Gulf Shores National Shrimp Festival
Consistently rated one of the top annual events in the nation, the Annual National Shrimp Festival is held the second full weekend of October. In 2015, the event was a huge success, bringing more than 250,000 people to the Alabama Gulf Coast for a weekend filled with food, music, fun, culture…and, most important, shrimp!
A FREE event open to everyone, the 2016 edition of the Shrimp Festival is slated for Oct. 13-16.
More than 300 vendors are on site ready to serve up everything from fine art and jewelry to shrimp and other varieties of seafood prepared any way you like them.
Shrimp is the star of the show, so dozens of vendors serve our favorite crustacean in all kinds of creative ways. While there's no shortage of fried and boiled shrimp, why not be a little adventurous and sample something with a twist?
When it comes to being creative, local chefs even get into the Shrimp Festival act. Chef Brandon Burrleson of Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort took first place at the 2014 Restaurant Challenge for his popcorn shrimp and grits. Chef Jack Baker of Cosmo's/Cobalt turned in a second place performance for his Blackeye Pea Battered Fried Shrimp with Jalapeno Tartar, Jicama Slaw and Corn and Goat Cheese Fritters. The Hangout's Chef Ira Gallon and Frederic's at Faulkner State's Chef Brandon Thrash tied for third place for their Shrimp Jambalaya and Crispy Shrimp Sausage, respectively. Be sure to visit these and other restaurants while you're in town!
Two stages showcase musical entertainment day and night. The music starts Thursday and lasts throughout the festival.
Artists and craftsmen travel from all over the country to participate in the Annual National Shrimp Festival. Whether you're looking for whimsy, functional or fun, you'll find a wide variety of crafts to take home. Looking for something to add to your art collection? You'll find everything from paintings to sculptures and more.
The Young & Young At Heart
The Shrimp Festival is fun for the entire family, and that means there's plenty of excitement and entertainment for the little ones. Supervised activities include arts, crafts, games, entertainment, music and more. There are also interactive games and activities to keep the kids occupied. On Saturday, anyone is welcomed to participate in the Sand Sculpture Contest held at the west end of the beach at the public beach access. After you've spent the day at the festival, don't overlook the area's many other fun activities!
Plan now and reserve your favorite property for the upcoming National Shrimp Festival!
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