Oysters evoke strong emotions. You either love ’em or hate ’em. We quizzed the crew at Wintzell’s Oyster House to get their seasoned perspective on this coastal tradition. Take it from these experts and learn how to enjoy oysters, from shucking and slurping to shooting and more. Read More >
Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham immortalized some of the state’s eeriest legends in her book 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. The stories in Windham’s tribute to Alabama folklore are especially spooky this time of year, sparking interest in those brave enough to venture to some of these spirited spots. These towns are not only home to some of the state’s legendary ghosts, but also to some delicious Alabama food. Gather your wits and grab a bite at the restaurants that call these haunted cities home. Read More >
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fresh Alabama produce. Although some farmers markets close up shop in October, many others are still going strong well into fall and early winter. The changing of the seasons brings new homegrown goodness like pumpkins, apples and winter squashes for cooking and baking.
And don’t forget to check out Community Supported Agriculture subscription options for local delivery and pickup options. Here’s our roundup of fall markets where you can continue to enjoy local Alabama goods even as the leaves change.
There’s no better way to start a morning than settled in at your favorite breakfast or brunch spot. Whether you like a classic plate of eggs made to order with traditional sides or an inventive entree served with a flourish, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at these Alabama eateries. Read More >
Love Alabama food but don’t have the time to experience it all? Here’s your chance to try a little bit of the state’s best, all in one place. Alabama’s premier food and wine festival, Break ’n Bread, will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1-5 p.m. at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham.
Hosted by the Birmingham Originals, an organization of independent, locally owned restaurants, this event draws crowds of Alabamians hungry for food and community. The annual fundraiser benefiting area charitable organizations has celebrated local chefs and farmers since 2003 and saw more than 2,000 attendees in 2012. Ticket holders can expect plenty of samples from nearly 40 Birmingham restaurants and guest chefs from around the South. There will be beer and wine tastings as well. Read More >
The Cullman Oktoberfest isn’t just an excuse to throw a party, it’s a community celebration of the town’s rich German heritage. Since 1982, Cullman has held this yearly shindig in honor of the German settlers who founded the town. This year, Oktoberfest will run Oct. 5-12 and include numerous free attractions as well as special events with cost of admission.
Nothing says Gulf Coast flavor quite like fresh-caught shrimp. Celebrate the goodness of the local catch at the annual National Shrimp Festival, held in Gulf Shores Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 10-13. Whether you like shrimp steamed, fried or more adventurously prepared, you’ll find dozens of vendors dishing out the freshest shrimp Alabama has to offer.
Attractions this year include an “Outdoor World” area and a “Shrimp Festival Idol” competition, challenging local high schoolers to an elimination-style singing contest. And to top it off, this festival has a live soundtrack — more than 80 hours of music will play during the event, which typically attracts more than 250,000 fans. Admission to this year’s festival is free, courtesy of Zatarain’s. Read More >
Turn the clock back with a cool, thick milkshake and a sandwich hot off the grill. Life is a little simpler inside these classic soda fountains. So take a seat, stay awhile and experience the counter-culture of Alabama. Read More >