ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off, Craft Spirits & Beer Weekend showcases the talents and tastes of the best chefs from the Southeast for a decadent afternoon of oysters and spirits on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, AL. Sample inspired oyster dishes from dozens of restaurants who will be serving Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and Raw Oysters. Sharpen your culinary skills with fun & informative cooking demos throughout the day Saturday.


Dozens of craft beers, craft cocktails, Champagne, and Bloody Marys will be featured throughout the day to help wash the oysters down.


Stop by the North American Oyster Showcase and sample oysters flown in from Pacific Northwest, New England, the Maritimes, British Columbia, the Mid-Atlantic, Baja Peninsula and right here from the Gulf Coast.


DIRECTIONS

Our beach destination, Gulf Shores, AL, is gorgeous and rich in local seafood, talented chefs and friendly people. November is an incredible time to visit and taste all that we have to offer!  

 

Driving to the Hangout Oyster Cook-off is easy from cities across the southeast and mid-west. Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Athens, Asheville, Tampa Bay, Gainesville, Nashville and Houston are all just a short day's drive away. And if you live in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Montgomery or Jackson, you can be here in a few hours.


Once you hop off I-65, I-10 or Highway 98, the Gulf Shores Parkway and Beach Express make it easy cruise straight down to the beach and the Hangout Oyster Cook-off.


Most major airlines fly into nearby Mobile and Pensacola airports. Both airports are about an hour's drive from the Hangout Oyster Cook-off, so once you land you'll want to rent a car.


WATCH THE GAME

Catch all the football action with our Best Tasting Tailgate tents where you can watch SEC Football games on big screen TVs


CELEBRATE THE OYSTER

We are pleased to have numerous authors and award-winning chefs at our beach oasis. Make sure you attend a workshop or get a book autographed.


CRAFT BEER OASIS

Celebrate craft beer with an incredible selection of micro-brews.


BLOODY MARY INVITATIONAL

Some of the Southeast’s best mixologists will compete for the best Bloody Mary. Don’t want to compete? No problem! There will be plenty of opportunities to taste!


SHUCKING CONTEST

Shucking oysters is truly an art. Watch along as restaurants compete for the title of fastest oyster shucker on Saturday, November 2nd


FRIDAY’S CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

This all-inclusive event features a souvenir cup, unlimited craft beer tastings and live music. Dozens of beers will be featured from breweries from all over the south