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La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday, May 5th from 11am to 9pm with face painting, games, music and — of course — fresh house-made drinks.

La Cocina’s head chef, Ben Lilliard, will also serve his “Taco Cart Specials” outside, including tamales, burritos and corn-on-the-cob, just in case you want to grab a quick appetizer before being seated.

The streets will be closed off on Sunday for this special family-friendly Seacrest Beach block-party!

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Cantina Laredo plans to host their 5th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration just a tad bit early this year, on Saturday, May 4th from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The family-friendly event will take place at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard and at Cantina Laredo. “Best of the Emerald Coast” band winner Heritage will perform, and food, drinks and door prizes by various stores in Grand Boulevard will also be featured. For example, Fusion Art Glass will exhibit the art of glass blowing by artist and gallery owner Russ Gilbert; Fusion Spa Salon Aveda will offer chair messages and teaser treatments; and YOLO Board will be there with their new boards on display.

Cantina Laredo has also created a special margarita cocktail for the event–The Watermelon ‘Rita–made with Patron Silver and fresh watermelon for $5. Dos XX Amber and Lager and Tecate beers will also be served.

This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call Cantina Laredo at (850) 654-5649.

30A South Walton BRP spring 13 cover 30A Featured on Cover of Beaches, Resorts & Parks MagazineOur famous 30A Sticker is featured on the new cover of Beaches, Resorts & Parks magazine, now on shelves nationwide!

The new cover also features famous restaurateur, author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Paula Deen. The issue is available at every Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble in the nation, as well as in many other locations. (A free virtual copy is available online at: BeachesResortsParks.com).

Beaches, Resorts & Parks magazine is published three times per year, and was founded in January 2012 by author and publisher, Will Estell.

“All of the articles and photos are designed to entice vacationers from all over the United States to visit the beautiful beaches of Destin, Panama City Beach, and the beach towns that make up South Walton’s famous 30A,” said Estell. “From where to stay, play, and eat, to discovering the best watersports, shopping and more, readers from across the country can use Beaches, Resorts & Parks magazine to plan their perfect vacation.”

“Like” Beaches, Resorts & Parks on Facebook now for chances to win free beach vacations, dining packages, entertainment and more.

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It’s time to Boogie!

Chris Alvarado is releasing his new album, Home, at Williams Backyard Boogie this Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm.

Other local favorites including Kelsey Anna and Scott Rockwood will also perform. Ticket prices are $20 and include a copy of the album on CD. Food plates will also be available for $10 from Grayt Catering. Tickets can be purchased at any Forrest Williams show, at Central Square Records, or by calling (850) 502-6448.

Releasing an album on vinyl has always been a dream for Alvarado, and he was able to achieve it with the help of his fans through a project on Kickstarter.com. His first album, Chris Alvarado, was released in 2012 and can be found on ITunes, Pandora Radio, and other online retailers.

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Elephant Walk at Sandestin

Longtime locals are celebrating the return of the famous Elephant Walk restaurant to Sandestin’s shores.

Featuring fresh local seafood brought in daily from Destin Ice, Elephant Walk still offers their signature dish, Grouper Elizabeth, along with new creations by Chef Mike McAnulla including Shrimp and Grits, Pepper Crusted Seared Tuna, Sauteed Red Snapper, Fruitti De Mare, steaks and more. A diverse wine list and specialty cocktails also make the Elephant Walk’s deck the perfect happy hour spot for visitors coming off the beach (or locals finishing their work day).

“We are excited to bring back the tradition of Elephant Walk to Sandestin,” said Co-owner Tom Rice. “The restaurant has not only a stunning location overlooking the Gulf, but holds so many treasured memories for locals and visitors alike.”

The second level of Elephant Walk (known as the “Governor’s Attic”) offers groups semi-private dining for approximately 40-50 guests. Still undergoing redevelopment, the Governor’s Attic will be available for reservations in early May.

Elephant Walk is now open daily at 5pm. For reservations, call 850-267-4800 or visit elephantwalkatsandestin.com.


30A South Walton elephant walk Famous Elephant Walk Restaurant Returns to Sandestin

Thanks to VISIT FLORIDA® (The State of Florida’s Official Tourism Office) for promoting The 30A Card!

Barefoot BBQ

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY to Barefoot BBQ in Seaside! To celebrate, they graciously donated 10% of their total sales on 4/23/13 to Angela Ragsdale’s charity fundraiser.

Thanks to Wyndham Vacation Rentals for promoting The 30A Card!