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Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: October 2016

slide_losterfest53rd Annual Bluff Park Art Show, Hoover
(October 1)

The Bluff Park Art Association celebrates its 53rd year in 2016. Always held on the first Saturday in October, this juried fine arts show attracts the best artists in the southeast and beyond for a one-day celebration of artistic talent. Meet the artists and enjoy seeing and purchasing their works of art in a beautiful wooded park setting.

2016 Moundville Native American Festival, Moundville
(October 5 – October 8)

Located at the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers entertain and educate visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. The festival includes living historians, arts and crafts arbors, a children’s area, arts market and trader’s circle, food courts, and a stage for performances. All ages are welcome. Call 205-371-8732 for group reservations of 10 or more. The Festival will take place October 5-7 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and October 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Cullman Oktoberfest, Cullman
(October 6 – October 9)

Join us for four days of German heritage, Southern style. Planned activities include authentic German food, costumes and music; multiple stage events, a Biergarten, game-day TV, arts and crafts, a car show featuring classic German cars, a bratwurst-eating contest, stein-hosting contest, the Burgermeister Ball, historical tours, and much more!

Barber Vintage Festival, Birmingham
(October 7 – October 9)

Presented by Triumph Dealers of North America, the festival includes road racing, motocross, cross country events, an air show, a swap meet with more than 250 vendors, a fan zone and more. Visit website for event schedule.

45th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport
(October 15 – October 16)

45th Kentuck Festival of the Arts October 15 & 16, 2016 located at Kentuck Park, 3501 5th Street, Northport, AL 35476 is nationally and internationally acclaimed. 270+ folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople presenting their work to you, free hands-on art-making area for children and throughout the park interactive live demonstrations by expert craftspeople—basket-makers, blacksmiths, woodworkers, traditional potters, fiber and fabric artists, quilters, jewelers, and a glassblower. Live music and story-telling, food and fellowship – this is one of the USA’s Top Ten Art Fairs and Festivals. The event is held annually on the third weekend of October.

Lobsterfest, Anniston
(October 15)

Festival with complete meals, live lobsters, handmade crafts, games and more! Customers can eat in or take it to go! All money raised goes to Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County.

Alabama Renaissance Fair, Florence
(October 22 – October 23)

Voted one of the top 20 events in the Southeast during the month of October, the Alabama Renaissance is a premier event that transforms Wilson Park into Fountain-on-the-Green for an entire weekend. It is common to find pirates, fairies, trolls, maidens, kings, and everything in between roaming the park during this exciting event. Vendors, demonstrators, and performers will be situated throughout the park for the entire event. Everyone is welcome – especially those clothed in Renaissance attire!

Magic City Classic, Birmingham
(October 29)

This will be the 75th annual game, and it is the largest attended HBCU Football Classic in the nations, consistently drawing more than 65,000 fans. The game features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, and it’s the longest continuous rivalry in the state of Alabama.

Alabama’s Best Pumpkin Treats


We admit it: We can’t get enough pumpkin-flavored treats during the autumn months. Check out these seasonal treats from around the state – and don’t forget to share your own favorites with us on Facebook and Twitter! Read More >

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

CaptureThe heat of a Southern summer can be brutal, but one of these cool treats can sure help on a hot, sticky day. Read More >

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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