Judging by the time it took to get over the Marler Bridge and find parking, the fifth annual Tacos and Tequila Festival at HarborWalk Village was a success.
By 3 p.m., the festival was sold out of tickets.
Down by the harbor, crowds of people surged like schools of fish, stopping at branded, bright yellow tents for tacos, beer, or a tequila concoction.
"This is our second year coming to the festival," said Laura Showalter, who came with her family from Magnolia Springs, Alabama. "So far, the tacos and beverages are awesome!"
Local restaurants including Mezcal, Jackacudas, Landsharks, and more handed out specialty tacos to festival goers, while alcohol brands like Modelo beer, Sauza Tequila, and Corralejo Tequila gave out beer and cocktail samples.
Destin resident Makenzie Carlson attended the festival with a group of friends.
"It’s crowded, but the tequila is awesome and the tacos are filling. It was worth the money!" Carlson said.
Some tequila flavors included spicy jalapeño, habanero and smoky agave.
Crab Island Cantina sponsored the event, and all proceeds benefited local charities Food for Thought and the Emerald Coast Honor Games.