Gulf Shores AL Shrimp Festival in 2014
A feast for your eyes, ears, and certainly your palate at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, October 9-12, 2014, where art, crafts, music and family fun is abundant for four days and shrimp served in numerous ways. You can even feast on a FREE night at select properties during the festival.
Shrimp Festival Deals
Offer valid for vacation stays 10/3/14 – 10/18/14 in condos (3-night minimum) and houses (4-night minimum) in the Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key areas only. All properties in the Gulf Shores area are excluded from this offer. Subject to availability; some restrictions apply. Taxes and surcharges apply. Not valid with any other specials or online incentives; cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Special rates do not apply to previously booked reservations. This is one of the best festivals in AL in 2014
The 2014 National Shrimp Festival marks the 43rd year celebrating our favorite crustacean. It features music, fine arts, arts and crafts, and a children’s village. The Shrimp Festival is located directly in front of The Hangout at the end of Hwy. 59 in Gulf Shores.
Shrimp and other seafood delicacies along with the usual festival fare will delight your palate, and shopping for your favorite unique item and annual Shrimp Festival souvenir is truly a treat. Two stages provide musical entertainment during the day and well into the evening with a wide variety of acts from country and Motown to Cajun and rock-n-roll.
The island restaurants look forward to this event all year and get an early taste in September when a contest is held in which local restaurants compete for the bragging rites of preparing the best shrimp dish.
To compete the dishes have to feature Alabama Wild Shrimp and at least one of the 200+ products produced by Zatarain. Beyond that the imaginations of the chefs are unleashed and their creativity definitely shows through in the contest entries.
In October 2012, at the Fifth Annual Zatarain’s National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge, Chef Ashley Cabana from at Shaggy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill in Orange Beach took home the first-place honors with the winning dish of Zatarain’s Blackened Garlic Crusted Shrimp served with Smoked Gouda Grits and Green Tomato Marmalade.
Winning second place at the Chef’s Challenge was Chef Michael Pophin at Nolan’s Restaurant and Lounge in Gulf Shores with his Pecan Crusted Grouper served on a bed of Zatarain’s Rice Pilaf topped with Pineapple Beurre Blanc and Lemon Hollandaise.
Second weekend in October
A waterside festival held for four days in Gulf Shores, Ala., drawing crowds estimated at 200,000. This festival began in this shrimping and resort area in 1971 as a one-day event to liven things up after Labor Day. The big event was a shrimp-cooking contest, and shrimp dishes have been in the forefront since. About 30 percent of the food vendors’ fare includes shrimp, with lots of jambalaya and kabobs. Also on the menu are such dishes as shark and Greek foods including seafood gyros (pronounced YEER-ohs). Events of the festival include a children’s art village, an air show, live musical entertainment, and arts and crafts displays.
Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce
3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
P.O. Box 3869
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-968-6904; fax: 251-968-5332
Third-place honors went to Chef Mike Myers at Flippers Restaurant in Orange Beach with his Creole Shrimp Moutarde En Boule.
You will definitely want to sample the best shrimp dish on the island. Be sure to keep all three award-winning restaurants in mind any time you make it to the coast and want delicious, fresh seafood to delight your palate.
Check out the upcoming National Alabama Shrimping Festival!
Address of the Alabama National Shrimp Festival 2014
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
Check out the 2013 musical lineup here:
Thursday, October 10
- Elaine Petty
- Top Hat & Jackie
- Willie Sugarcapps
- Tony Goulas
- Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster
- Lisa Christian
- Jim St. James
- Laura Lynn Danley & Justin Patterson
- Stephen & Les
- The Sand Band
- The Tip Tops
The Shrimp Festival is known for its many food vendors that provide shrimp just about any way you like (don’t forget the Cajun pistols too), our one of a kind vendors from all over the country, and our beautiful Gulf of Mexico backdrop. But the National Shrimp Festival has also been providing national entertainment acts for some time now on both of our east and west state of the art stages. Take a look at our past entertainment headliners….there’s sure to be some familiar names you recognize. This year’s line-up will be available in August right here on our official website. See you in October!!
East Stage – Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
West Stage – Alabama Wild Seafood
Friday, October 11
- Will Kimbrough
- Long Lost Friend
- Midnight Confessions
- Sugarcane Jane
- Ryan Balthrop
- Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster
- Ryan Connor
- Vic Saul
- Lee Yankie
- Maggie Koerner
- Voodoo Bayou
- Blackjack Billy – HEADLINER
Saturday, October 12
- John Cook/ Cowboy Johnson
- The Beach Billy’s
- Betsy Badwater
- Jim “Dawg” Parks Band
- Spyn Reset
- Shrimp Fest Idol Contest – New this year
- Brent Burns
- Jason Abel Project
- Jason Justice & Hung Jury
- Get the Lead Out
- Everclear – HEADLINER
Sunday, October 13
- Karen Reynolds
- Greg Fells
- Leanne Creswell
- Adam Holt Band
- Liberty Church Worship Service
- Burning Cypress
- Kyle and Karl
- Shiny Objects
- Andy Smith Band
SHRIMP Celebration website