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Gumbo, ya-ya spice up Valentine’s Day

Maybe what’s in order this Valentine’s Day is something to spice up your romance.

Maybe what’s in order this Valentine’s Day is something to spice up your romance.
Courtesy of the Village of Baytowne Wharf

In Sandestin, a fishing village about the size of Palatka on Florida’s Emerald Coast, this weekend you can fill up on the gumbo ya-ya while you contemplate how best to light your sugar’s Valentine’s fire.

Fresh sea air, fresh seafood and the spice of life!

What more can you ask for from the “world’s luckiest fishing village”?

25th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

  • Fri., Feb. 14 & Sat., Feb. 15
  • Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. $15 per person for the Seafood Boil on Fri.
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • 9100 Baytowne Ave.
  • Destin, Fla.
  • Phone: 800-622-1038 or 850-267-8000, For questions regarding the Seafood Boil on Friday, February 14th, call 850-267-7778 .
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The weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. on Friday with a Seafood Boil at the Baytowne Marina Bar & Grill in Destin, Fla. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, please call 850-267-7778.

The Festival proper starts on Saturday at noon with live music, fun for the kids and, of course, the food.

Vote for your favorite gumbo – chicken, sausage or seafood, dark or light roux – in categories such as “People’s Choice,” “Area’s Best” as well as for awards for “Best Display” and like that.

Is your mama Catholic, and can she make a roux?

A roux is the engine that drives the gumbo.

A simple thing to think about and a hard thing to make, a good roux is equal parts fat and flour cooked down to make a flavor that can be light and creamy or dark, rich and smoky.

Add the Trinity – celery, bell pepper and onion – Worchestershire sauce, filé (ground sassafrass) and your favorite fresh seafood plus a little salt and some red hot pepper, and you have gumbo – bright and savory and so good that you can’t believe that it’s even good for you.

That’s what big Sandestin’s party is all about.

Come rain or shine, all weekend long.


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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact:

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