALL FREE

FWC Tent – Lionfish Exhibition, Education and Tasting – ALL FREE

Bill Cramer Chevrolet car, Legendary Marina boat, Holiday on Wheels RV Show

BMI Songwriters & Community Stage Performances:

12:30 – Abigail Rose

1:15 – Local Performances, Family Activities & Art Contest Winners

5:00 – Brandon Kinney & Brent Cobb

6:00 – Blue Mother Tupelo

7:00 – Charlie Worsham

8:00 – HEADLINER – Jeffrey Steele Band

2:30 – 4:00pm – FREE “Kid’s Dockside Bay Fishing Experience” – meet at Tournament Totals Board

5:00 – 6:30pm – “Sunsets & Sea Breeze Cruise” – Lady Anderson dining yacht with dance band Seabreeze and featuring BMI Songwriters Aaron Barker & Bridgett Tatum. Wine tasting and upscale appetizer buffet included. Reservations are required, space is limited. Tickets $39.00/$35.00/$27.00 Capt. Anderson’s Marina 850-234-3435 or online at http://www.CaptAndersonsMarina.com

5:00pm – Lionfish “Lion-Tamer” DIVE Tournament – Final Weigh-In @ Tournament Totals Board

5:00-8:00pm – VIP PASS access to the Luxury Lounge -for a truly “luxurious” experience, $50 per night or $80 for a two-night pass which includes: *FREE food and wine tastings, *stage front seating for BMI Music Entertainment, *Reserved parking at Wyndham Bay Point w/shuttle both ways. For ticket purchase go to http://www.PCBSeafoodFestival.com or call 850-235-1159

5:00-8:00pm – Luxury Lounge – Ice Carving Demonstrations

Dinner specials at Capt. Anderson’s, Boatyard & Marina Cantina

5:15 -6:30pm – “Grand Lagoon & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets available http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $12.00/$6.00

6:00pm – Deep Sea & Bay Fishing Tournament- Final Weigh-In @ Tournament Totals Board

6:45 – FISH & DIVE TOURNAMENT WINNERS – ANNOUNCED ON COMMUNITY STAGE

10:00pm – Festival Site CLOSED, Last Water Shuttle to Treasure Island Marina and Pirates Cove

11:00pm – Parking Lot CLOSED at St. Andrew’s State Park

10:00pm – 2:00am – BMI Late Night Hang w/BMI Songwriter Performances:

Boatyard Restaurant

10:00 pm – Scotty Emerick, Dylan Altman & Jim McCormick

11:00 pm – Geoff McBride

12:30 am – Tyler Reeve Late Night Jam

Marina Cantina

10:00 pm – Cole Swindell & Adam Craig

11:00 pm – Charlie Worsham & Brent Cobb

2:00am Last Shuttle departs Boatyard Restaurant for FREE Parking Lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina

Sunday, October 28, 2012

11:00am – 3:00pm – Brunch with BMI Songwriters at Boatyard Restaurant, BMI Open Mic Performances

Parking and Shuttle Recap

FRI :: 4:00pm – 2:00am FREE Shuttle Buses (Coastal Coaches) to Seafood Festival from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

FRI :: 4:00 – 10:00pm Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

SAT :: 10:00am – 2am FREE Shuttle Buses (Coastal Coaches) to Festival from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

SAT :: 4:00 – 10:00pm Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

For additional information about the Luxury Lounge, VIP Access, or Custom Coach Shuttle and BMI Music Schedule contact PCB Chamber at 850-235-1159 or visit pcbseafoodfestival.com

For additional information on the Water Events, Fishing & Diving Tournaments and Lady Anderson Dining Yacht cruises, Capt. Anderson’s Marina at 850-234-3435, 800-874-2415 or visit CaptAndersonsMarina.com

My 3 Favorite Summer Food Traditions

Every summer brings a break from school, warm days at the beach and good food. Really all of these things can be enjoyed year round, but they seem to be more savory during the hot months of summer.

Fresh Seafood

One of the clear luxuries of life at the beach is fresh gulf seafood. There is something extremely satisfying about knowing your meal was just caught that day.

There are tons of great seafood markets all over Panama City Beach but the one I seem to frequent the most (because it’s close to home) is Buddy’s Seafood Market on Highway 79. I think they are open until 6 every day and reckon they start pretty early.

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I’ve enjoyed a variety of fresh fish but my favorites this summer are grouper and flounder.

My wife loves the light flavor and flakey texture of the flounder and large, thick grouper steaks just make my mouth water writing about them.

