Taste of the Bayou
The 5th Annual Alabama seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) takes place with the 31st Annual Taste of the Bayou on May 1st, 2019. While the four fop finalists from around the state compete for the ASCO title, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Presented by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, and Alabama Coasting. “The taste celebrates the Seafood Capitol of Alabama, the heritage of our area, and the fishermen and women who work to bring their catch from ‘tide to table’.” said Debra Jones, President of the Bayou la Batre Chamber. “Partnering the Annual Taste of the Bayou with the World Food Championship Alabama Seafood Cook-Off was an overwhelming success last year! We are looking forward this year to cheer on the chefs and have folks taste the best seafood around, Wild Caught Alabama Seafood. We believe the changes we’ve made will allow the best experience for those attending. We are proud to showcase our Seafood Heritage and provide a “taste” of how seafood should be”.
Along with earning the title of ASCO champion, this year’s winner, as in past years, will represent the state of Alabama at the 16th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, LA in August. This year’s winner will also be an automatic qualifier for the 2019 World Food Championships in Dallas, TX in October. Chef Jeremy Downey, winner of last year’s Seafood Cook-Off will be back as one of the judges, Chris Sherrill, chef ambassador of the Alabama Gulf coast, will serve as emcee.
“Alabama’s seafood industry is flourishing, and when we narrowed down the entries, we saw many inventive dishes,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and program administrator for the ASMC. “But we are happy with our selection of the final four contestants. We would like to wish the best of luck to each them, and we look forward to an exciting competition in May.
The Celebration of the Taste of the Bayou will be held at the bayou La Batre Community center from 6 to 9 pm, May 1st. General Admission Tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at our ticket sales page.