Martie Duncan, Taylor Hicks and Alabama Seafood Headline Dauphin Island’s Seafood, Science & Celebrity 2012 Event

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a wonder of nature—only 53 miles long, it’s nonetheless a big provider of both fresh-caught seafood as well as an innovator in the realm of marine science. So it’s never a bad time to celebrate both of those accomplishments.

And on the evening of October 13, Dauphin Island will be doing exactly that with its Seafood, Science & Celebrity event at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium. Martie Duncan, recent finalist on Food Network’s “Food Network Star,” was tapped to host the event and bring a few friends with her.

In conjunction with the Year of Alabama Food, Duncan has invited some of the state’s finest chefs to put a unique spin on fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood. Back Forty Beer Company out of Gadsden will be providing drinks to pair with dinner throughout the evening.

For the scientific portion of the event, Assistant Professor Dr. William (Bill) C. Walton of Auburn University will be presenting his innovative new research on oyster farming. Dr. Walton has been producing top-quality gourmet oysters on his experimental oyster farm in Grand Bay, and soon these consistently sized oysters will be presented in bars and restaurants across the country.

Wrapping up the festivities will be American Idol Taylor Hicks. Fresh off a long run of his own show in Las Vegas, Hicks and his band will perform on the Estuarium deck that overlooks the Gulf.

For seafood fans that are worried about dividing time between Seafood, Science & Celebrity and the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, there will be a ferry running to and from Dauphin Island throughout the day to accommodate those attending both events.

Tickets for Seafood, Science & Celebrity are $100 each, and they’re going fast—only 250 total were made available for this exclusive celebration of Alabama Gulf Seafood. To purchase tickets, click here.