Birmingham Food Festivals and Cultural Fairs 2019-2020 Guide


I love a good food festival! Fall is when the all the food festivals and culture fairs gear up in and around Birmingham. I’m here to give you the scoop on the when, the where, and the what of the upcoming Birmingham food festivals!

The great thing about these festivals is that it’s not just about the food. You can also find music, dancing, vendors, art, and culture.

Your Guide to Birmingham Food Festivals

Jewish Food and Culture Fest
Sunday, September 8, 2019

Levite Jewish Community Center of Birmingham
3960 Montclair Rd, Birmingham

This event features the “When Pigs Fly Kosher BBQ Cook-Off” and is a fun, free, family-friendly celebration that’s open to the entire community. There will be food available for purchase, live music, kids’ activities, and more.

St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival
September 19-21, 2019

St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church
425 16th Ave S, Birmingham

This one has food, food, and FOOD. I recommend the spinach pies, rolled grape leaves, and zalabieh (Arabic donuts). There will be vendors, dancing, and live music. And don’t leave before touring the inside of the church.

Turkish Food Festival 
September 21, 2019

Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Rd, Hoover

This free family-friendly event will feature Turkish culture and food!

Fiesta Birmingham
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Linn Park
710 20th St N, Birmingham

Fiesta offers activities for the whole family! Enjoy local, authentic food from a variety of participating vendors and get a taste of the best Latin American food Birmingham has to offer. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up. Ages 12 and under are free.

Alabama Multicultural Street Fair
Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Pizitz
1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham

This is the first ever Alabama Multicultural Street Fair at The Pizitz Food Hall. I don’t know what to expect from this one, but I’ll be there!

Annual Greek Birmingham Food Festival
October 3-5, 2019

Greek Food Festival Birmingham, Alabama
307 19th St S, Birmingham

This was the food festival that started my love of food festivals. Greek food is one of my faves. Get the pasticho and some dolmathes with loukoumathes for dessert. Then load yourself up with baklava and kourambethes to go. This one has live music, vendors, and church tours. It’s the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the country and a great example of Byzantine architecture.

St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019

St. Symeon Orthodox Church
3101 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham

Be sure to check out their website, because they are having different presentations inside the church throughout the day including a choir concert. Food offerings will include baked goods from four different ethnic backgrounds representing the diverse heritages that make up the church.

Brazilian Day Festival
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Horizon Church
2345 Columbiana Rd, Vestavia

This is going to be hard because it’s the same day as the St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair. If you see me whizzing by you on I-65, it’s because I’m trying to get to both places! A portion of the money raised from Brazilian Day is used to support missionaries as well as projects in the United States and around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste great Brazilian food, enjoy live music, and see a Brazilian jiu-jitsu presentation while your children play on moonwalks, slides, and more.

Día de los Muertos at Cahaba Brewing
October 26 through November 2, 2019

Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Ave S Building C, Birmingham

This week-long free event will feature community altars to remember loved ones, local dance and music performances, Latin food, crafters, and artisans.

Slavic/Russian Food Festival
November 2-3, 2019

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
105 Park Ave, Brookside

This festival will feature food, music, dancing, crafts, and souvenirs for all ages. Check out the food festival menu here.

St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
April 17-18, 2020

St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church
836 8th St S, Birmingham

Try homemade Lebanese food, watch traditional Lebanese dancing demonstrations, participate in an informative church tour, and listen to a live Lebanese band!

Which are your favorite Birmingham Food Festivals?

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