Adrenaline-pumping action, high stakes competition . . . and bacon.
If we had you at “bacon,” then you need to put the 2017 World Food Championships on your radar. Held Nov. 10-12 at The Wharf, more than 400 teams will compete for the limelight as well as $300,000 in cash prizes. Heralded as the largest competition in food sport, the 2016 chefs and home cooks converged on Orange Beach from 48 states and 14 countries. More than 20,000 food lovers watched them battle it out for bragging rights in 10 categories, including barbecue, burger, chili, seafood, dessert, sandwich, chicken recipe, steak, World Chef Challenge and, of course, bacon.
For the second year in a row, the event will be hosted in Orange Beach. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach boast a thriving culinary scene, so the table is already set for a delicious week of foodie fun. There will be plenty of events throughout the World Food Championships for observers to participate in, including the VIP Lounge from Friday to Sunday. The VIP Lounge will offer the ultimate foodie experience with celebrity chef demos, a bird’s-eye view of the competition and a sampling of award-winning dishes straight from the competitors’ tables. Tickets to the VIP Lounge are $50 and a limited number are available.
Families will enjoy the World Food Games. This free event will run Friday through Sunday, presenting a series of games that makes it okay to play with your food. Contestants will compete in speed cup stacking, team egg tossing, corn shucking and a marshmallow contest. The sights and smells of the Kitchen Area where contestants prepare their dishes will work up your appetite, and the food truck will be ready to satisfy your hunger over the weekend. Don’t miss the Tasting Village, also from Friday to Sunday, where just a $5 fee allows you to sample local, regional and national fare.
Additional events are planned throughout the weekend. The low fall rates on Gulf Shores beach houses and Orange Beach condos make it affordable to watch up-and-coming chefs and home chefs compete on a level playing field at the 2017 World Food Championships.