Spring Means Good Eats

As the days get warmer and longer, everyone in the Gulf Shores area heads outside to enjoy the beautiful beach views, warm sunshine, fragrant spring flowers and lots of good cooking. We have a number of festivals that celebrate the diverse culture and

culinary history of this area so when you come visit, bring your fork!Here is a sampling of what you can expect to enjoy over the next few weeks:

February 19


10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Car Show
Price: Free to the public. $10 for a plate of seafood
Location: Orange Beach Sports Complex, 4389 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Contact: 251-981-1524
Enjoy arts & crafts vendors, silent auction, balloon jumps, rock wall climb (for kids), live music, car show, great seafood & drinks and more.

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Brett Robinson's Relay for Life Chili Cook-off
Price: $5 tickets for chili tasting
Location: SanRoc Cay Marina, 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
All proceeds will be directed to The American Cancer Society.

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Chili for Charity Cook-Off
Price: $10 adults, $5 children 3-12, $30 Tom Jones commemorative bowl and admission
Location: Oak Hallow Farm, 14210 Greeno Rd. in Fairhope
Contact: 251-928-3430
Benefits Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.

March 19

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 3rd Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-off
Price: $10 (children under 10 & under FREE)
Location: Foley Heritage Park, N. McKenzie St. & Laurel Ave., Foley AL 36535
Contact: 251-943-3291 Jeanette Lawrence
Entertainment, BBQ Tasting (while supplies last), Children's Activities and Silent auction.

March 26

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM The Original German Sausage Festival
Price: Free to the public
Location: Elberta Town Park at the intersection of Main St. and State St. (Co Rd 83 and US Hwy 98)
Contact: 251-986-5805 http://sausagefest.elbertafire.com
The best German Sausage you have ever tasted! Made from a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta, AL. This is the only place you can get the real thing! Arts & crafts, live music, carnival rides, baked goods & more. Don't forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.

April 2


11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration

Price: $25 per person
Location: Jesse's Restaurant, 14770 Oak Street, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555
Contact: 251-215-9503 Wade Peryer
Sample a kaleidoscope of fresh, local seafood, fine wines, crafted micro-brews, arts and crafts and an opportunity for area restaurants to showcase various recipes using only fresh local seafood.

Mind you, these events are in addition to the numerous Mardi Gras parades and arts festivals going on across the area, so go outside. You are sure to find a celebration!

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