When the weather starts to cool down, but we’ve got plenty of time before winter hibernation, you know what that means: it’s Seafood Season here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Well, sure, Alabama Gulf Seafood is always in season. We certainly don’t want to discourage you from eating well in the winter, spring, and especially the summer. But fall is food festival season here in the South, what with football on every TV and the holidays just a couple months away.
Here’s a quick rundown on all the delicious events you can look forward to this fall. We hope to see y’all there, and make sure you show up with an empty stomach!
Alabama Coastal Cleanup (September 21, Various Locations)
They won’t be serving food at this one, but it just wouldn’t feel right to not include such an important event.
It takes a few helping hands to keep Alabama’s beaches clean, and the Alabama Coastal Cleanup is one of the most important conservation events of the year. Join us for a Saturday morning of service at different sites all along Alabama’s Gulf Coast (then maybe treat yourself to a delicious Alabama Gulf Seafood lunch!).
Red Clay Brewing Co. Oyster Fest (September 24, Opelika)
Last year, Red Clay Brewing Co. and The Depot joined forces, and it was such a beautiful thing, they’re doing it again.
The second annual Oyster Fest, hosted at Red Clay Brewing Co. and featuring fresh Alabama oysters from The Depot, is the perfect pairing of craft beer and Gulf Seafood. Chef Scott Simpson himself will even be on hand to prepare specialty oyster dishes for attendees. And you can feel good knowing all oyster shells will be recycled by the Alabama Coastal Foundation!
Alabama Festival of Flavor (October 5, Foley)
The good people of Foley know how to throw a party, especially when it comes to good food.
The Alabama Festival Flavor is everything you could want from a fall festival in the South. They’ll be serving all kinds of delicious eats from local restaurants, fresh spirits from local breweries and wineries, all kinds of gifts from independent stores and brands, and of course, they’ll have two giant screens for all the afternoon and evening football action. See y’all there?
National Shrimp Festival (October 10-13, Gulf Shores)
Did you know that the largest shrimp festival in the world is right here in Alabama? Well now you do.
For four straight days, Gulf Shores will be filled to the brim with shrimp of all kinds, including fresh, delicious Alabama Gulf Shrimp. They’ll have live music, arts and crafts, kids activities, and all other sorts of attractions, but did we mention the shrimp? Seriously, folks, if you love these tasty crustaceans, you’ll be in heaven.
Breakin’ Bread (October 20, Birmingham)
Birmingham is a city known for its world-class culinary scene, but it’s awfully hard to sample everything.
Unless you take a trip to Breakin’ Bread, that is. One Sunday every fall, a whole host of the finest restaurants in the Magic City join forces for an afternoon feast like no other, including craft beer, local wine, and of course, plenty of Alabama Gulf Seafood from friends of ours. No wonder this annual event winds up on so many “best of” lists in Alabama and beyond.
Hangout Oyster Cook-Off (November 1-2, Gulf Shores)
One of the biggest seafood shacks on the Gulf Coast has been hosting one of the biggest seafood parties for the past decade.
If you love these magnificent mollusks, the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off is a celebration for the ages. Teams from all across the South set up shop to cook oysters in three different styles—Cajun, Rockefeller, or raw—but the audience is the true winner. There are also cooking demonstrations, book signings, craft beer and cocktail samplings, a shucking competition, live music…well, you get the idea.
Wine On The River Mobile (November 2, Mobile)
If the name doesn’t give it away, this event features two very important things: lots of delectable wines and a beautiful view to complement it.
Wine On The River returns for its third year in Mobile at the Cooper Riverside Park, and you’re in for the perfect autumn afternoon party. Enjoy wines from national and international vineyards, sample fresh dishes from local restaurants, and of course, there’ll be live music throughout the day to please your ears. This year’s theme is “Around the World,” so we hope your taste buds will be packing a suitcase.
With so many fantastic foodie events happening this fall, there’s no excuse to stay on your couch all weekend. Get up, get out, and get fed, y’all.