It’s almost time for the 40th annual Destin Seafood Festival.

During Oct. 5-7 on the Destin harbor boardwalk, you can browse local retail and craft vendors while trying local seafood and listening to local musical artists.

After last year's festival was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Nate, festival officials say they are expecting a record turnout this year.

The festival is still accepting applications for vendors but you can expect to see the usual vendors this year, as well as some new faces with items like jewelry, art, food, children’s activities and crafts. Officials say they usually see about 250 vendors each year.

There will also be multiple music stages will both local and regional musicians playing throughout the weekend.

In addition to the variety of vendors and live music, the true focus of the festival is food.

“Attendees can expect to see a great representation of local seafood from area restaurants and visiting vendors along with the coveted carnival fare many of us look forward to each year,” said Festival Chairman Jami Jones in an email to The Log.

As always, the festival is free to the general public but there is a VIP option that gives you access to reserved seating next to the Main City Stage along with catered food and drinks during the event. VIP passes are available for single-day attendance or for the entire weekend.

If you’re concerned about parking, the festival has provided free parking at Big Kahuna’s and the Emerald Coast Center parking lots, with a round-trip shuttle service for $2 per person. Parking at all other locations are subject to parking fees, including the HarborWalk parking lot.

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