Everybody say ‘BEER FEST’

It’s August and we know it can only mean one thing. It’s BEER FEST time.  On August 23rd the streets of downtown Mobile will be taken over by hops enthusiasts as they set out to “Drink Globally, Think Locally.”

This widely-popular event turns 17 this year and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. And this year, it’s all about craft beer—IPAs, Lagers, Stouts, Hefeweizens, Ciders, and beyond! Over 30 venues will be along the hops trail with over 100 different microbrews and imports from all over the world.

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Tickets are $25 at any participating venue for three hours of sampling.  However, here’s the kicker: tickets sell out. You don’t want to be the one left out.

The night of Beer Fest, patrons will be equipped with their souvenir tasting mug and a listing of all participating venues, and set free in search of their favorite craft beer, cider and other specialty brews.

For additional information including how to purchase your tickets, visit www.facebook.com/DauphinStreetBeerFestival.

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Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo: MUST-DO’S

July brings the heat – in more ways than one. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) is July 17-20 on Dauphin Island, and if you aren’t familiar with the event you should know, it’s a pretty big deal. The ADSFR, just so happens to be the largest fishing tournament in the world and is the opportunity to hang out with 75,000 of your closest friends. But, that’s just one of the many cool things that make this annual event so popular.

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We’ve polled a couple of veteran rodeo-goers to bring you the ADSFR MUST-DO’s in preparation for this year’s event.

Attend the Liar’s Contest.  Have you ever listened to a bunch of men sitting around telling fishing stories about THE biggest fish they ever caught? You know the ones that seem so far-fetched that you had to ask yourself, “Is this actually true?”  At the Liars Contest – you’ll be asking yourself that all night. This hilarious contest brings out the best story-tellers to win the grand prize. However, everyone wins because it’s just THAT funny.

Watch a friend at the friend weigh-in station. Evidently, seeing your name on the leader board and seeing a friend’s name is one in the same. Seeing a friend’s face beaming with pride as their name is written on the leaderboard is pretty spectacular.   

Check out the Fish Ice Box. Over a hundred different species of fish will be on display throughout the weekend in a giant ice box. The undergraduate students working at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be on-hand, teaching and entertaining the crowds about the different species.

Catch the Contender Boat Drawing. This is serious business. Each angler that weighs in a fish in the ADSFR is entered into the drawing the win the 21’ Contender. For the one drawn, it’s like Christmas morning…. in July.

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Be Present for the Cannon Blast. At 5 p.m. on Sunday, ADSFR President fires the cannon to signify the rodeo’s end. This quickly turns into a big party with a great deal of celebrations, live music and countless amounts of “I can’t wait until next year.”

We Have Penguins!

Many animals have visited Mobile Bay over the years but there is quite a buzz for our four new friends that are here now. Four African black-footed penguins now reside at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and will remain until January 2015.

The exhibit, entitled Penguin Planet, features a cool viewing tank created to replicate a penguin’s natural habitat. Penguin Planet will include hourly talks from special trainers educating you on all things penguins as well as interactive activities and much more. Kids and adults will love it and you’ll definitely walk away a penguin expert.

Plan your trip to Penguin Planet at www.exploreum.com today! In the meantime, check out our photo album.

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Adventures on the Delta

Whether you kayak on the bay or the river, kayaking is a big ‘thing’ in Mobile. If a leisure cruise is your preference, then a stroll along the bay is perfect. However, if you are interested in adventure, 5 Rivers Delta Safaris is your new best friend. We’ve rated their guided safari tours based on the type of adventure you are looking for.

For the true nature lovers:  How about kayaking through the swamps of the lower Mobile- Tensaw Delta for an adventure?  This guided kayak tour at 5 Rivers is a highly rated wildlife tour where you will go into open marsh to see alligators, bald eagles, osprey, heron and pelicans-  to name a few. You will hear about the history, geology, ecology, the many characters of the delta and see why the Mobile-Tensaw Delta is such a jewel.

