Industry News | May 14, 2013

3K Pounds of Seafood To Be Served at Music Festival

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Flanked by an unmistakable two-story entrance and built on ship containers, this year’s Alabama Gulf Seafood tent is back at the Hangout Music Festival.

More than 3,000 pounds Alabama Gulf Seafood will be served at the event.

The Alabama Gulf Seafood refrigerated tent, located between the Mega Drop and VIP area, will be open all three days of the Hangout Music Fest on May 17–19.

The menu will include Gulf peel-and-eat shrimp, half-dozen oysters on the half shell, yellowtail tuna tartar, and fried gulf grouper sandwiches.  

“Part of what makes the Hangout Music Festival so popular is its location right next to the water on the white sands of Alabama’s Gulf coast,” says Chris Blankenship, director of Marine Resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.

“We believe the coastal experience isn’t complete without enjoying fresh seafood from Alabama’s waterways,” he adds. “We look forward to sharing the best Gulf product with the tens of thousands of people coming to Gulf Shores this weekend.”

With just 53 miles of brief but beautiful coastline, Alabama is historically the No. 1 processor of oysters in the U.S., one of the largest processors of crab, and is also known as the red snapper capital of the world.

The Alabama Gulf seafood industry provides jobs for more than 10,000 people in coastal Alabama alone, eager to provide fresh seafood to consumers. From oysters to shrimp, Alabama’s seafood industry has a statewide economic impact of approximately $445 million.

This year’s Festival is expected to draw record-breaking crowds, with headliners like Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.