We’re back for 2023 and excited to celebrate one of the most anticipated, annual culinary events in South Walton, the unofficial pre-party to the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K, Taste of the Race! Join us on Friday, February 17, 2023, in the iconic Seaside Lyceum as we enjoy cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants.

Party-goers can attend this delicious Seaside party that features more than 20 local chefs competing for the top culinary awards including the coveted Chef’s Choice Award.

Runners, supporters, and locals have a couple of options to choose from when deciding how to Taste the Race:

Taste of the Race VIP Experience 
$300 – Tickets are non-refundable
Friday, February 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Start the party early by splurging on the limited access. You’ll enjoy appetizers, fine wine, craft cocktails, and local brews, as well as an exclusive entrance into the main event and special VIP gift bag. (Event details are subject to change.)

  • Exclusive early entrance into the Taste of the Race area, as well as VIP Experience access throughout the evening
  • Backstage lounge access
  • Exclusive full bar
  • Special VIP gift bag
  • Hors d’oeuvres, complimentary fine wine, craft cocktails, and local brews

Taste of the Race General Admission
$100 – Tickets are non-refundable
Friday, February 17th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K weekend kicks off in delicious style. This annual showcase of South Walton’s unforgettable culinary style is a must-do for anyone interested in getting the most out of race weekend. Rain or shine, our guests are able to sample culinary delights from the area’s top chefs and restaurants while enjoying live music and the company of fellow racers and local foodies. (Event details are subject to change.)

  • Enjoy cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurant

    Aegean Greek

    Amici 30A

    Amigos 30A

    Black Bear Bread Co

    Blue Mountain Bakery/Swiftly Catered

    Bud & Alley’s


    Fish Out of Water

    The Chicken Shack

    Havana Beach


    Marrow Private Chefs

    Red Bar

    Shrimp Shack

    Shunk Gulley

    Signature Catering

    Surfing Deer

    Sweet Henrietta’s

    Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs

  • Complimentary fine wine, craft spirits and craft beer
  • Live entertainment by THE VELCRO PYGMIES!

Your support matters!

The Seaside School, Inc. depends on the funds raised from these events to operate our beloved community school. Proceeds from the 2022 Taste of the Race will directly support the culinary program at the Seaside Neighborhood School, which presents educational opportunities for students in grades 5 through 8. Through this opportunity, our students will have the ability to continue to expand their knowledge about food and healthy habits in our very own Seaside Neighborhood School Culinary Garden.