If you’re familiar with The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama—happening this weekend—you know that neither the artist lineup or scenery ever disappoint. What you might not know, however, is that the menus are catching up with the music. This year, organizers have called on some of the South’s most renowned chefs to up the festival’s food ante. They’ll be serving Super VIP ticket-holders with favorites—prepared with locally-sourced seafood—from some of the South’s best-loved restaurants. Check out what’s in store.
Friday, May 20
Who’s Cooking: Wesley True, Executive Chef at The Optimist, Atlanta, GA
On The Menu:
Gulf fish ceviche with vidalia onions, basil and Florida citrus
Gulf grouper baked with calendar island mussels, Meyer lemon and ramps
Grilled tuna with fermented pepper paste and merlington coconut slaw
Chef’s Sipping Suggestions: “The perfect appetizer at the beach is raw gulf coast oysters, saltines, and cocktail sauce paired with a super light almost-frozen beer.”
Saturday, May 21
Who’s Cooking: Ford Fry, Restaurateur with a portfolio that includes—JCT. Kitchen & Bar, no. 246, The Optimist, King + Duke, St. Cecilia, The El Felix, Superica, Marce, State of Grace, and BeetleCat, Atlanta, GA
On The Menu:
Grilled + buttered poached lobster deviled eggs
Gulf coast cioppino, “pot-luck” garlic bread
Roasted chermoula rubbed lamb leg, goat yogurt, charred cucumber with lemon and extra virgin olive oil
Chef’s Sipping Suggestions: “Beer is always great for a hot summer day and I would stick with most any Session IPAs as they’re flavorful but not too heavy.”
Sunday, May 22
Who’s Cooking: Ryan Prewitt, Owner/Chef at Peche, New Orleans, LA
On The Menu:
Citrus pickled Shrimp
Watermelon gazpacho w/ jumbo lump crab meat
Grilled whole fish w/ pickled spring carrot salad
Chef’s Sipping Suggestions: “I’m hoping for some nice crisp whites that can go great with the food and the weather. If someone showed up with a few cases of Txakolina Rose, I would be their best friend.”
If you’re in the large majority of festival-goers who are not on the VIP train, however, there are plenty of food options for you to get excited about, too. Food trucks are traveling in from all around to bring you everything from fresh fruit smoothies, to tempura avocado tacos, to felafels to jambalaya and po boys. Here are a few food trucks we’re particularly thrilled to be visiting.
Food For All Festival-Goers:
Homeslice Pizza—The go-to spot when your appetite calls for an over-sized pizza slice with a side of arugula and basil salad.
Tacos By The Sea—We’ll have one of each taco—coconut shrimp, fresh catch, and tempura avocado—please, and thank you.
Rock House Kitchen—Burgers, B.L.T.s, barbecue shrimp and sweet potato fries are the specialty, but they’ve also got pistachio crusted ahi tuna drizzled with sriracha mayo that’s worth writing home about.
Broussard Bayou Grill—We love the “Jazz it up” option that lets you top shrimp dishes like quesadillas, spring rolls and shrimp n’ grits with even more shrimp in the form of étouffée.
Efe’s Fine Foods—A music festival isn’t complete without pitas and felafel. They’re serving up these traditional Greek favorites along with Southern specials like fried boudin balls.
We want to hear from you! What are you most looking forward to eating at the Hangout?