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Food is what brings Mobile’s diverse culture together. A strong sense of community is built by bringing folks together for a good time over exceptional food and drinks. There’s always a pot of gumbo simmering on a stove somewhere, and a great meal is easy to find. When visitors to Mobile think of local food, they automatically think of seafood.
But locals know our tables are famous for a lot more than some of the world’s best shrimp and oysters. Mobile also takes great pride in a rich variety of Southern produce grown by local farmers. Farmers markets, vegetable and fruit stands and curb markets make it easy and affordable to enjoy local produce.
Surrounded by fertile farmland in both Mobile and Baldwin counties and blessed with a long growing season, Mobile enjoys a long list of homegrown treats. Summers are filled with vine-ripe tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, field peas, cantaloupes, okra, butter beans, peaches, squash and the royalty of local produce – Silver Queen corn. Cooler weather brings turnips, collards, persimmons and citrus crops, such as satsumas and lemons.
Mobile’s growing restaurant scene includes classic seafood spots, farm-to-table restaurants and a wide variety of international and ethnic cuisine.
Celebrate Mobile’s rich food heritage at these festivals:
Chili Cookoff, benefit for the American Cancer Society (March)
Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou la Batre (May)
National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores (October)
Greek Fest, three days of food, dancing, music and culture at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (October)
Find out about more food events in the Mobile Bay area at www.cityofmobile.org/calendar.