World Food Championships Trip: Pensacola Mini Vacation

Food News Today has had the opportunity to attend the World Food Championships Blogger Summit and enjoy Orange Beach, Ala. before the official kick off on November 9. The two foodies flew down to cover the 5th annual ultimate food fight and started the trip in sunshine state.

Arriving in Florida

On the journey from Chicago via Southwest Airlines, the first stop was in Pensacola, Fla. with dinner at The Fish House.

On my way to @worldfoodchampionships via @southwestair.

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The table tasted its menu and tried several southern items, including:

  • The Breezer: The area’s first commercially produced spirit, Esprit de Krewe vodka, from Rollins Distillery in Gulf Breeze, mixed with kiwi puree, melon liqueur, fresh squeezed citrus, and sparkling mineral water
  •  Southern-Fried Green Tomatoes: Cracker-crusted green tomatoes, fried, and served with pepper jelly, Creole aïoli, and hush puppies
  • Fried Grouper Bites: Fresh-cut grouper bites, cracker fried and served with a creamy rémoulade
  • Gulf Shrimp Platter: A dozen large, Gulf shrimp — grilled, grill-blackened, pecan-crusted and fried, or cracker-crumb crusted and fried (with Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits)
  • World-Famous Grits à Ya Ya: Spiced Gulf jumbo shrimp top a sauté of spinach, portobello mushrooms, applewood-smoked bacon, garlic, shallots, and cream over a heaping bed of smoked Gouda cheese grits

The World-Famous Grits à Ya Ya live up to its name and is a must-try dish. The combination is simply delicious together. Even for those who have never tried grits, the signature menu item will not disappoint. Of course being in the south and near gulf, Food News Today tried other southern and seafood favorites that were tasty, as well. Also, as drink enthusiasts, trying the area’s locally produced spirit in The Breezer was a great cocktail with dinner.

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The Fish House is located right on the water with inside and outside dining, live entertainment, gift shop and plenty of seafood and drinks to allow diners to enjoy a day or evening at Pensacola’s best restaurant. The restaurant also shares its space with Atlas Oyster House, also one of Pensacola’s top ranked restaurants.

Exploring Pensacola and Pensacola Beach

While traveling, Food News Today discovered The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival was taking place. The 44th annual festival included art, music, live entertainment and plenty of food for anyone of all ages to enjoy. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is in Downtown Pensacola’s Historic Seville Square, which is blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, so locals and tourists can make a full trip to enjoy art and water.

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival | Florida Festivals
Photo Credit: Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Inc
Next, we headed to Pensacola Beach and ran out feet through the sand.


Some fun in the #sand!

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The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy restaurants, bars, in, on and under water activities and shopping along the Gulf.

Pensacola Beach Boardwalk | Gulf of Mexico

Keep following the team’s trip for the World Food Championships on Instagram.