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The Skinny on Fall’s Best Culinary Festivals

The Alabama Gulf Coast is packed with fun, fall culinary events that’ll bring out the foodie in us all.

2021 Sweetest Chefs

Here’s the skinny on upcoming festivals filled with good eats in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

2021 Sweetest Chefs is an EATYALL Signature Event slated for Sept. 17-18 at The Wharf. This fun event features top pastry chefs from across the nation offering more than 20 dessert tastings along with demonstrations and opportunities to vote for your favorites in the Sweetest Chefs Awards. Bring your stretchy pants and sweet tooth.

The Annual National Shrimp Festival is scheduled for Oct. 7-10 on the Main Public Beach in Gulf Shores. This event attracts some 300,000 folks each year looking for hours of live entertainment, scrumptious food from more than 50 local and regional vendors, lots of outdoor activities (including building sand sculptures) and some 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors.

The Original German Sausage Festival will be held on Oct. 30 with free admission. In the South Baldwin Town of Elberta, this 40-year-old tradition offers entertainment for children and adults, arts and crafts, carnival rides and a full-scale midway along with a Bier Garden plus Elberta’s famous German sausage and sauerkraut. This semi-annual event has been spearheaded by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department since 1978. Fun fact: about 6,000 pounds of German Sausage are consumed at each festival.

Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout

Check out the Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout on Nov. 5-6. Sip on sample craft beers from more than 30 vendors on Friday evening and enjoy live music. Saturday brings the Oyster Cook-Off with chefs from across the country offering a variety of preparations. Don’t miss the oyster shucking contest and the Bloody Mary Invitational.

*Please note, as of this writing, this event has not yet been confirmed for 2021. These are the anticipated dates for the Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout. 




Don’t forget to check out fall deals on lodging to complete your stay when attending these spectacular events.

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