The Downtown Cajun Cook-Off features more than 20 of the area’s favorite restaurants and bars preparing samplings of their best Cajun cuisine in a benefit for the Child Advocacy Center.
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It’s your last chance to score advance tickets for the 4th annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off this Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games, giveaways, live music and cold drinks are just the bonus to the food you’ll sample, with more than 20 teams competing for Cathedral Square bragging rights.
Visit www.cacmobile.org for online tickets at $13 each, or go to the Child Advocacy Center, Mellow Mushroom Mobile locations or Arrow Exterminating in person for $10 tickets. Tickets at the gate will be $15. See you there.
Hasta luego, Taco Shack; hola, Cactus Cantina
It was a good one, but El Camino Taco Shack in Fairhope announced last call this past weekend. The Eastern Shore eatery in the former Gumbo Shack was known for its fantastic Mexican food, libations and live music.
The good news is Fairhope diners won’t have to wait long for a replacement, as Cactus Cantina is just days from opening in the nice new Section Place development at 108 Section St., across from the police department. So Fairhopians, be sure to have a designated golf cart driver after you enjoy the margaritas!
Midtown Publix here we go
Speaking of openings, the long-awaited midtown Publix at the corner of Old Shell Road and Florida Street is scheduled to open Saturday, March 24, at 8 a.m., according to signage on the property. The development will also bring Rock N Roll Sushi and Taco Mama franchises to midtown, according to previous Lagniappe reporting.
Meanwhile, Winn-Dixie announced it would close three area stores in the coming weeks in response to market conditions: the Mobile store on Schillinger Road, the Daphne store and the Robertsdale store. The midtown Winn-Dixie on Catherine Street will remain open.
Crawfish in the Courtyard turns 9!
The Exploreum’s Junior Advisory Board is hosting its 9th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard Tuesday, April 3, at the Exploreum. This Cajun-themed fundraising soiree begins at 6 p.m. with proceeds benefiting Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children with engaging educational science experiments including IMAX films, lab demonstrations and science camps.
Last year’s attendees of this growing event raised an impressive $15,000 for the program. Tickets — $25 in advance, $30 at the door — include all-you-can eat crawfish, adult beverages, and a silent auction and raffle. Live music will be provided by Lauren Murphy. Visit www.exploreum.com for more details and tickets. This is a 21-and-up event.
More April events
As if February and March weren’t busy enough, April is already showing signs of extraordinary life. Here’s a brief rundown, with more details coming as events approach.
• The 5th annual Firkin Fest is Saturday, April 7, from noon until 8 p.m. at Moe’s Original Bar B Que downtown. Get ready for 14 different breweries and counting. This is a great event to visit after the Stapleton Bluegrass Festival, held the same day.
• St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza is Saturday, April 14, with thousands of pounds of mud bugs and tons of picking!
• USA Children and Women’s Local Goodness is Sunday, April 15. This fundraiser is enormously fun with silent auctions, incredible locally sourced catering and live music.
• Dwell Mobile, an organization providing opportunities for refugees, will benefit from the Crawfish and Corneille fundraiser Saturday, April 28, 5-8 p.m. at the Fort of Colonial Mobile. Haunt Blue Brewing will be sponsoring with their delicious suds, as cornhole teams compete over mudbugs. You needn’t have a team to enjoy the day. Tickets are $25 through eventbrite.com.
More events are soon to be announced so stay tuned. It’s a busy spring.
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