Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend


Tickets are on sale for one of the South’s biggest culinary weekends of the year, the Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend in Gulf Shores, AL. The event attracts top restaurateurs, chefs and oyster farmers to celebrate one of the Gulf of Mexico’s greatest treasures, the oyster. Attendees will have the chance to indulge in hundreds of dishes served by over 50 chefs and attend cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. The festival will also feature a music stage headlined by county star Michael Ray.

Since its inception in 2008, the Oyster Cook-Off has been shining a spotlight on Alabama Gulf Seafood and Southern oyster recipes from Rockefeller to Cajun. The Pensacola News Journal has dubbed the event “a foodie paradise.”

The Cook-Off is also home to the North American Oyster Showcase, a gorgeous raw bar with one of the largest selections of raw oysters curated and flown in fresh from the best boutique oyster farms on the continent. Attendees can enjoy and compare oysters from the Gulf side-by-side with varieties from Pacific Northwest, New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Oysters farmers from far and wide will be on hand to shuck and talk with attendees.

New attractions this year include interactive sessions on the Rouses Markets’ Hands-On Cooking Stage, where attendees will be led through tastings by expert, award-winning chefs and mixologists. The Cook-Off also features a craft beer village, SEC football on the big screen, a champagne lounge and its famous Bloody Mary Bars.

The Big Green Egg Chef Presentation Stage lineup features Martie Duncan (Food Network Star), Cory Bahr (Food Network Star), Jim Smith (Top Chef), Chris Lilly (5x Memphis in May winner), Justin Warner (Food Network Star) Carl Ruiz (Guy’s Grocery Games) and more.

Additionally, attendees won’t want to miss a live performance by Michael Ray. 

VIP attendees will receive access to exclusive chef tastings, meet & greet opportunities and admission to a “Chef’s Only” private after party. VIP tickets are limited and sell out annually.

General Admission and VIP tickets for this celebration of food and drink are on sale now at

Celebrity Chef Initial Stage Lineup: Workshops and Food Demonstrations Will Feature:

Martie Duncan (Food Network Star)

Chris Lilly (5x Memphis in May winner)

Cory Bahr (Food Network Star)

Jim Smith (Top Chef)

Justin Warner (Food Network Star)

Linkie Marais (Food Network Star)

Carl Ruiz (Guy’s Grocery Games)

Panini Pete Blohme (Guy’s Grocery Games)

Irv Miller (Cookbook Author)

About Michael Ray

Country singer-songwriter, Michael Ray, was a hit right out of the box scoring both with critics and on the charts. The Florida native debuted with two number one singles (“Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less”) on his 2015 self-titled album. His sophomore album, Amos was released on June 1, 2018, featuring the hit single “Get to You.”

Featured Restaurants

The Cook-Off will feature chefs competing for cash and prizes. Each restaurant will be serving up Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and Raw Oysters for everyone to taste. Participating restaurants and chefs include:


Bistro V (Birmingham, AL)

Odette (Florence, AL)

Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club (Gulf Shores, AL)

Gulf Island Grill (Gulf Shores, AL)

The Royal Oyster (Gulf Shores, AL)

Kitchen on George (Mobile, AL)

The Noble South (Mobile, AL)

Central (Montgomery, AL)

Rotolo’s Pizzeria (Orange Beach, AL)

Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort (Orange Beach, AL)

Kimball House (Decatur, GA)

Hugo’s Oyster Bar (Roswell, GA)

Mississippi Seafood (Cleveland, MS)

Local 463 Urban Kitchen (Jackson, MS)

Saltine (Nashville, TN)

Guerrilla Gourmet (Victoria, TX)

Picnic Beach (Gulf Shores, AL)

Sunliner Diner (Gulf Shores, AL)

The Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL)

The Gulf - Orange Beach (Orange Beach, AL)

The Gulf - Okaloosa Island (Orange Beach, AL)


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