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. 

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Orange Beach Alabama

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.

World Food Championships in Orange Beach Alabama

For the ultimate in food sport competitions, hundreds of chefs will compete at The Wharf in Orange Beach during the 2018 World Food Championships. Held Nov. 7-11, chefs and home cooks will compete for $300,000 in cash prizes in 10 categories, including bacon, barbecue, burgers, chili, desserts, recipes, sandwiches, seafood, steak and a chef challenge. Get tickets to the VIP Lounge for chef demos, complimentary refreshments, samples of award-winning dishes and a bird’s-eye view of the action. The World Food Games is a free family event Friday to Sunday; it includes speed cup stacking, team egg tossing, marshmallow challenge and more. Bourb’N’Que, a fundraiser supporting local charities, is another popular event during the competition week, as is the Tasting Village that offers samples from local, regional and national food brands.

With so many delicious reasons to break for the beach this fall, you may have a difficult time deciding which event to attend. The low fall rates on Gulf Shores condos and Orange Beach hotels may have you considering attendance at more than one!

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