Five Reasons to Attend the Oyster Cook-Off in Gulf Shores

For the past eight years, oyster lovers have converged on Gulf Shores each fall to celebrate their favorite seafood at the Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout.  For its ninth year, the seafood celebration promises to be another foodie-star-studded event. If you're wondering why you should make a break for the beach for this delish event, here are five reasons to come with an empty stomach.

  1. Really, do we need to say more? Dozens of top local and regional chefs and restaurants will compete for your taste buds' attention on Saturday, Nov. 5. You'll find all of your favorite preparations, and we bet you'll find new ones you never knew were possible!
  2. Craft Beer. What goes best with oysters? Craft beer, of course! On Friday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 11 p.m., take your pick from more than 60 craft beers. Brewmasters will be on hand with demos, and live music will keep you entertained all evening.
  3. North American Oyster Showcase. That's right, more oysters. We know you love our fresh Gulf oysters and the boutique oysters from the Alabama Gulf Coast. At the North American Oyster Showcase, you'll have the opportunity to taste varieties flown in fresh from seven regions, including the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Maritime, British Columbia, the Mid-Atlantic, Baja Peninsula and, of course, the Gulf of Mexico.
  4. Celebrity Chefs. Learn from some of the best when nationally recognized chefs perform demos and give workshops. More chefs are being added each week, but here's a sampling of who awaits: See Martie Duncan in action as the host of the Oyster Cook-Off. Martie appeared on Food Network Star and hails from Birmingham, Alabama. Michele Ragussis of NBC's Food Fighters and the Food Network will also be on hand from South Carolina, as will 2009 James Beard Award Winner and Iron Chef Competitor Mike Lata of Maine.
  5. We know fall Saturdays are for the gridiron, but now you can have your oyster and eat it, too! Seriously, where else will you find a better-tasting tailgate party? Stop by one of the sports viewing lounges set up onsite so you don't miss a minute of oyster action or football action!

Tickets are purchased separately for the Craft Beer Weekend and the Oyster Cook-Off. Tickets for the Craft Beer Weekend start at $40. Admission to the Oyster Cook-Off is $10, but free for children 12 and under. Tasting tickets are available for pre-sale at $25 for 15 tickets, and the cook-off begins at 11 a.m. If purchased onsite, tasting tickets are $30 for 15 tickets.

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