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National Shrimp Festival. Gulf of Mexico. Lionfish are an invasive species that are very difficult to capture. Many local chefs have found ways to turn this invasive fish into delightful, and highly sought-after culinary creations. On top of all the culinary options Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer on a regular basis, the area also hosts sev- eral culinary events throughout the year, specifically in the fall. At the beginning of October, the City of Gulf Shores and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber hosts the National Shrimp Festival. With more than 200 lbs. of fresh Gulf shrimp served every day, a multitude of food vendors and tons of other art and enter- tainment options, this event is the ideal kick-off to the fall season. Then, in ear- ly November, The Hangout plays host to its annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend. This is an oyster-lover’s para- dise with oysters served up in a variety of ways by dozens of local and region- al restaurants. The event also features world-renowned chefs and musical per- formances by nationally-recognized per- formers. These events, along with many beer and wine-pairing dinners hosted by local restaurants, make fall a phenomenal season to experience a culinary vacation on Alabama’s beaches. For more information on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s culinary scene as well as suggestions on where to dine visit DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER 2019 43