It’s Almost Time for Smoke on the Coast July 3

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The 11th Annual Smoke on the Coast Barbecue and Fireworks Festival, benefitting Coins for a Cause, returns Sunday, July 3. This year’s event is magically presented by PRESTO! at The Magic Parlor, a pop-up magic show featuring five internationally-renowned acts that have graced the stages of Broadway, London’s West End, America’s Got Talent, and more. The show is taking place in Destin through Aug. 28. The evening kicks off with live music from The Duchess Band. As guests arrive, they will be greeted with the sweet and smoky aroma of barbecue being prepared by local restaurants and barbecue groups. Barbecue aficionados can enjoy $1 samples and vote for the People’s Choice winners.

Non-profit organizations and local charities are at the heart of this event. Each teams with a local restaurant or group to compete for more than $80,000 in cash prizes and the title of “Best Barbecue.”

The participating barbecue teams and their partnering charities are: Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida partnered with Pallet Bar and Grill; Dog-Harmony partnered with Café Rico; Destin Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast partnered with Smoke ‘N Whiskey BBQ; Habitat for Humanity partnered with Habitat ReStore; Children in Crisis, Inc. Florida partnered with B&C Fire Safety; Gulf Coast Council Boy Scouts of America partnered with Smok’n Scouts BBQ Crew; Air Force Enlisted Village partnered with Knife’s Edge; Rotary Club of Destin; Emerald Coast Science Center partnered with Bow Tie BBQ and Catering; United for a Good Cause Inc. partnered with Conexion Media Group; Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club; Northwest Florida State College Culinary Management Program; The Implant Truth Survivors Non-Profit partnered with A Cup of Cajun; Healing Hoof Steps partnered with Market 21

At 7:30 p.m., Tobacco Road Band takes the stage while guests continue to enjoy the free face painting and photo booth until the best fireworks on the coast light up the sky beginning at 9:15 p.m.

To keep up with event details, visit www.DestinCommons.com and follow Destin Commons on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.