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The World Food Championships will be held in 2017 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, with chefs from hundreds of teams battling it out for the right to be called "champion." The event is free and open to the public. Two major qualifiers will be held in the area leading up to the championships: the Festival of Flavor in Foley and the Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge in Gulf Shores.

Come To the 2017 World Food Championships At The Wharf In Orange Beach

The largest competition in Food Sport will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach Nov. 8-14.

With a prize purse of $300,000, chefs will compete in the categories of barbecue, chili, burger, dessert, bacon, seafood, steak, and recipe.

As in years past, the recipe category is based on a theme of food, with this year’s theme being chicken.

Now heading into its sixth season, last year’s World Food Championships drew more than 1,200 contestants from 419 official teams.

More than 20,000 attended the event to watch the battle unfold in the 10 official categories.

Since its debut in 2012, World Food Championships has given birth to 30 TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 5.7 billion media impressions and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, bloggers, and food media.

Activities get under way at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, and general admission is free.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy celebrated chef demos, complimentary refreshments and a birds-eye view of the action. They will also be able to sample the award-winning dishes.

A weekend pass gives you access to the VIP Lounge from Thursday, Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 12.

A fun event for the whole family at the championship is the World Food Games, where visitors may participate in speed cup stacking, team egg tossing, marshmallow challenge, orange relay races, a corn shucking contest and more.

Food trucks will also be on site, providing plenty of food options to enjoy as the chefs battle it out.

A ticketed activity, the Around the World in 100 Bites event offers participants the opportunity to eat their way around the world. Led by Chef David Skinner of Eculent, participants will enjoy each dish presented in a unique and whimsical manner.

Annual Festival Of Flavor Qualifier

A qualifying event for the World Food Championships, the annual Festival of Flavor will be held in the streets of Old Towne Foley from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival will offer sample tastes not only from competing chefs but also from local breweries, wineries, restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and so much more.

Tasting tickets may be purchased in bundles, or a VIP pass is available for 25 tastings of beer, wine or food; three adult beverages; and access to the VIP lounge with TVs.

Some of the vendors already registered for the event will showcase desserts, sandwiches and other culinary delights.

A kick-off Chicago Street Supper Club dinner will be held at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley, with cuisine prepared by Chef Ira Gallon. Cost is $75 per person.

Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge Qualifier

The Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge, held Aug. 30 and 31 at the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Coastal Alabama Community College is another qualifying event.

Sponsored by Zatarain's, the challenge will feature the best chefs that Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the surrounding area has to offer. Chefs will be battling for bragging rights, Royal Prestige cookware, prize money and an invitation to the World Food Championships.

The Alabama or Perdido Key Gulf Coast serves as a terrific home base for enjoying these and other fall activities along the coast.

Bring your friends, purchase your tickets, and reserve your two-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key.
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