Special Events

Beach, BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Weekend

Braise yourself ... It is all about beach, BBQ, bourbon and beer this June when The Gasparilla Inn & Club kicks off the ultimate summer culinary weekend. The National Historic Landmark's second annual B4 Weekend will be led by The Inn's Chef Shipley and feature guest chefs from across the country. The weekend is filled with great food, cooking demonstrations, music and plenty of tasting and tippling. Experience Florida and barbecue the way it was meant to be, Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.

The Beach, BBQ, Bourbon & Beer weekend begins with a Friday evening island reception co-hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine featuring barbeque specialties by the weekends expert guest chefs. Diners will have the opportunity to sip bourbons and southern beers while learning about – and tasting the results of – barbecue techniques such as braising, smoking and roasting.

The sipping, tasting and grilling continues with Chef Shipley and his guest chefs throughout Saturday. Attendees are invited to discover lauded barbecue sauces, beer and bourbon via culinary demonstrations and tastings. Learn the history of bourbon and how it is made via a bourbon distillery demonstration and tasting. Enjoy a Canal Cruise on a Cavana Classic Charter, take in gulf views on The Porsche Island Driving Experience or head out on a Tarpon Fishing Adventure. The Inn's Beach Club is also available to relax on the pristine, sparkling white sand beachfront and at the large family pool.

The weekend culminates with the Finale Dinner on The Inn's Croquet Lawn, presenting barbecue with a refined twist. All of the weekend's culinarians will collaborate on the special menu for this evening, which will be complemented with your favorite beverages and live music.

Click here for the B4 2014 Weekend Schedule of Events.