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Salute to Sunset VIP Viewing Party - Friday

“Salute to Sunset” is a Tall Ships Signature Event featured in Port Cities around the country. The Tall Ships Pensacola VIP event will feature delicious samples from a variety of Chefs and restaurants showcasing Pensacola’s diverse food culture.  Enjoy a complimentary bar with beer, wine and spirits. VIP Ticket holders will have full access to the festival grounds. Live music at the VIP Stage by “Perdido Brass” with members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and live music at the Michelob Ultra Stage by “The Gulf Coast Blues Boy”, Jamall Richardson. We invite you to become part of history celebrating Pensacola’s Maritime Heritage with Tall Ships Pensacola’s inaugural festival. Don’t miss this exclusive sunset party among the Tall Ships.

Event Details

  • Access to the Festival grounds on Friday at 5pm; VIP Admissions Gate
  • 7pm-9pm VIP event opens at Plaza de Luna
  • 7pm-9pm Live performance by “Perdido Brass” with members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
  • 8pm-10pm Live music by “Jamall Richardson” at the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden
  • VIP ticket holders, PYC Reception guests and Media, use the South Palafox VIP entrance for wristbands and entry
  • Complimentary hosted bar with beer, wine and spirits 
  • 21 years and older event
  • Attire: Upscale casual

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About the Chefs

Chef Eric Troup: Margaritaville Beach Hotel, "Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Café" 

Frank and LolaBlurring the lines between Asian, Cajun and Caribbean flavors, Chef Eric Troup has made his mark on the Gulf Coast culinary community. 

Early influences of fresh fruits and vegetables while working on farms and orchards inspired his interest and passion for food. Moving to Atlanta in his mid-teens and working in local area kitchens added a layer of Southern Comfort and Caribbean flavors to his culinary style. In the early 90’s Chef Eric migrated with his family to the Gulf Coast. Here, he climbed the ranks of the Hilton Corporation and was given the opportunity of Executive Chef at Portofino Island Resort where he received national recognition in Southern Homes and Garden for his upscale Coastal Comfort menu. For the past eight years, Chef Eric has been the Executive Chef at Margaritaville Beach Hotel where he oversees Frank & Lola’s Love Pensacola Café and Landshark Landing Beach Bar and Grill.  To this day Chef Eric continues to receive accolades for his unique food experience.

Chef Gus Silivos: Skopelos at New World 

GusChef Gus Silivos has been serving up great Southern food with a Mediterranean flair for most of his life. Chef Silivos is most widely known for his years at the helm of the iconic Pensacola restaurant, Skopelos, as well as local favorites Nancy's Catering & Events and Scenic 90 Cafe. With a commitment to serve not only the best the Gulf Coast has to offer, but to also create culinary pieces that appeal to a multitude of palates and needs, his work in the kitchen continues to excel, transform, and impress. Don't miss his signature Scamp Cervantes, a dish that became famous when then-President George H.W. Bush stopped into Skopelos and raved about this local seafood classic. 

Peat & Pearls: Oysters and Scotch 

Peat and PearlsIf you press your ear to a seashell, you can hear the sound of the ocean echo back. Seabirds sing, shells whisper, and oysters tell stories.

The flavor of an oyster, like that of a good Scotch, is affected by its environment and can tell you much about its home - if you're willing to listen.  We wanted to celebrate home-grown Sea-Farmers, their delicious oysters and the way of life they represent, and we couldn't think of any better way to do it than by throwing a good, ol'-fashioned oyster roast. What goes better with oysters than Scotch? We couldn't think of anything, either. 


Chef John Smith: Hemingways

Hemingways ChefChef John Smith started his journey in Mobile Alabama, working with local restaurants. Building his knowledge in the culinary field, moving to world catering and becoming an executive chef at age 18. studied at USA culinary arts institute in Atlanta Georgia. Moving to Pensacola Florida in 1986 where he began another culinary career with local and renowned Chef Earl Peyroux. being one of Chef John's friends and mentors he accomplished many awards and opportunities to work with other local Chefs helping to hone his skills. Becoming one of Pensacola's Top Chefs. He enjoys teaching young chefs who also have gone on to make a thriving carer in this field. Chef John is now with Hemingway's Island Grill on Pensacola Beach with many other achievements such as Best Chef of Pensacola. Multiple Best Dish awards from, Taste Of The Beach and the UWF - TOP CHEF award. He has Passion for southern style cooking and Cajun cuisine. being world traveled helps his culinary flair and styles. Just remember this { If You Can Think It You Can Cook It } never be unwilling to try something new it just might be the next wonder of the world,, yumm :)

Chef Cheri Hubek: Hot Spots BBQ

Cheri Cheri Hlubek is a Pensacola native that has been an integral part of building the positive community that is at the core of the city today. Her detail-oriented work ethic is rooted in over 30 years of experience as an esthetician. In 2013, she transitioned from beauty to Barbecue and has never looked back. Her current position as Co-Owner and Catering Director of Hot Spot Barbecue has provided her the platform to touch the people of the Emerald Coast like never before. Her lively personality and entrepreneurial spirit have pushed Hot Spot to be voted Best of The Coast 5 years running. Cheri utilizes every day as a new opportunity to learn, network, and share gratitude. She credits her husband Jim and her Heavenly Father for her successes in all her endeavors.



Chef Tilani Dissanayake: The Fishing Hole

Tilani Dissanayake Tilani Dissanayake is a 31-year-old local business owner who hails from the small island country of Sri Lanka. She’s quite well-traveled, as she was born in Kuwait, raised in Kandy, Sri Lanka, lived 9 years in Milan, Italy, and settled here in Pensacola 6 years ago. She brings a passion and cooking knowledge from countries near and far. The Fishing Hole began as a hobby for Tilani, as she picked out a 10 seat “hole” in the wall to share her twist on southern style American seafood dishes. This hobby quickly morphed into a business, as she capitalized on her neighbors moving out and expanded her restaurant into what is now a 70-seat operation on Brent Lane across from Pensacola Christian College. Tilani is a passionate and tireless worker, and when she is not running the kitchen at The Fishing Hole you can likely find her running elsewhere, as she enjoys obstacle course races, biking, traveling, and doing just about anything else involving nature and fitness.

Travis Wilson: Brew Ha Ha

Travis WilsonTravis Wilson is the Executive Chef of Brew Ha  Ha Neighborhood Eatery in the heart of East Hill.  He was with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos since 2012.  He was Sous Chef for 3 years and then Executive Chef for 3 years.  He is a local kid who is born and raised in the Pensacola area.  He has worked at a variety of local restaurants in the area including Jackson's Steak House and Hemingways Island Grill.  He credits the people he has worked for and with for helping to shape his culinary style.