Lower Alabama and the rest of the state may be in desperate need of rain but folks were fine with one more day of dry weather on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the 9th annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend in Gulf Shores, Ala. The cook-off takes place around the grounds of The Hangout, just off the Gulf of Mexico.
Depending on whom you ask, the Hangout’s Oyster Cook-Off is either a laid-back weekend that’s all about enjoying food, beer and music, or a game-changing event that has raised the bar for oyster-based cuisine and coastal Alabama’s oyster industry.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Imagine a new boardwalk 20 feet wide and more than a half mile long. It’s all part of the big facelift and things are just getting started.
GULF SHORES, AL- There’s no question the beaches in Gulf Shores are spectacular, but the amenities at Alabama’s flagship beach are somewhat underwhelming.
Gulf Place at the end of Highway 59 is pretty much just an unattractive, beach parking lot with a few picnic tables and benches.
We are right in the middle of turtle season and one turtle nest is in the middle of a very public place… Gulf Shores Public Beach!
The nests popped up a couple of weeks ago located just off the board walk.
Organizers of the 2016 Hangout Music Fest have issued a warning to procrastinators that tickets are running low for the upcoming event.
Festival planners issued a “don’t miss the boat” caution by various social media outlets on Thursday. The message said passes were “running low,” but didn’t specify how close the event was to a sellout. Organizers traditionally don’t release sales numbers but have declared sellouts many years. Last year, it was two days before the festival opened when they tweeted that passes were no longer available.
Several events on Saturday and another on Sunday are available to celebrate this Christian holiday.
On Saturday there is Breakfast with the Bunny in Gulf Shores at the Meyer Civic Center. First 50 kids get a free picture with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast at 8 a.m. is $5, free to those 3 and under, and an Easter egg hunt starts at 10 a.m.
Alabama’s white sands are being inundated with college students, trashed by empty beer cans and littered with broken beach furniture.
Police in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have broken up crowds of over 1,000, arrested dozens for underage drinking and stepped up DUI patrols. And if Spring Break 2016 doesn’t calm itself very soon, mayors are ready to call for alcohol bans on the beach ahead of 2017.
“I would say there is a probability we will be doing that next year if this trend continues this year,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said about an alcohol ban, which would be similar to Panama City Beach’s ban implemented at the end of last year’s calamitous spring break in the Florida city.
When thousands of people met thousands of oysters last weekend in Gulf Shores, there were some winners and some losers.
The oysters lost. As for the winners, organizers of the annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off have revealed which chefs and venues won the event’s various categories of competition. They are:
The rain came at the end of the annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Festival at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala. on Saturday night. Just as the Black Jacket Symphony took The Hangout Stage doing all Eagles covers, vendors began packing up when the skies opened up in the dark. Despite charcoal skies all day long, the event remained dry for oyster lovers for the packed culinary festival now in its seventh year.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) The 8th Annual “Oyster Cook-off” happened at the Hangout in Gulf Shores.
The event features more than 70 chefs and 60 craft beers.
The tasty event ends Saturday night as people sample oyster recipes from Food Network chefs like Ann Burrell and Mark Murphy.
Succulent oysters, craft beers, moonshine and celebrity chefs combine in one fun package for the Eighth Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout in Gulf Shores Nov. 6 to 8. Well-known Gulf Coast restaurateurs and celebrity chefs alike will compete in this event.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider heading down to The Hangout in Gulf Shores.
“The Oyster Cook-off” and craft beer weekend starts this Friday.
Among the 60 or so craft beers on offer Friday as part of the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend is one brewed specially for the occasion – and specially to celebrate the growth of Alabama’s craft beer industry.
The humble oyster has never really been known for personality. Unclothed by shell or crispy batter, after all, it’s nothing but a gray lump. But that is about to change, as the Hangout presents its annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Festival offers at least two ways visitors can give something back to the environment, one from Hangout Festival organizers and another local effort to collect discarded oyster shells.
