Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama’s 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches boast a unique culinary scene filled with fantastic festivals, nationally-recognized chefs and fresh Gulf seafood.
This fall, Alabama’s beaches will play host to several recurring food festivals and events. The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival (Sept. 14-16) will kick off the season with food tastings prepared by local chefs, wine from all over the country and live music. The National Shrimp Festival (Oct. 12-15) will celebrate its 46th year on the public beach in Gulf Shores with nationally-acclaimed musical acts, 200 pounds of Gulf shrimp and hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend (Nov. 3-4) will showcase more than 70 chefs, breweries from across the southeast, live music and much more. Then, rounding out the season is the World Food Championships (Nov. 8-12). Chefs compete in nine categories, then face off at The Finale Table, with the winner being awarded the grand prize of $100,000. This year, the event is expected to bring more than 400 teams from around the world. The week-long event will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Along with the exciting culinary events, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a multitude of dining options. With waterfront and open-air seating to live music performed nightly, many restaurants have become destinations on their own. Many take pride in serving not only fresh local seafood but locally-sourced produce, cheeses and meats as well.
Visit GulfShores.com to learn more about the Alabama Gulf Coast. While there, be sure to request a copy of the 2017 vacation guide, a 100-page magazine that features a photographic tour of the area, and includes complete listings of accommodations, things to see and do, and great places to eat.