The Oyster Cook-Off at the Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL has been one of my favorite local events the last few years, mostly because the competitors were all comprised of teams representing only local restaurants. This year, state and regional teams were added to the mix, so it was necessary to expand into the Hangout parking lot to make room for the additional tasting tents. I had my doubts about the event growing in size, but after sampling a tasty oyster from new contender, The Iberian Pig, I was all about it. I just felt sorry for the judges who had to taste oysters from over 40 teams being judged in three different categories. I hope someone gave them a prize!
Congratulations to Overall Grand Champion: Happy Harbor