Alabama Food Blog

We’re Sweet on Alabama’s Best Cakes and Cupcakes


575886c19bcb9Caramel_Seasalt_MochaIt’s a fact: Some days just call for an indulgent slice of cake or a decadent cupcake. Get your fix with one of these five sweet treats.

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Alabama Restaurant Week

Alabama Restaurant Week is a culinary event that unites Alabama’s diverse range of locally-owned and operated cuisine into a 10-day event running from August 12 through August 21!

Participating restaurants offer two-course lunch and/or three-course dinner offerings at an attractive set price.  A three-course dinner meal typically includes a starter, main course and dessert while the two-course lunch meal includes a main course and either a starter or dessert. Specialty restaurants with very limited menus may have pre-fixed meal offerings that are not multi-course.

There are no coupons or discount books to buy or bring. Just ask for an Alabama Restaurant Week meal at a participating restaurant during the promotion time period and enjoy! With the promotion’s pre-set prices, you know before making your plans your cost.

The Alabama Restaurant Week pricing is fixed at $10, $20 and $30 for dinner and $5, $10 and $15 for lunch. In all cases, the price is per person and does not include tax, tip and drink. Restaurants may offer a meal at all or just one of the preset prices.  A restaurant’s regular menu will also be available.


Sweet Tater FestivalCullman
(September 4 – September 5)

A myriad of arts & crafts along with craft and food vendors, sweet potatoes, music, a car show, and lots of food and family fun abounds at this festival.

Shades of Bluegrass Festival, Rogersville
(September 9 – September 10)

The Shades of Bluegrass Festival is a twice-annual event held at the Rogersville Recreation Park. There will be food and craft vendors and a Shade Tree area for jammers. Primitive camping sites and a bathhouse are available as well as RV parking with hookups.

Riverfest Barbecue Cook-Off, Decatur
(September 9 – September 10)

The Alabama State Barbecue Cook-off features barbecue teams from across the South and the entire country, all competing for a total of $20,000 in cash prizes – and bragging rights too, of course. Come enjoy live musical entertainment, children’s activities and more.

Grape Stomp, Harpersville
(September 17)

Visitors get to stomp grapes with their feet in wooden barrels, take winery tours, enjoy wine tastings, watch or participate in the Lucy look-alike contest plus other fun activities. Food available for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Event held annually on the third Saturday of September.

Peanut Boil Festival, Luverne
(September 24)

This festival includes more than peanuts. Enjoy arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, car show, 5K fun-run/walk, entertainment under the big tent and a great variety of food.

Chill Out with Alabama’s Best Frozen Treats

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Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: August 2016

Fresh Organic Okra

Okra Festival

Birmingham Restaurant Week, Birmingham
(August 12 – August 21)

Birmingham’s premier dining out event is in its sixth year and is Birmingham’s most successful and anticipated culinary event. Restaurant Week was launched to put the spotlight Birmingham as a top dining destination. This culinary event features some of Birmingham’s best restaurants offering prix fixe menus. Two-course prix-fixe lunch menu: $5, $10 and $15. Three-course prix-fixe dinner menu: $10, $20 and $30.There’s a Healthy Kids menu option as well. Food lovers can dine at as many participating restaurants as they like during Birmingham Restaurant Week. Diners can revisit their favorite restaurants or explore new dining opportunities. Just browse the list of restaurants and menus. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling restaurants directly or visiting their profile online.

Alabama Restaurant Week
(August 12 – August 21)

Restaurants around the state, including many featured in the popular “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure, invite diners to experience the wonderful culinary scene of Sweet Home Alabama. Participating restaurants will offer specials throughout the week.

South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic, Ozark
(August 19 – August 20)

Come see bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and breakaway roping. Event is held annually on the third Friday and Saturday of August.

Okra Festival, Burkville
(August 27)

The Okra Festival started as a small community event celebrating the only crop that survived an unusually hot summer in 2000. More than a decade later, it is one of the highlights of the summer season, featuring local food, music and cultural arts. Event is held annually on the last Saturday in August.

Sloss Fest: Best Places to Beat the Heat

Sloss FestSloss Music and Arts Festival is coming up on July 16 – 17 in Birmingham, Alabama! Sloss Fest will be featuring bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and The Flaming Lips, but the music isn’t the only thing that’ll be hot. Escape the Alabama heat by spending time at these cool hangouts between sets.

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Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: July 2016

8695474-standardSpirit of America Festival, Decatur
(July 1 – July 4)

Two day family friendly festival celebrating Independence Day with children’s activities, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks on the night of the fourth.

Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks Show, Birmingham
(July 4)

For decades, Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama, and this year will be no exception. On Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m., Thunder on the Mountain 2015 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances.

2016 Barbasol Championship, Opelika
(July 13 – July 17)

The PGA TOUR returns to Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail July 13-17. Experience the 2016 Barbasol Championship, played at RTJ at Grand National. Get tickets or sign up to be a volunteer at

Sloss Fest, Birmingham
(July 16 – July 17)

Sloss Music & Arts Festival is a two-day music and lifestyle event that takes place at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL on Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th of 2016.

W.C. Handy Music Festival, Florence
(July 22 – July 31)

The W.C. Handy Music Festival is a 10-day celebration inspired by the “Father of the Blues” and the musical heritage of northwest Alabama. Over 200 events occur during the festival ranging from concerts to art exhibits and plays to athletic events. Music can be enjoyed in the local parks, stores, restaurants, churches and on the banks of the Tennessee River. Expect to hear everything from blues, jazz, gospel and soul to that distinctive Muscle Shoals sound. Events take place in the quad cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia, known as The Shoals.


Porches and patios: Best places to eat outside in Alabama

The Gulf, Orange Beach

The Gulf, Orange Beach

What’s better than a beautiful day in the South? A beautiful day paired with Alabama food, of course! Take advantage of favorite outdoor eateries across the state. Track down a local food truck, take in a panoramic view of the Gulf or enjoy date night on a candlelit patio. There are plenty of ways to get your fill of fresh air and Alabama food – here are some suggestions to get you started.


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