About The Festival

The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft 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 will be on available from breweries such as Oskar Blues, Good People, Abita, Big Beach Brewing, Kona Brewing and more. Plus, 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.

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 James Beard Award nominees visiting 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 5th.

FRIDAY’S CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

This all-inclusive event, presented by This is Alabama, features a souvenir cup, unlimited craft beer tastings and live music. Dozens of beers will be featured from breweries such as Oskar Blues, Good People, Abita, Big Beach Brewing, Kona Brewing and Avondale Brewing.