How I prepare the fish

If you’ve never prepared fresh seafood yourself, you’re really missing out. Not only is it cheaper, the chances of you getting an overcooked piece of fish are much less. 🙂

This is what I do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Lay out as many pieces of foil as you have fish on a baking sheet. Make the foil sections large enough to wrap up the edges a little.  This will keep the juices in.
  3. Put a few splashes of olive oil on the foil to help prevent sticking.
  4. Lay the individual pieces of fish on their piece of foil.
  5. Put a few plops of butter on the fish.
  6. Squirt a few dashes of lemon juice on each fillet.
  7. Sprinkle some Lawry’s salt on top.
  8. Bake flounder for about 5 minutes and check for flakiness.
  9. Grouper will probably need longer but it depends on the thickness.
  10. I generally check every five minutes or so, then every minute once I think it’s close.
Thomas’ Donuts

I wouldn’t say necessarily that I’m a donut connoisseur, but my tongue test results say these are the best donuts I’ve ever had. They are a delicacy that you have to have while you’re at the beach.

They are located right on Front Beach Road just past the Laguna Beach area.

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Pro-tip: get there early and pick up a few red velvet before they sell out. If you want to make them a little more delicious, microwave one for about 7 seconds.

Fish Tacos

True, fish tacos could fall under the ‘fresh seafood’ category, but for me, it’s a totally separate tradition. There are a variety of places that serve fish tacos with a variety of types of fish. And while Finns was my favorite at one point, my new favorite is at Hook’d.

They have two options: catfish or snapper – in which catfish isn’t really an option for me. The snapper is well worth the extra $3. They serve them with this slaw that has a flavor that, when added to the tacos, makes the flavor of the tacos really pop. They are really amazing.

But, lately, I’ve actually been into their shrimp tacos. I love the texture of the shrimp and the same sauce that graces the fish tacos makes the shrimp tacos just as delicious. Reminder, make sure to put the slaw ON the taco – it really sets you up for a party in your mouth.

Hook’d is located at the foot of the Russell Fields Pier (across from Pier Park) in Panama City Beach.

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What are your favorite summer traditions?

Secrets of PCB – Good Eatin at the Docks

This is part of our Secrets of Panama City Beach series, showing you things about the beach, you’ve never dreamed of.

This week is a special treat for me because I have the opportunity to write about one of my all time faves!  Nestled under oak trees and sitting right on West Bay; Boon Docks Restaurant is a must try Secret of PCB.  The drive to Boon Docks does make one think you may be going in the wrong direction, but rest assured it’s there, just set back off the main road.

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Charity Wine Dinner, Give a little

The Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival is just over a week away and the pre-event kickoff “Charity Wine Dinner” that will benefit the Visual Arts Center is planned for Thursday, October 9th at Breakers Restaurant.

Endorsement will come from the esteemed La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society devoted to promoting fine dining and preserving the camaraderie and pleasures at the table.

The menu for this event will consist of:

Appetizer:  Ahi Sushi Grade Tuna with a Wasabi and Rice Vinegar Vinaigrette, garnished with a seasonal Melon Salad and Belgium Endive.

Soup:  Cream of Oyster Soup with a hint of Smoked Lobster

Salad:  Bib Salad with Fresh Rasberries, Almonds, oven dried Plum Tomato and Kaiamata Olives, topped with a LemonGrass Vinaigrette.

Entee:  Pettite Filet Mignon, placed on a Boursin Cheese filled Crouton and a Marinated Mushroom, topped with Lump Crab meat and a Garllic Beurre Blanc.

Dessert:  Molting Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Beach Ice Cream and O Rasberry Coulisa.

This amazing collection of flavors of land and sea have been designed by the host chefs Dee Brown of Shores of Panama, Debbie Warren-Cook from of Breakers, and Konrad Jochum of Boatyard.  The wine partner, RNDC will be pairing the dinner courses with a selection of fine wines to best enhance the dining experience.

Seating will be limited and the cost is $85 per person, or $150 per couple and will include 1 free ticket to the day of choice at the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival.

To secure your tickets for this limited seating event, call Breakers 850.234.6060

TDC/CVB Approves $60,000 October Festival Funding

The CVB Board voted 5-0 on 7/1/08 to approve a request for $60,000.00 in funding for the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival to be held October 10-12, 2008 (Columbus Day Weekend) at Frank Brown Park. Absent were Mayor Oberst, Yonnie Patronis, Rick Russell, and Buddy Wilkes. Mike Nelson voted via telephone. The festival will be promoted by a group including Jack Bishop, C.J. Ryan, and Steve Pizza. All board members involved in the discussion seemed very supportive of the festival and funding request.

Although the festival schedule is still tentative, the promoters currently anticipate the following festival elements:

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