Get ready for some good eats in February and March.

Celebrating The Brat On The Gulf Coast

The 18th Annual Snowbird Brat Fest will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Gulf Shores.

Come to the parking lot adjacent to the Erie Meyer Civic Center, where the German-heritage delights—introduced to the U.S. by our friends from Wisconsin—will be sold—rain or shine—until they’re gone.

Thanks to Pleasure Island’s generous winter guests, proceeds benefit the Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Departments. Carry out and take out services are available in addition to the walk-through lines.

Now, Let’s Talk Seafood

The Orange Beach Sports Association (OBSA) will hold its 24th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, on the grounds of The Event Center At The Wharf in Orange Beach.

This festival is the association's major fundraiser for the year, with proceeds used to support sports-related activities in the Orange Beach community, specifically youth baseball, softball and T-Ball.

Proceeds are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and sponsor clinics. In addition, children who want to play sports but may not be able to afford it are awarded scholarships to do so.
The festival is a day filled with delicious seafood and other delicacies, 80 arts and crafts vendors, live music, a silent auction, food booths, and a fun kids’ zone with climbing wall and other activities. A children’s performance pavilion has been added to this year’s festival.

Always a highlight is the annual car show, where visitors can look under the hoods of more than 50 antique, classic and hot rod vehicles.

Embrace German Heritage (Even If You’re Not German!)

You don’t have to be German to enjoy the excitement of the Original German Sausage Festival, slated for March 26, 2016, in the nearby berg of Elberta.

Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the town park, the Original German Sausage Festival will showcase a secret recipe developed by the founding fathers of Elberta. You can get your sausage with or without sauerkraut. This festival is a huge local favorite.

The festival will feature continuous entertainment for adults and children and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Other foods will include German-styled filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans and rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. Carnival rides, polka, country, contemporary and German music will be provided for entertainment.

The sausage festival is a town fundraiser, created by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department in 1978. Proceeds are used for improving the fire department and town. Local non-profit organizations also benefit from the festival through proceeds from their booth sales and parking fees. Due to its huge success, the festival is now held twice a year on the last Saturday of March and October.

Organizers usually sell about 7,000 pounds of German Sausage during each festival, and attract an estimated 30,000 visitors to each fest.

Don't forget to visit the Bier Garten for a large selection of imported beers.

With an emphasis on such family-oriented activities, why not bring the whole family to the beach to enjoy the festivals? Reserve a four-bedroom or five-bedroom house in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.

Doing so will allow you plenty of space to stow your unique finds and even have enough fridge space to enjoy some of the delicious food after the festival. Find a great deal to go with your seafood, bratwurst or German sausage!