4 Fall Foodie Festivals You Can't Miss on Alabama's Beaches
Food, fun and festivals are taking center stage this fall on Alabama's white-sand beaches. From oysters to shrimp and hundreds of varieties of wine and craft beer, you'll need to wear your stretchy pants when you vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this fall.
It all begins with The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event, Sept. 13-15. Located on Main Street at The Wharf, more than 100 labels of wine will be available for tasting, as well as samples of unique culinary creations by some of the region’s best chefs. Watch the Chef Showdown as top culinary creators compete for a year of bragging rights. On Saturday, the can’t-miss event is the Grand Tasting from noon to 4 p.m. The Wharf’s streets will be lined with labels and restaurants offering food and wine samplings. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or newbie, with so many options available you’re bound to find one or two or three that’ll tempt your taste buds.
When an event has been held for 47 consecutive years, you know it’s one you need to experience. Join us for the 47thAnnual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 11-14 on the main beach boardwalk in Gulf Shores. Stroll the boardwalk for mouthwatering fare that includes 10,000 pounds of shrimp prepared each day by the area’s best chefs. Nearly 200 arts and crafts vendors will offer their wares, from fine arts to unique crafts. Live music will entertain crowds Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. There’s plenty for the kids to do, as well: the Children’s Activity Village will be filled with face painting, karaoke and more.
Oyster lovers won’t want to miss the 10thAnnual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout on Nov. 2 and 3. Even if you’re not an oyster lover, this isn’t a festival to miss! Hosted by The Hangout, the weekend kicks off with a craft beer sampling on Friday night with more than 60 beers from 25 craft brewers and, of course, live music all night long. Competition heats up on Saturday when dozens of chefs and restaurants compete for people’s choice awards. There will also be a Bloody Mary Invitational and an oyster-shucking contest.