There's so much more to Gulf Coast cuisine than fried shrimp, and while you'll undoubtedly want to feast on this area staple just about every day while you're staying at an Orange Beach vacation rental, you'll have so many opportunities to try all of the culinary delights that make this place so special. During the annual Taste of the Island, which is put on by the Mystical Order of Mirams in Orange Beach, you can try food from more than 35 different restaurants from both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, all the while listening to live music.

Eating for the greater good

Treat yourself to coastal cuisine at the annual Taste of the Islands in Orange BeachThe annual Taste of the Island isn't just a culinary event, it's also a fundraiser for local charities like Toys for Tots and the Orange Beach Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary. The proceeds will go toward ensuring these humble organizations continue to make wishes come true for people throughout the area.

Taste your way through the Gulf Coast

The Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf will be filled to the brim with vendors and exhibitors dishing out samples of their succulent menu items, and if previous Taste of the Island events are any indicator, then you're in for a real treat no matter when you decide to go to this popular activity.

During the first culinary festival in 2007, restaurateur Will Eberlin was ecstatic that he had the chance to showcase his unique menu to an audience that was willing to try anything. In an interview with the Orange Beach Community Website, he said the event "came at the perfect time for us" because the eatery was in the midst of churning out a brand-new menu.

Both diners and chefs benefit from awesome events like the Taste of the Island, because not only do they have a chance to experiment with new dishes, but you have the great opportunity to learn about the Gulf Coast's cuisine, one bite at a time.