“The partnership between Alabama Gulf Seafood and the Hangout Music Festival is a longstanding and fruitful one, and we are excited to once again be a part of this phenomenal event for the Gulf Coast,” said Chris Blankenship, director of marine resources and program administrator for Alabama Gulf Seafood. “If you’re planning to attend and want a taste of the Alabama Gulf between musical acts, we hope you’ll stop by.”

Hangout Festival is three days of fantastic music set for this weekend, May 20-22, in Gulf Shores. The Alabama Seafood Courtyard is a way for locals to enjoy the seafood they are used to and for visitors to be introduced to what makes our waters (and kitchens) famous.

The courtyard will be located on the boardwalk directly across from The Hangout, flanked by large Alabama Gulf Seafood containers. Expect the usual seafood fare, such as shrimp and grits, po’boys, etouffee and fried or grilled items, as well as shrimp spring rolls, seafood pita and coconut shrimp.

Sounds like another day at the beach to me. Out-of-towners should definitely heed the call. For more information contact www.EatAlabamaSeafood.com.

Sip and Chew turns the big 3!
If you want to be in the know for wine and food, one of the best ways is to tune in to FM 106.5 Sunday mornings for “Sip and Chew with Mike and Stu.” The live talk radio show, which is the only one of its kind in our listening area, just turned 3 years old.

It seems like only yesterday that our hosts Mike and Stu were merely known as wine expert Mike Bailey and chef extraordinaire Stuart Reb Donald. The dynamic duo is doing more for our local scene than most and have played hosts to celebrity guests over the years, including Susan Irby, John Besh, John Folse, Marty Duncan, Kid Chef Eilianna and Simon Mujumdar, as well as local celebrities like Panini Pete, John from Fish River and, last and probably least, Andy MacDonald.

I was fortunate enough to be on the show and field a couple of calls, most notably about the color of my roux. I hope that wasn’t a metaphor for anything. Keep the show rolling, guys. Congratulations.

Fairhope Brewing finalizes “Suck it, Cancer” event
Things are set to pop over at Fairhope Brewing Co. as they gear up for their 3rd annual “Suck it, Cancer” crawfish boil. A $10 entry gets you in to chow down on your share of 1,000 pounds of crawfish provided by DIP Seafood-Mudbugs and live music by Mid-Life Crisis duo.

The May 22 event begins at 2 p.m. Fairhope Brewing’s taproom is at 914 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope. There are seven teams competing, so expect a variety of crawfish. One dollar of each pour of beer goes to the American Cancer Society, so be sure to drink responsibly but generously.