Bienville Square will be alive and bustling with this year’s Bay Area Brunch Fest on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $15 ticket will get you samplings from 15 of Mobile’s finest brunch makers or you could splurge on the VIB (Very Important Bruncher) for $50 — limited availability, of course.

Enjoy local art and live music as well as bloody marys, mimosas, coffee and other beverages as you bounce around the square. This is a 21-and-up event with proceeds directly benefiting Lifelines Counseling Services, sustaining a healthier community in southwest Alabama since 1958. Learn more and order tickets at lifelinesmobile.org.


Perdido Vineyards celebrates U.S. Navy

Alabama’s first farm winery, Perdido Vineyards Winery, is celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday Oct. 13 with four new wine labels. Owner and U.S. Naval Academy graduate (class of 1957) Jim Eddins served various assignments in the Marine Corps until his retirement in 1983 but managed to establish Perdido Vineyards near his stomping grounds of Atmore/Bay Minnette/Perdido in 1972 and the winery in 1979.

The “Ghost Ship” label depicts the BB60 Alabama Battleship at its final berth at Battleship Park on the Causeway. The “Men and Ships” label shows two famous battleships, the BB61 Iowa and the BB62 New Jersey steaming out of the Severn River channel at Annapolis, Maryland. “Iron Men and Wooden Ships” harkens to the days of our Navy’s infancy when it was established by Congress Oct. 13, 1775, and depicts a wooden sailing frigate with a cannon. “Freedom (IX-43)” features a U.S. Naval Academy training yacht in 1940.

The wine is made from the scuppernong variety of muscadine that grows locally and is described as a semi-dry white produced for these Navy-themed labels. Visit perdidovineyards.net or call 251-937-9463. It’s a short drive from Mobile with much to offer.


Free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee with Game Changer Mondays

The greater Mobile-area Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as locations in Pensacola and surrounding areas, are offering a heck of a deal with Game Changer Mondays. Throughout this month, Dunkin’ Donuts Perks Members can score a medium hot or iced coffee as part of their coffee celebration. It might be a good idea to grab a donut while you’re there.


Dueling Banjos brunch at Fairhope Brewery

Paddle faster, I hear banjo music! Saturday, Oct. 27, the Fairhope Brewing Co. will be delivering a good ol’ pig-squealing five string-picking, brunch-serving time at its taproom. From 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. enjoy your favorite banjo songs and delicious food by Tin-Tin’s Rock and Roll Food Truck.

I’m not sure what the brunch menu will be, but their regular menu certainly rocks. From gyros and po’boys to tacos and teriyaki bowls, they cover a lot of ground but do it well. The special beer of the day will be the famous Painted Black IPA. You’re sure to hear a Stones cover or two!

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