Everyone loves a good food festival. What’s better than enjoying some sun, friends, and really good food? Be it great barbecue, some awesome hometown comfort food, or incredible international cuisine, there’s a dish for every palate at these Birmingham food festivals.

Taste of Homewood                                                                                   

Sponsored by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, this festival is a great way to sample food from over 30 different Homewood eateries. Taste of Homewood dishes up deliciousness from Holler & Dash, Shiki Thai and Sushi Bar, Grille 29, Soho Social and Savage’s Bakery and Deli. The foodie fun takes place March 8th in Rosewood Hall at Soho Square from 5:30-8pm. Find out more here.

BBQ for Building

BBQ fans will love Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual BBQ for Building. This event includes a BBQ competition, smoked meats and live music. The best part? Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham. Catch the competition on Saturday, March 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore. For more information — and BBQ team registration! — click here.

Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off

Sample Cajun dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, shrimp and grits, bread pudding and more, all cooked by competitors in the 8th annual Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-Off. The event, benefitting Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, takes place April 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Railroad Park. Sponsor a team or buy tickets here.

BHamBurger Battle

Try slider-sized burgers from four of Birmingham’s top chefs. Chef Will Drake of Hero Doughnuts, Chef Matt Ralph of The Standard, Chef Stephen Thompson of Woodlawn Cycle Cafe, and a special surprise chef will compete for the title of BHamburger Champion. The 3rd annual Burger Battle benefits Crestwood Day School. Admission also gets you one Cahaba Brewing Company beer or other beverage and live music by Act of Congress. The battle for burger bragging rights begins at 6:00 p.m. on April 13th at Cahaba Brewing Company‘s new Avondale location in the Continental Gin building. Buy your tickets here.


St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

The parishioners of Saint Elias Maronite Church put together a feast of Lebanese dishes like lemon chicken, baked kibbe, spinach pies and more. The festival, celebrating its 20th year in 2018, happens April 13-14 at Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church. Find out more here.


Text by Cameron Sullivan