Alabama Food Blog

Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: February 2016

February brings a whole new round of food events for Alabama. Mark your calendar and get ready for a month full of culinary celebrations.

Chili Cook-Off, Ninth Annual, Gadsden (Feb. 6) 

At this yearly event, contestants vie for the title of best chili, with awards coming from the judges and the crowd.

Alabama Wildlife Center’s Wild About Chocolate, Birmingham (Feb. 6) 

An evening of elegance and philanthropy benefits the Alabama Wildlife Center. The event includes an appetizer and chocolate dessert buffet with selections from some of Birmingham’s best restaurants, along with silent and live auctions.

Empty Bowls of Cullman County, Cullman (Feb. 15) 

Enjoy an evening of delicious chili and Southern gospel music as you support community food banks. Your dinner includes chili served in a keepsake pottery bowl made by local potters.

Mobile Chocolate Festival, Mobile (Feb. 27)

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this event chock-full of, well, chocolate. There will be delicious samples, vendors selling chocolate-related products, a chocolate martini tasting and a competition for the best chocolate creations.

Low Country Boil, Marion (Feb. 27) 

Enjoy a Low Country boil at the Perry County Historical and Preservation Society’s annual event. Eat food cooked by Marion’s very own and made with locally donated ingredients!

Jewish Food Festival and Treasure Market, Montgomery (Feb. 28) 

Learn more about the Jewish community by enjoying delicious food and finding some very unique treasures. Visitors will also have an opportunity to attend a short session with the Rabbi to learn more about Jewish customs.

Come to Birmingham for the Food, Stay for the …. Food!

Primeaux Charcuterie PlateIf Southerners know one thing well, almost universally that thing will be food. We know how to cook it, and we know how to enjoy it. We understand the value of sharing a meal with friends and family, how transformative and soul-nurturing great cuisine and conversation can be, and we’re proud of our culinary heritage. Alabama, in particular, has a long history of terrific restaurants – from the freshest seafood joints on the coast to fine dining establishments featuring locally sourced produce to unbelievably good barbecue and everything in between. Lucky for you, Birmingham makes a point of celebrating all things tasty in our abundant restaurant scene with our annual Birmingham Restaurant Week each August. And this year, we’re doubling down on the delicious with the first-ever Winter Restaurant Week, January 25-31. Plan a day or weekend trip to come and try some award-winning food from fabulous local chefs, true Birmingham originals, all for less than you’d normally pay. Read More >

Bacon My Heart in Alabama

Maple Bacon Cupcake from Twist Cupcakes, Mobile

Maple Bacon Cupcake from Twist Cupcakes, Mobile

Bacon is no stranger to Alabama… in fact, we love it! Whether you like your bacon on your burger or paired with maple syrup, Alabama has what you need.






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Eat Your Luck This New Year’s with Collard Greens from Rusty’s Bar-B-Q

Did you know? Eating cooked greens on New Year’s Day is a custom in many countries around the world! It is symbolic of financial luck for the coming year. Every country has their own recipe, but in the South, we prefer some collard greens! Test your luck at this recipe from Rusty’s Bar-B-Q.

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, Leeds

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Dining Out in Alabama on Thanksgiving

High angle view of festive table and people eating

Whether you just don’t want to cook that Thanksgiving meal or you just burned the turkey, have no worries, because a delicious Thanksgiving feast is still an option! Restaurants all across Alabama are opening their doors for you this holiday, so take your pick…


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Alabama’s Most Delicious Doughnuts


IMG_7359Yeast, cake or something in between, a good doughnut is fresh, tender and can be enjoyed any time of day. Swing by these local Alabama shops that are putting their own creative twists on these decadent desserts and pick up a dozen (or two).

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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 >

Alabama’s Best Oyster Spots



Oyster season has become a year-round affair thanks to modern-day food storage and transportation. However, there’s nothing like a freshly shucked oyster enjoyed at its peak. In honor of the calendar moving into “the months with R’s,” slip into one of these Alabama spots and slurp down a dozen or two.

Oyster newbies: Need a primer before diving in? Check out our Q&A With Wintzell’s Oyster House.
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