These are your can’t miss Alabama food events for April!





Center Point Festival of the Springs, Center Point (April 2)

The Festival of the Springs includes food, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and more. Also, musical entertainment is provided all day by the Jefferson State Community College Choir, New Birth Birmingham Band, Jeff Otwell Band and more. From homemade jewelry to deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, you will find it here!

5th Annual Alabama River Chili Cookoff, Selma (April 7)

Enjoy all the chili you can eat while kicking your feet back and relaxing along the Alabama River.

Tri-State BBQ Festival, Dothan (April 8-9)

In addition to BBQ, you can look forward to a cooking class, car show, tasting tent, sampling booths, live music on stage and a whole lot more. Plus, shopping with 6 dozen vendors offering barbecue products (seasonings, sauces, spices), merchandise, food and drinks. Something for everyone… even free bounce houses for the little ones!

Pepper Place Saturday Market, Birmingham (Kicks off April 9) 

Visit the region’s farming families who grow fruits and vegetables. Plus enjoy live music, a light breakfast and cooking demonstrations with Birmingham’s finest chefs.

Central Alabama Crawfish Festival, Selma (April 9)

Arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities, ice-cold beverages and plenty of Cajun-style crawfish. Pop it, pinch it, eat it and repeat it at the Central Alabama Crawfish Festival.

Low Country Boil at the Old Depot Museum, Selma (April 14)

Crawfish, crawfish, live music and more crawfish. Benefits from the event will be donated to the Selma-Dallas County Museum of History and Archives, also known as the historic Old Depot Museum.

On the Tracks, Opelika (April 15) 

On April 15, 2016, Opelika Main Street will host its biannual festival On the Tracks in downtown Opelika. Food vendors will line the streets as live music is performed from a stage in the middle of Railroad Avenue and a tasting trail will take participants through quaint shops and galleries throughout the square.

Crawfish and Culture, Gadsden (April 16)

Come for a traditional Low Country boil presented by the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and Capeside Fish Company and enjoy delicious fresh Louisiana crawfish, Gulf shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. Funds raised go to support the arts at the Hardin Center.

Gumbo Gala, Birmingham (April 23) 

Whether you are coming to win or just to sample gumbo from as many of the 60 cook teams as you can, you’re sure to have a great time. Spirited music fills the air while people leisurely walk from team to team and vote on their favorite gumbo, also known as the People’s Choice Award. Other winners receive cash prizes and trophies. Teams also compete for the best decorated tent.

Heads N Tails Crawfish Boil, Huntsville (April 23)

Take your pick from crawfish, various types of seafood, funnel cakes and more. There will be a Beer Garden as well as music by Buckwheat Zydeco. The family-friendly event is not just for adults. There will also be activities for kids, such as face painting, balloon art, inflatables and a Moon Pie eating contest.

West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Tuscaloosa (April 28) 

The Festival features samplings of more than 40 wines and a wide variety of delicious morsels from your favorite local eateries. Adding to the fun will be live music and a limited-edition commemorative wine glass for each guest to take home.


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