Saturday, January 03, 2009

Spice up your January with the 20th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-Off at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

T2F Note: White sand, blue green water, cajun food, ahhhhhh. This cookoff at Sandestin receives the coveted Fayette Front Page Day Tripper award. While it isn't likely we'll all rush to Destin for a day trip, we are inclined to make a weekend out of it!

/PRNewswire/ -- With live Cajun music, door prizes and gumbo, the 20th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-off, held at The Market Shops at Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort, is sure to spice up anyone's afternoon. Held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., this event will be fun-filled with live authentic Cajun and Zydeco music by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and plenty of tasty gumbo.

Celebrity judges including Shelley Harrington of Southern Living Magazine and Tom Lewis from NBC/WJHG-TV will hold blind judging contests for top "Critics Choice" awards. All Cook-Off attendees will have an opportunity to vote for "The People's Choice" awards, while registering to win gift certificates and prizes.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the event. For ticket information, contact The Market Shops at 850/267-8092. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Destin Family YMCA and the Walton Education Foundation, Inc., both of which are United Way agencies.

For people wanting a great weekend getaway, Sandestin offers terrific rates as low as $89 at the Bayside Inn, and at the Village or Grand from $119 with the option to upgrade to a one bedroom for only $10 more. For accommodations, people can visit or call 800/470-7389, and mention code 225813.

Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America. Located on Florida's Beaches of South Walton, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages. Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations like no other Destin vacation rentals. The resort boasts more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues. Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management, a leader in destination resorts.

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