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50+ Chefs   5 Big Events     4 Fun-filled Days     1 City

Over one weekend in October, Birmingham will host five signature events and activate the Market at Pepper Place with special programming and events designed specially for the BHAM FOOD+Culture Festival. Join us at the table as we showcase the best Birmingham has to offer. The events currently planned are as follows. Please visit the separate FOOD+Fire page for more information on the cornerstone event of the weekend.


Thursday, October 12
11:30am – 2:00pm


Thursday, October 12
5:30pm – 7:30pm


Friday, October 13
6:00pm – 10:00pm


Saturday, October 14
11:00am – 4:00pm


Sunday, October 15
11:30am – 2:00pm

Scroll Down To Learn About Each Event And More!


Thursday, October 12, 2023  •  11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Haven •  Multi-Course Seated Lunch

Changing The Menu

FOOD+Flair: Changing the Menu, celebrates the iconic women in the food & beverage world that have played a role in our city, our region and our industry’s impressive growth toward positive change. As these women in the industry make waves to change the landscape of the industry, Southern cuisine has continued to evolve as well. Now a melting pot of flavors, cultural backgrounds and ethnicities, the Southern culinary scene is exceptionally diverse and delicious. During this seated, multi-course lunch, we celebrate the talented women who play a role in this merge of flavors by rewriting what today’s Southern cuisine tastes and looks like, while shining a spotlight on diversity and the unique backgrounds of each.

Participating talent include: Host Toni Tipton-Martin, Chefs LaMara Davidson, Kristen Hall, Sophina Uong, Fanoula Gulas, Ashley McMakin, Becky Satterfield, Mary Grace Viado, Mixologists Jessica Bennett and Steva Casey, Sommeliers Alexis Douglas and Kelly Mitchell.


Thursday, October 12, 2023  •  5:30 to 7:30 PM
Birmingham Museum of Art • Passed Hors d’Oeuvres + Cocktails

A Lifetime At Table

Gather with the culinary community and beyond at the Birmingham Museum of Art as we celebrate the launch of the Frank Stitt Award for Industry Excellence. 

Participating talent include: Chefs James Briscione, Mauricio Papapietro, Brian Somershield, Mixologist Matt Gilpin & wine educator Scott Jones

Featuring Guest Speaker John T. Edge

A Special FOOD+ Promoted Event


Friday, October 13, 2023  •  9:30 to 10:45 AM
Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant

Come hungry and enjoy an unforgettable finger licking time when you visit the legendary pitmaster and restaurateur Van Sykes as he explains the history of Bob Sykes and southern bbq. Take your bbq skills to the next level and elevate your bbq game after attending this event! Van Sykes, 2nd generation owner of this Bessemer, AL family-owned restaurant. Bob Sykes has literally worked in the iconic bbq restaurant all his life that his parents Bob and Maxine founded in 1957.

Guests will taste their way through Bob Sykes BBQ menu items and learn how they have stood the test of time for 66 years. This private BBQ tour is a journey behind the scenes on what goes into creating southern BBQ from the pit to the plate.

The $65 ticket per person includes history of how the Bob Sykes family has thrived and persevered for 66 years and learn a thing or three about barbecue and live fire cooking. All you have to bring is your BBQ appetite because you will not leave hungry!


Friday, October 13, 2023  •  6:00 to 10:00 PM
Pepper Place • Multi-Course Seated Dinner

Heritage | noun | her·i·tage:

Something handed down from the past – traditions, values, culture and cuisine.

Every city has a unique heritage, shaping what they have become today, and Birmingham is no different. FOOD+Heritage will be an annual event celebrating different cultures and communities of our city’s heritage that have played a role in shaping the Magic City’s culinary identity.

As we honor the 60th anniversary of the civil rights movement, the inaugural FOOD+Heritage dinner will recognize a period in Birmingham history that shaped the future of our city and our country. The pivotal events of 1963 were a message to the world that helped the fight against segregation and racial injustice. Sixty years later, Black chefs have played a major role in defining the culinary identity of Birmingham, our region, and country, and FOOD+Heritage will be a celebration of their talent, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. At this seated, multi-course dinner, guests will gather, dining al fresco at Birmingham’s iconic Pepper Place, to recognize local talented Black chefs making an impression on our city – and those making an impression on our country.

Meet The Chefs:

Zebbie Carney

Birmingham, AL

Adoja Courtney

Huntersville, NC

Thyme Randle

Birmingham, AL

Justin Robinson

Atlanta, GA

Jasmine Smith

Birmingham, AL


Eric Bennett

Birmingham, AL

Master Sommelier

Thomas Price

Auburn, AL

Click a picture to read each person’s bio.


Saturday, October 14, 2023  •  7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pepper Place

Join us for the Market at Pepper Place. Named the best farmers and makers market in Alabama and some say the country. Here, you’ll find food fresh from the field and area kitchens alongside handmade goods from local vendors from all over Alabama. And, just this weekend, FOOD+Culture Festival is helping to amplify the Market experience. Expect chef demos, cookbook sales and signings, storytelling, and much, much more.

Demos on the hour @ 8, 9, 10 and 11 am featuring Justin Robinson, Son of a Butcher, Trenton Tisdale and Chadwick Boyd

Special FOOD+Culture Fest Feature at The Market

Saturday, October 14, 2023  •  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM*
OvenBird Garden at Pepper Place

A celebration of Southern Stories, this special FOOD+Culture weekend event will showcase both written and spoken word. Presented by Alabama Humanities Alliance and brought to you by Little Professor, the morning will feature cookbooks by chefs participating in FOOD+Culture Fest, books from other Southern authors, and a signing schedule to meet and greet some of those personalities. In addition, throughout the morning will be live storytelling from prominent local personalities, sharing their stories about culture and more, including:

  • Lisa McNair, author of Dear Denise, and her sister Kimberly McNair Brock, in conversation.
  • Poetry + local growers telling their stories.
  • Emily Blejwas, author of Alabama in Fourteen Foods and director of the Alabama Folklife Association, interviewing April McClung of Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes.

*Book signing and storytelling schedule to be announced closer to date of the event.

Inked & Echoed is unticketed and free to the public.

Saturday, October 14, 2023  •  11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sloss Furnaces •  All-Inclusive Tasting Event

The Great Southern Tailgate

A walk-around tasting event at Sloss Furnaces celebrating the barbecue community, live-fire cooking, and Southern tailgate culture. For more information, visit the FOOD+Fire page.


Sunday, October 15, 2023  •  11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Sloss Furnaces •  All-Inclusive Tasting Event

Biscuits, Brass and Bloodies: the key ingredients to Sundays in the South. Join us as we kick off the final day of the weekend, one last hurrah for the culinarily-curious. Whether your biscuits are topped with chicken, butter or jam, join top bakers, pastry icons, coffee roasters and mixologists from across the South at this Sunday event. Grammy-award winning Rebirth Brass Band will fill your soul, and we’ll take care of filling your belly.

Participating talent includes: Chefs Jonathan Harrison, Brian Morris, Lisa Marie White, Chadwick Boyd, Kristen Hall, Rebecca Masson, Ann Taylor Pittman, Scott Mowbray, April Robinson, Rita Bernhardt, Son’s Donuts + Pops and more

There’s a lot more to see, do, and eat while you’re here…