When we launched the expo in 2016, we weren’t sure what to expect—first-time events are always full of surprises—but we knew the Emerald Coast was ready for what the expo had to offer. 

New businesses were popping up from Fort Walton to Destin offering products and services devoted to holistic wellness and environmental sustainability. Natural Awakenings, which shares those goals, had been eagerly received by readers and advertisers. We were convinced that this community of forward-thinking people would enjoy the opportunity to gather, explore and advance the wide world of natural health and green living.

We were right. In four short years, the Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo has became one of the area’s most anticipated annual events. For one special weekend every year, thousands of people flock to the convention center in Fort Walton Beach to discover what’s new in fitness, yoga, meditation, nutrition, functional medicine, holistic healing and sustainability. We’ve seen enormous growth not just in attendance, but also in appreciation for the businesses and practitioners who make the expo happen.

This year’s expo promises to be bigger and better than ever, especially since we’ve moved it from spring to later summer to better serve the local community. This event is about self-care, after all, and it makes sense to offer it when the tourists have largely gone, the kids are back in school, and the rest of us can finally take a breath and focus on our health and well-being. 

More Exhibitors, Loads of Freebies 

The Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo showcases the latest in fitness, yoga, meditation, nutrition, functional medicine, holistic healing and green living. This year a record 100-plus exhibitors will be on hand to talk about their services and products, give informative presentations and workshops, lead cutting-edge fit-body classes or offer nutritional demonstrations. Our popular fair trade market is back, and again this year we have an assortment of body-care and healing treatments to sample.  

As always, the indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces, demonstrations, presentations and music are free and open to all. Workshops and classes are available for a nominal fee, and private sessions with natural and spiritual healers are offered at a reduced rate. We encourage all visitors to register to win our various door prizes, which include gift certificates, spa packages and gift baskets. 

With free admission and more exhibitors than ever, the Emerald Coast Holistic Health Expo provides the perfect opportunity to meet the premier providers of our healthy living community—from those on the industry’s cutting edge to those with a long history of providing innovative services and products with compassion and care. Enjoy! 

-Daralyn and Scott Chase

Publishers, Natural Awakenings magazine