I am beyond excited to share with you all that Chad and I will be attending Eggfest presented by Foo Foo Festival this year, in Pensacola. We usually travel to the Destin area a few times a year but thanks to this awesome event this will be our first time in Pensacola and we can not wait to dig into all the delicious foods the chefs prepare. There is also a VIP event a couple of nights before with an Iron Chef style showdown and my excitement is almost uncontrollable.
What is Foo Foo Festival?
When the modern performance arts have the backdrop of America’s oldest settlement, one of the South’s most charming coastal cities is magically transformed into a delightful, sensory feast. The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), presents this sensory event when the 5 th Annual Foo Foo Festival occurs November 1-12, 2018 in Pensacola, Fla. The 12-day Foo Foo Fest celebrates culturally creative happenings, events and moments and invites visitors to “Vacation Artfully” in Pensacola for nearly two weeks.
A “Foo Foo” is, by definition: An impromptu musical band known to come together on late 19th-century sailing vessels, consisting of members from the ship’s crew. So, quite literally, the gathering of Pensacola’s arts and entertainment organizations during this period of time is our very own “Foo Foo.”
Pensacola, known as the “Festival City of the South,” is the only city on the stretch of the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Ala. to Tampa, Fla. that boasts having the “big five,” an opera, ballet, symphony, theatre and museum. Foo Foo Festival’s roster of events celebrates art, music, dance, opera, theatre and cuisine with programming from 30 grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks.
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Foo Foo Fest, this year’s 2018 event features a special, large-scale interactive picture mural created from thousands of images of festival-goers. This Foo Foo Festival Picture Mosaic allows visitors to become “part of the art,” actually leaving personal, creative marks on a permanent historical art collage in downtown Pensacola, thus further emphasizing the wider community’s interconnectivity.
Other exciting highlights include:
- November 1, 2018. First City Arts Center and Pensacola State College present Women of Fire – Women artists have faced gender bias throughout history and their work has often been undervalued, stereotyping to particular media, such as fiber arts. Women of Fire presents a collaborative event including a diverse group of six female artists including a blacksmith, glassblowers, ceramic artists and a flame worker.
- November 1-2, 2018. Pensacola LGBTQ Film Festival – Stamped is a film festival featuring awarding-winning New York City Broadway performers Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina. Better known as the Skivvies, the comedy-pop duo strips down not only their musical arrangements, but to their skivvies. They perform distinctive mashups and eccentric originals on cello, ukulele, guitar, and a surprising array of bizarre, under-used instruments in a part Weird Al-parody/part sexy burlesque.
- November 1-12, 2018. Sunday’s Child, the UNITY project – an interactive, public, larger-than- life art structure celebrates our cultural uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. The project consists of posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I’m a Veteran; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ.” Participants tie colorful ribbons to those posts that reflect their identities. Ribbons intertwine together to create a web of interconnectedness, visually showing the connectivity and diversity that builds a strong, vibrant community.
- November 4, 2018. The African American Heritage Society, Inc. – “STORYTELLER’S CIRCLE: The Gullah Experience with Aunt Pearlie Sue.” Unique to the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and the Sea Islands around Pensacola, the Gullah people are a distinctive group of African Americans who live in small farming and fishing units. Story telling offers rich history from this tightly knit community that has survived slavery, the civil war and the emergence of modern American culture.
- November 8, 2018. See the Music, Hear the Dance – Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Ballet Pensacola will join forces for a performance combining breathtaking dance with live instrumental music. Featuring Ballet Pensacola’s dancers joined onstage by a septet of PSO musicians, See the Music, Hear the Dance includes landmark Impressionist works from renowned French composers, including Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. Carrying the French tradition forward is Golden Fish Under the Arched Bridge by a living American composer, Michael Senturia.
- November 8-11, 2018. CUBED Luminous: Outdoor Digital Arts Festival – a four day and night outdoor digital art festival consisting of a 12 foot by 18 foot LED cube and 16 laser projectors projecting on four eight foot by eight foot cubes located at UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza in downtown Pensacola.
- November 9-10, 2018. Truth for Youth, Inc. – Two events by Back On The Blocks include “Motown Madness Music Medley: an evening of sangin’, dancin’, and eatin’- THE SOULFUL WAY!” and “Street Beats, Bands & Bar-B-Que: an afternoon of steppin’, beatin’, and eatin’- THE SOULFUL WAY!”
- November 10, 2018. On Air with Doc Severinsen with the Pensacola Civic Band – The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson band leader and trumpeter, Doc Severinsen will perform a concert with the Pensacola Civic Band at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Doc will be joined by trumpeter Cathy Leach in a program featuring several selections from his musical repertoire of jazz and television tunes. In addition, the Pensacola Civic Band will perform many familiar television theme songs from the Fifties until today in a rollicking concert that you won’t want to miss.
- November 11, 2018 – Pensacola EggFest is a celebration of the culinary art of grilling, smoking and baking on the world famous Big Green Egg. The event consists of cooking teams from all over the Southeast. The cook teams exclusively utilize a Big Green Egg. EggFest has grown into a full weekend experience for our local and out of town visitors. Friday, November 9th, the VIP Experience will host the very first “Iron EggChef Showdown.”
For more information about the 2018 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival visit www.FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.