Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled shrimp, barbecue shrimp, coconut shrimp, shrimp bisque…throw in some conch fritters, homemade ice cream, boiled crawdads, crawfish etoufee and some gumbo and you have a small portion of the menu available at Gulf Shores’ 35th Annual Shrimp Festival.
The family and I took a drive down to Gulf Shores today to eat our weight in shrimp and seafood. Of course cold beverages of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic were also plentiful as well as some awesome music.
The wife and I listened and danced to some good bands at the Children’s Miracle Network stage and we sang along with the Andy Smith Band at the Re/Max stage.
And a trip over to the Pink Pony Pub to cool off was also in order.
Seriously…what seafood festival and day at the beach under clear skies and a cool breeze would be complete without the sounds from a steel drum band?
Okay, not a band exactly, but a one-man show from David “Coconut Dave” Waugh is a pretty good facsimile with all the island sounds, original tunes, and the hit “cover songs” from the likes of Buffet, Marley, James Taylor and Bertie Higgins.
I talked with Coconut Dave between a couple of songs and told him, he deserved a mention at my blog, so guys, go check him out. I walked away with his two-CD special he was promoting.
“Walked away” might be an exaggeration, I think I “waddled” away. I mean, I was really full from all that shrimp.
UPDATE: 4/29/15 I learned recently that David Waugh passed away in October of 2010. He will be missed. Mentions of Dave still exist in Google searches. His original website is no longer archived. A link to some of his music is included in the link attached to his name in the blog posting.