For the thrill seekers: This adventure speaks to those who aren’t afraid of an abundance of alligators. You will explore the alligator infested swamps, in search of Alabama’s very own Champion Cypress.  A 27ft base, 100 + foot canopy, the Champion Cypress is Alabama’s largest and most amazing site to behold. But it takes some guts to get there as you are likely to encounter more than just alligators but snakes, wild hogs and many other beasts of the delta. Not to mention, there is a reasonable hike through the swamp.

For the history buffs: This interpretive tour will put you in the middle of nowhere where you’ll canoe, hike and do a little bit of climbing to step back in time, to a day in the life of the Native American who left us this legacy. It was approximately 800 years ago that the Native American tribes of what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States, flourished in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

For the gator lovers:  This tour is for those who have a big ole soft spot for alligators because you’ll see them, interact with them and then eat them (yes, we said eat them.)  You’ll start on a boat and then venture out on kayaks once you hit this little known paddle route that puts you right in the thick of gator country. The soon to be famous Gator Float Safari has been shown on national morning shows and is highly rated by all our visitors. So, how adventurous are you?

For all the details and information, visit 5 Rivers Delta Safaris.

-Visit Mobile

 

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Celebrate the Arts

Paintings, photography, sculpture, theatre, music, literature, fashion, film, mixed media, sophisticated, funky, playful, edgy, thought-provoking, stimulating, beautiful, emotional, weird.  These are the words that best describes the constantly evolving art scene in Mobile. They also are what makes this historic town one of the top cultural hotspots to be found anywhere along the Gulf Coast.

From the earliest days to just last week, Mobile has attracted an independent, creative community who express themselves through a variety of mediums, outlets and activities. The renowned Mobile Museum of Art, the oft-talked-about Centre For the Living Arts, The Symphony, Opera and Ballet, locally owned galleries and studios, art events and other activities keep the arts movement alive and thriving year-round.

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Devoting a weekend to the arts is easy in Mobile. You can spend the second Friday of every month on Dauphin Street for ArtWalk, where artists and musicians socialize with locals and tourists. On Saturday morning, take a stroll through the many pop-up art markets in downtown squares or at local coffee shops. Then, Sunday afternoon take in the matinee showing at the Mobile Symphony in the stunning, historic Saenger Theatre. It won’t take you long to see for yourself why the arts are such a celebrated part of a Mobilian’s every-day-life.

The Mobile Arts Council is the organization that brings both people and art together and is a great first-stop when exploring Mobile’s vibrant art scene.  www.mobilearts.org or stop by 318 Dauphin Street, in the heart of downtown Mobile, to begin your journey.

5 Family must-do’s for summer

  1. Watch Space Junk on IMAX at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. This jam-packed film is virtually explosive and fun for the whole family.
  1. Take a Delta Safari along the Mobile River Delta for a wildlife tour you won’t forget!
  1. Visit Battleship Memorial Park and explore all the nooks and crannies of the USS ALABAMA.
  1. Play in the fountain in Cathedral Square.  (We’ve seen mom and dad join in too…)
  1. Day-trip to Dauphin Island for the white beaches, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and lunch the Islander.

I’m sorry, did you say stuffed beignets?

What started as a ‘sweet’ way to promote the Reese’s Senior Bowl has since spawned into something so deliciously brilliant. First of all, if you haven’t had the beignets at Panini Pete’s café & bakeshoppe, you should drop what you are doing and go –NOW.

We all know of ‘that place’ in New Orleans that has world famous beignets. However, what Panini Pete’s has masterfully created is nothing like Café Du Monde.  In fact, these beignets are made with completely different dough – wet dough versus the traditional yeast dough which makes the inside moist and flavorful.  Then, using an ice cream scooper, they take a swim in the fryer and then stuffed and topped with magic.

That magic is the perfect size dollop of peanut butter they stuff inside their already perfect, original beignet. If that wasn’t enough, the beignets are drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with powdered sugar to make the ultimate beignet – the Reese’s Senior Bowl Beignet.

Once they started stuffing beignets, they couldn’t stop. We have tasted Strawberry Drizzle, Red, White and Blue and Mardi Gras stuffed beignets that make you happy to be alive. Trust us, they are so good, you don’t even realize you have powdered sugar all over you. And, when you do realize, you wear it proudly.

Dear Pete, on behalf of all of us, thank you and keep stuffin’!