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It’s that November weekend we look forward to the most: the mass sacrifice of thousands of oysters all in the name of good folks coming together for live music, craft brews and the chance of a celebrity sighting or two. The Hangout Oyster Cook-off, Craft Spirits & Beer Weekend is back for its 12th year.
Friday, Nov. 1, is the kickoff party, where the spirits are high. You may find bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle paired with high-end barbecue or Matusalem rum with Caribbean cuisine. Of course, tequila goes with Mexican food, and boutique bottles like Avion 44 won’t disappoint. The craft beer village will be a sure-fire way to get your suds fix, with gourmet burgers and dogs. All this talk about food and I haven’t mentioned a single oyster. That’s for day two.
Saturday, Nov. 2. Take a moment. Close your eyes and open your nostrils. There will be more glorious aromas in the air than most could imagine. Restaurants begin competing for cash. Celebrity chefs like Michael Symon (“Iron Chef America,” “BBQ Brawl,” “Burgers, Brew & ‘Que”) and world champion barbecue pitmaster Chris Lily (“The Chew”) will be making guest appearances along with many other celebrity chefs. Keep an eye on the Publix hands-on demo stage for live instruction from these pros.
The Big Green Egg “tailgating experience” is well worth the visit. It’s the North American Raw Oyster Showcase that takes most of my tickets, though, as I get to sample oysters from all over the continent.
Live music from Jimmy Hall and the Muscle Shoals All-Stars makes it even better. Tickets start at $10 and climb as high as $250. You’ll need one for both days. Visit hangoutcookoff.com.
Bayou Bash brings flavor to Midtown
Friday, Nov. 1, will be the night to be at the corner of Government and Ann. All Saints Episcopal Church’s Bayou Bash promises fun and flavor with great food, live and silent auctions and music by DJ Rhettro. The $40 ticket gets you food, drinks and access to a bidding number, with the live auction beginning at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to community outreach programs in Mobile.
Bay Area Brunch Fest Nov. 9
The third Bay Area Brunch Fest is coming to Bienville Square Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sample brunch, breakfast and lunch items from 15 restaurants in beautiful Downtown. Live music from Roman Street and Simone French with Trouille Troupe. Expect Bloody Marys, mimosas and Carpe Diem coffee.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate with VIB (“very important bruncher”) tickets at $50 gaining you access to a private bar, separate restrooms and private seating. Proceeds benefit Lifelines Counseling Services. Visit lifelinesmobile.org for more on this 21-and-over event.
Trellis Room gets makeover
The ever-evolving Battle House is revamping its Trellis Room. This culinary center of the hotel is getting new décor, an Italian food theme, shareable family-style portions and a more approachable vibe and pricing. Expect them to reopen around Nov. 16.
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