Destin Commons’ 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Firework Festival a Huge Success

Locals and visitors alike gather to raise more than $88,000 for 18 local charities

Destin, FL (July 10th, 2019)… The 9th annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Firework Festival on July 3rd, 2019 brought together locals and visitors alike to celebrate Independence and local charities. In total, the event raised $88,000 for 18 local non-profits, making this the biggest donation to date.

“Smoke on the Coast has become Destin Commons’ way to kick-off patriotic festivities surrounding the 4th of July.  It is our way of bringing together the locals and visitors of our community in celebration of our country while giving back in a BIG way!”
– Heather Ruiz, Senior Director of Marketing & Leasing at Destin Commons

BBQ aficionados enjoyed $1 samples from 18 area restaurants and BBQ groups and gave their vote for their favorite as People’s Choice winners. Awards were also given for Judge’s Pick and Most Spirited. The winners are as follows:

People’s Choice Awards
1st – Destin Rotary Club
2nd – Hub City Smokehouse/Habitat for Humanity
3rd – Brightview Landscaping/Taylor Haugen Foundation
4th – Buh’s BBQ/Junior League of the Emerald Coast
5th – Big Red Truck/Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast

People’s Choice 1st Place: Destin Rotary Club

Judge’s Pick Awards
1st – Smokin Hot Wheels BBQ/Niceville Rotary Club
2nd – Café Rico/Dog Harmony
3rd – Cold Creek BBQ/ Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
4th – Destin Rotary Club
5th – Bowtie BBQ/Emerald Coast Science Center

Judge’s Pick 1st Place: Smokin’ Hot Wheels BBQ/ Niceville Rotary

Spirit Awards
1st – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
2nd – Destin Rotary Club
3rd – Gulf Coast Council Boys Scouts of America
4th – Dog Harmony
5th – Taylor Haugen Foundation

 

Spirit Awards 1st Place: Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast

Over the years, this event has evolved from a small philanthropic initiative to the way our community begins the celebration of freedom and American pride. So we had to ask the question to our event attendees, “Are you proud to be an American?”

“Are we proud Americans, are you kidding? We have 500 proud Americans out on our village. We represent them and give them a place to live. We have military spouses from all over the world, the Air Force enlisted retirees, and we couldn’t be more proud to represent the Air Force enlisted village.”
– Ryan Price, Community Relations for Air Force Enlisted Village

“Oh man I am so patriotic, I am so proud of our men and women that fight for our freedom and I believe in the American flag and everything it represents.”
– Marcia Hull, CEO of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Family and friends gather from all over to experience the lifestyle center that celebrates patriotism all year long. Destin Commons is proud of the stores and restaurants (click here for a full list) that support our military every day and we invite all to enjoy the best BBQ festival in support of local non-profits along Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Award-winning Destin Commons, featuring over 90 stores and restaurants, is anchored by Bass Pro Shops; Belk; H&M; Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill; the largest Lush in Florida; and AMC Destin, a 14-screen movie theatre.  The outdoor lifestyle center also offers 70,000 square feet of Class A office space, free Wi-Fi access, interactive pop fountain, and the brand new Luckey Climber and children’s play area. Destin Commons is located at the corner of US Highway 98 and the Mid Bay Bridge Road.  For additional information, call (850) 337-8700, or visit www.DestinCommons.comFacebookInstagramDine Instagram or Twitter.

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Destin Commons
4100 Legendary Drive, Destin FL 32541
Phone: 850-337-8700
www.destincommons.com
bzannis@turnberry.com

About Destin Commons

Destin Commons Voted “Best Place to Shop” by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine, award-winning Destin Commons in Destin, Florida, continues to set the standard as Northwest Florida’s premier open-air lifestyle center. Set on 56 acres, the architecturally unique property managed by Turnberry Associates in partnership with Legendary, Inc., features more than 90 stores and restaurants offering the finest shopping, dining and entertainment, including Bass Pro Shops; Belk; H&M; Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill; the largest Lush in Florida; and AMC Destin, a 14-screen stadium-style movie theatre. Destin Commons also offers 70,000 square feet of Class A office space, free Wi-Fi access, interactive pop fountain, and the brand new Luckey Climber and children’s soft play area. Destin Commons is located at the corner of US Highway 98 and the Mid Bay Bridge Road.

 

Press Contact

Name: Brooke Zannis, Marketing Manager
Phone: 850-837-8700
Email: bzannis@turnberry.com

Dropbox Image Link: SOTC 2019 Image Gallery
Media Kit: Proud to be an American – Destin Commons

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