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The admission is free and the shrimp are plentiful for the 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores. The four-day event runs Oct. 10 to 13 and attracts more than 300,000 people to enjoy more than 100 hours of music ranging from blues, Motown, Southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country, but the tunes could be overshadowed by the food.
Expect 50 local and regional vendors to line the boardwalk of our public beach with mouthwatering offerings as over 10,000 pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp will be prepared each day by the area’s best chefs and their award-winning recipes, only to be given away for sampling at the sponsor tent. You can thank Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and Wind Creek Casino for that.
There is the high school competition where singers compete in elimination rounds known as Singing for Scholarships. Out of all the competitors from seven different schools, scholarships will be awarded to the top three.
More events include the Second Annual Little Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, the Annual Sand Sculpture contest, a Children’s Activity Village, a 10K and 5K run (or walk, if you prefer), nearly 200 booths of art and the new Chevrolet models on display for the car lovers.
Did I mention shrimp? Visit myshrimpfest.com for more.
Hometown girl brings elevated Southern food downtown with SOCU
Erica Barrett, founder and CEO of Southern Culture Foods has been associated with the Atlanta scene since the launch of her company. It features products such as non-GMO pancake and waffle mix, Bourbon Pecan Praline Bacon Rub, Garlic and Herb Stone-Ground Grits and more. But the entrepreneur who has been seen on “Shark Tank,” “The Profit,” “Good Morning America” and Oprah’s Favorite Things, is rooted in the Port City.
Barrett has returned home to open SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar at 455 Dauphin St., which held its soft opening this past weekend. Crab cakes seem to be a specialty of Barrett’s, and online reviews raved of her oxtails, lamb chops and fried chicken. Multiple deviled egg options sound great. I’m very interested in the lobster and dressing.
Barrett has been a little tight-lipped about the endeavor, but stay tuned to social media as she approaches a grand opening.
Grilled Cheese Meltdown comes to Cathedral Square
It’s the third annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown for downtown’s cheesiest competition put on by Downtown Mobile Alliance. Cathedral Square will be oozing with goodness as 20 teams grill up the best grilled cheeses this side of Wisconsin. Who will be crowned the Big Cheese? Who will take home the coveted Golden Spatula? You’ll have to see for yourself.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate, with children under 6 getting in free. Libations are available for purchase and proceeds benefit Mobile’s retail incubator, the Urban Emporium. Hurry to register a team for $75! Ticket sales are handled through Eventbrite.
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