The festival starts Friday, Nov. 6, with a Craft Beer Festival at 6 p.m. The Oyster Cook-Off is the following day from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets for the beer fest are $40 and entry into cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 7, is $10.
So that’s just what we did. We asked chefs who will be participating in the Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL on November 6-7 to share some pearls of wisdom (yes I said it) on this ubiquitous yet mysterious food.
The celebrity chef line up for the 2015 Hangout Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer Weekend has been announced and it includes a stellar array of some of the nation’s most innovative culinary professionals.
The list includes a huge drawing from the Food Network:
Anne Burrell, finalist for Food Networks Next Iron Chef and host of Worst Cooks in America.
Over the four-day Hangout Music Festival, local law enforcement agencies made 113 individual arrests with 126 criminal charges, according to statistics compiled by Gulf Shores police.
The majority of the arrests involved unlawful possession of a controlled substance with 39 people booked, followed by public intoxication at 32.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Robert Craft is at ease sitting in his office on a pretty January afternoon, two stories up, blinds open to reveal trees still green thanks to the subtropical climate of the Gulf Coast. But his thoughts, at least today, are on a weekend in May. Ten weekends in May, in fact. At the Jan. 12 City Council meeting, the panel unanimously approved an extension for the Hangout Music Festival, which will include the involvement of major music festival player Goldenvoice, for 10 years through the 2025 event.
What began as doing business with a few friends has turned into a variety of venues and a foundation initiated by Shaul Zislin. And although his businesses are growing, Zislin said it’s about much more than the profit. ”At the end of the day it’s not just about the dollar, it’s about creating something that is bigger,” he said.
November 25, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Gulf Shore sHigh School students got a hands-on, real-life food prep opportunity from the Hangout chef, Ira Gallon, this Thanksgiving. Students interested in the culinary/hospitality profession learned to prepare the dressing that was served at the Hangout’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Chef Gallon visited with the students on Friday, Nov. 21 to explain the recipe and the students prepared the dish on Monday.
This past weekend I was lucky to serve as one of the judges of the seventh annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at the Hangout in Gulf Shores. A full weekend of food, beer, booze and music, the main event took place on Saturday.
GULF SHORES, AL – Organizers of the Seventh Annual Oyster Cook-Off at the Hangout announced the winners on Sunday at the Festival.
GULF SHORES, AL – Smoke filled the air at the Hangout on Nov. 8 as the Seventh Annual Oyster Cook-Off was in full swing. A great turnout enjoyed Oysters from about 70 different restaurants and chefs, craft beer booths and live music.
Whatever you do, don’t let yourself get suckered into thinking The Hangout’s annual oyster cook-off is just an oyster cook-off. This year it’s a three-day extravaganza properly titled the 7th annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend. Oysters still have top billing, but they share it with a music lineup including rising Nashville group Steelism; coastal Americana group The Mulligan Brothers; and Willie Sugarcapps, a harmony-rich union of singer-songwriters that has been gathering critical acclaim over the last 18 months.
November 3, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The 7th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend announced today its music lineup for Friday and Saturday. The Mulligan Brothers, Willie Sugarcapps – and Nashville-based Steelism will provide the entertainment.
Alabamians are rightly proud of their oysters. And on Nov. 7-9, The Hangout in Gulf Shores has invited chefs from around the country to cook their best dish with local bivalves for the 7th annual Oyster Cook-Off.
MOBILE, Alabama – There is still time to make your vote count in an election of huge consequence. While the rest of the nation turns its attention to the midterm elections and the balance of power in Congress, we are more important. We are asking you to cast your vote on an issue that carries with it much longer effects on our daily lives. We are talking, of course, about our contest to find Alabama’s Best Oyster Recipe.
City officials in Gulf Shores will vote on a possible extension for the Hangout Music Festival through 2020. The festival has already received approval for 2015, according to a report from AL.com, but city officials will hold a vote on Oct. 14 to decide if the three-day music festival will be extended for five more years.