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National Shrimp Festival

Submitted by on October 8, 2009 – 4:12 pmNo Comment

National Shrimp FestivalThe Annual National Shrimp Festival takes place this weekend at Gulf Shores, Alabama (it’s held each year during the second full weekend in October).

Road Trip Foodies wandering down by the Gulf of Mexico coast of Alabama east of Mobile and west of Pensacola, Florida, will find more than 300 vendors that offer fine art, arts and crafts, a retail marketplace and of course, shrimp at the event which runs today through Sunday (October 8-11, 2009). Admission is free.

(This year’s poster, at left, was designed by Stephanie Spradling of Daphne, Alabama.) It’s the festival’s 38th year.

Ready for shrimp? Try this recipe:
Garlicky Portuguese Shrimp
3 Tbs olive oil.
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 cups thin sliced red onions
2 cups thin sliced white onions
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
8 tomatoes cut into thin wedges
salt & pepper
2 pounds raw cleaned shrimp
2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup chopped spring onions
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
In a stockpot, warm the oil over medium high heat. Add garlic & onions. Sauté for 5 min. Stir in peppers, tomatoes, salt & pepper & shrimp. Cook, tossing for 5 min. Add tomato juice and spring onions and bring to simmer. Stir in parsley & cilantro, cook for one min. Serve hot.

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