Gulf Shores, Alabama—America’s finest oysters and a trendsetting culinary scene

Nov 29, 2017

The Hangout Oyster Cook Off held every November in Gulf Shores, Alabama draws thousands from near and far
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The Annual Oyster Cook Off at the Hangout held every November in Gulf Shores, Alabama is just one of the many events that draw thousands of visitors to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

Join Kay Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism’s Public Relations Manager at the Cook Off followed by a visit with award-winning chef, Chris Sherrill, one of Coastal Alabama’s noteworthy culinary wizards, at Salt restaurant, San Roc Cay Marina.

Happy oyster eaters at the Hangout Oyster Cook Off in Gulf Shores, Alabama
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The annual Hangout Oyster Cook Off in Gulf Shores, Alabama draws more than 70 local, regional and national chefs, competing in three categories: raw, Cajun, and Rockefeller. 

Oysters love the estuaries around Gulf Shores, Alabama
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Thousands flock to taste the best of the best, listen to live country music, and down some beer.

Baskets of batter-coated shrimp-and-fries is old-school here as the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach food scene is raising the bar nationwide with trend-setting, locally sourced, organic and sustainable cuisine. 

The Caribe condos at Gulf Shores...there are 17,000 residents in Gulf Shores along with more than 17,000 vacation homes and condos
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