Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse marks the official start of the three-day race weekend celebration.  The annual culinary event takes place on Friday night at the Seaside Lyceum, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, with the Porsche of Destin VIP Experience at Taste of the Race hosted from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This vibrant event is not just for race participants, everyone is invited to celebrate, enjoy amazing food and live music and kick off another great Seaside race weekend! Chef Emeril Lagasse is live and in-person for the event, and guests enjoy cuisine from Emeril’s restaurants, along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants such as Great Southern Cafe and The Bay. Fine wine, craft spirits and local brews from the Grayton Beer Company will pair perfectly with the chefs’ preparations.

Upon check-in, please give the name(s) and email used to register. You will not need to present printed tickets. The event is SOLD OUT, and we will not sell additional tickets at the door!


  • Acme Oyster House
  • Aegean Restaurant
  • amici 30A Italian Kitchen
  • amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen
  • Bud & Alley’s
  • Caliza at Alys Beach
  • Coastal Catering & Events
  • Emeril’s Coastal Italian
  • FOOW Restaurant
  • Grayton Beer Brew Pub
  • Havana Beach Bar & Grill
  • ji Shi Ki Chn
  • Roux 30a
  • Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
  • Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
  • Signature Catering of 30a
  • Stinky’s Fish Camp
  • Surfing Deer
  • Sweet Henrietta’s Treats
  • Swiftly Catered
  • Seaside Neighborhood School Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen Students


  • Pepsi
  • Grayton Beer Company
  • Seeing Red Wine Festival
  • Distillery 98
  • Republic National
  • Southern Glazers & Spirits
  • Sazerac

Vote for your Favorite Dish

Each participating Chef  will be given one token to vote for their favorite dish. The team that has the most votes will be awarded Taste of the Race Chef’s Choice and will receive:

  • Invitation to  co-host the 2021 Seaside School Taste of the Race Event
  • A custom-made award
  • A spread in an upcoming issue of Emerald Coast Magazine
  • Recognition during the Race Expo on Saturday and at start of the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday

Each attendee will be given one token to vote for your favorite dish. The team that has the most tokens will be awarded Taste of the Race People’s Choice and will receive:

  • Signed certificate Chef Emeril Lagasse
  • A custom-made award


Parking in Seaside is limited, and we encourage our participants to take the complimentary shuttle from the public parking area on 283 to Seaside. The shuttle will run until midnight.

If you park in Seaside, please note there is NO PARKING on certain areas of Forest Street or Tupelo Circle. NO PAKRING in areas reserved or blocked with parking cones. Under NO circumstances should any parking cones be moved. The Seaside Town Council Security Team will be monitoring these areas throughout the weekend.

Silent Auction

Our silent auction is NOW OPEN! Bid before and during the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K… even if you can’t join us in person. Visit https://seaside.ggo.bid to see what’s available, from signed memorabilia to tropical getaways to jewelry to green eggs… there is something for everyone!

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Support our Schools

Finally, all proceeds from Race Weekend benefit the Seaside School Foundation, and will be used to support the Seaside School, Inc.’s programs. We could not operate the Seaside School, Inc. without your support! Click here to learn more!

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