Photo courtesy of The Downtown Cajun Cook-Off
Has it been five years already? It’s time for the 5th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook Off Saturday, March 23 at Cathedral Square. The event begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. Plenty of teams are competing this year for the ultimate bragging rights — all to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile.
It’s a family friendly event, but you can expect adult beverages to wash down that delicious food, and live music to aid in the digestion. Catch tunes by the inimitable Phil and Foster as well as the Port City’s newest sensation, the Red Clay Strays.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 online and $15 at the gate. Get yours in person at Mellow Mushroom, Arrow Exterminators, or at the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile. Visit www.cacmobile.org for more information. Don’t miss this!
ACS Chilli Cook Off turns 30
It’s one week to the day after the Cajun soirée, but the 30th Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook Off will be held Saturday, March 30 at 109 Government St., Mardi Gras Park, in Mobile from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 with kids 12 and under attending free. It’s all the chili you can stand as well as plenty to drink and live music. Check out this Nappie Award winning event.
Barleybrine Oyster and Craft Beer Weekend coming to Pensacola
April 4 through the 6 you may consider making the short drive to Florida for the Barleybrine Oyster and Craft Beer Weekend in beautiful downtown Pensacola. Celebrity chefs, the Gulf Seafood Foundation, and some of the region’s best craft brewers are coming together to celebrate Florida’s Forgotten Coast. For this good a time, you may forget that you’ll be raising money for the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s storm relief efforts, more specifically for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
“Florida’s Forgotten Coast is home to some of the fiercest folks you’ll ever meet,” says event organizer T.S. Strickland, founder of publishing and live events company Blue Collards. “If you’ve ever tossed back a dozen Florida oysters and a pitcher of beer, you’ve benefited from their hard work. The seafood industry here has had it tough, but they’ve always been tougher. We want to honor their oysters, their way of life, and the fighting spirit that sustains it.”
There’s a kickoff party at a local brewery April 4. A beer dinner April 5 will feature Dothan’s own Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, the recent winner of “Top Chef,” as she prepares a five course meal with craft beer pairings and a guided oyster tasting with Joseph and Teresa Mercer, local oyster farmers of TAB Oyster Co.
Saturday, April 6 is the Grand Tasting from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at De Luna Winery. Tickets for this event range from $15 for designated drivers to $75 for VIPs. For more information visit www.bluecollards.com.
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