Bringing the Bluegrass to the Emerald Coast. Enjoy an authentic Kentucky Derby experience on May 5th at The Market Shops. Guests will sample "Derby Fare" from our favorite local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and dress to impress for your chance to "win", "place" or "show!" Come watch the 144th Kentucky Derby with Junior League of the Emerald Coast!
Get Down and Derby with the Junior League of the Emerald Coast
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC) is excited to announce The Down & Derby Fest, taking place at The Market Shops on May 5, 2018 in honor of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants highlighting the Emerald Coast’s best savory cuisine, decadent dessert and luscious libations. The menu will offer everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown.
The event will be held from 4-7pm (VIP 3:30pm) and will showcase a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Get lost in the infield with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang as they serenade guests with their southern rock melodies.
Guests will have the opportunity to dress to impress in their Kentucky Derby attire to win prizes for Most Elegant Hat, Most Creative Hat, Best Fascinator, Biggest Hat, Most Colorful Hat, Best Bowtie, and Best Dressed “Colt and Filly”.
Enjoy an extravagant VIP experience at Bijoux Destin where guests can enjoy complimentary valet parking by 30A Valet, a premium viewing area for the most exciting two minutes in sports, a private bourbon blending presentation by Timber Creek Distillery and each VIP guest will receive a commemorative 144th Derby glass in their swag bag.