Food fans traveling to the Alabama Gulf Coast this summer can visit an exhibit that spotlights some of the state’s most popular dishes.
Beach-goers also can participate in several foodie-friendly events.
The Art of Alabama Food exhibit is open until Aug. 9 at The Compleat Studio at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Featuring 36 professional food shots from the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure and as part of the Alabama Tourism Department’s Alabama Food campaign, the exhibit celebrates chefs and restaurants that represent the state’s trademark twist on Southern cuisine.
“The Year of Alabama Food exhibit highlights what Alabamians already know and what the rest of the world needs to see–our state is home to a wide diversity of culinary offerings and renowned chefs worth celebrating,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. “Along with the Alabama Tourism Department, The Wharf and The Compleat Studio, our beach area is excited to host not only a stunning exhibit but also a variety of fun foodie events.”
Bob Baumhower, former University of Alabama and Miami Dolphins football standout, is the owner of Aloha Hospitality, the umbrella company over many restaurants around the state.
“Alabama is a dream destination for food lovers, and we believe the world needs to know it,” Baumhower said. “We decided that this exhibit had to be shared with as many people as possible and began a campaign to help bring this exhibit to The Wharf in Orange Beach.”
The showcase will be open to the public Wednesdays through Aug. 9 from 4-10 p.m.
Other events include the Coastal Alabama Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Market Demo and Local Purveyors Showcase July 31 from 5-7 p.m., the Aloha Vendors Tailgate Tastings Aug. 1 from 5-7 p.m. and the Local Restaurant Tastes Showcase Aug. 6-9 from 5-7 p.m.
Entry to the exhibit and each event is free with the exception of a to-be-announced ticket price for the Aloha Vendors Tailgate Tastings event.
For more information, visit www.ilovealabamafood.com, www.ilovealabamafood.com/alabama-food or www.gulfshores.com/artofalabamafood.