The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Oyster Cook-Off & Festival takes place Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29. One of the things local restaurants enjoy is participating in the oyster cook-off competition. This year’s competition will be Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Festival attendees can sample oysters from some of the best restaurants on the coast. The three categories in the cook-off are charbroiled, raw and the house specialty. WLOX Gulf Coast Weekend talked with Chef Austin Sumrall of White Pillars in Biloxi to find out techniques he plans on using to make his first-time entry a memorable one. We’re not a year into the re-opening of White Pillars, but the restaurant has already been recognized as one of the best on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Restaurants participating in this year’s cook-off are Wentzel’s Seafood Restaurant, Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, White Pillars, Beach Blvd. Steamer, The Reef, Bacchus Biloxi Beach, 200 North Beach, C & C Italian Bistro and Bacchus Beach in Pass Christian.