17 Birmingham food festivals to put on your fall calendar

By Bob Carlton | bcarlton@al.com | Posted on September 4, 2018 11:26 AM | Updated September 5, 2018 7:45 AM

Birmingham News file photo/Linda Stelter

The calendar has flipped the page to September, and as summer comes to an end and fall fast approaches, that means another food festival season has arrived in Birmingham.

Between now and early November, the fall calendar is filled with food events all around the Magic City and its surrounding suburbs, including festivals celebrating everything from Birmingham's Greek heritage to its Hispanic culture, from a mac-and-cheese fest and a catfish fry to a farm-to-table picnic and the city's largest food truck rally.

To whet your appetite for the weeks ahead, we've put together our annual list of Birmingham food festivals to put on your fall calendar, complete with details, dates, locations, and websites where you may find tickets and more information.

Please continue reading to see what you have to look forward to. -- Bob Carlton

Photo courtesy of Magic City Mac 'N Cheese Festival

Magic City Mac 'N Cheese Festival

What: Festival participants get to taste mac and cheese dishes from several of Birmingham's favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Proceeds benefit Community Grief Support, which helps  fund grief counseling and support groups in the Birmingham area.

When: Sunday, Sept. 9; 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Brookwood Village, Homewood.

Tickets and more information: www.macfestbhm.com.

Photo by Say Bre Photography

Graze: Birmingham

What: This fourth annual farm-to-fork picnic features culinary collaborations between area farmers and chefs, who pair up to prepare dishes especially for Graze. The event is vegetarian-friendly, and several dishes also will be vegan. Beverages include beers from Avondale Brewing Company, plus wine and Harvest Roots Ferments kombucha. A full menu of dishes, along with the farmer-chef pairings, will be available on the Graze: Birmingham Facebook page.

When: Sunday, Sept. 9; 5-8 p.m. 

Where: Avondale Brewery, 201 41st St. South, Birmingham

Tickets and more information: www.asanonline.org/graze

Image courtesy of Shelby County Education Foundation

Taste of Shelby County

What: About 25 restaurants and caterers from around Shelby County offer guests a taste of their specialty dishes.

When: Thursday, Sept. 13; 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Inverness Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Birmingham.

Tickets and more information: www.shelbyedfoundation.org/event/taste-of-shelby-county.

Taste of Mountain Brook

What: Sample dishes from more than 20 of Mountain Brook's favorite restaurants.

When: Sunday, Sept. 16; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where: 101 Hoyt Lane, Crestline Village, Mountain Brook.

Tickets and more information: www.tasteofmountainbrook.com.

Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

Trucks by the Tracks

 What: Sample dishes from about 30 food trucks and carts at this annual fundraiser for Railroad Park.

When: Sunday, Sept. 16; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Railroad Park, Birmingham.

Tickets and more information: www.railroadpark.org.

Image courtesy of Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Trussville

What: This 10th annual event features food samples from some of Trussville's most popular restaurants.

When: Thursday, Sept. 27; 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Where: Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville.

Tickets and more information: www.trussvillechamber.com.

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St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival

 What: This annual festival, which celebrates its 37th year in 2018, features such Middle Eastern dishes as kibbee, grape leaves, meat pies and falafel.

When: Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29; 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Saint George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 425 16th Ave. South, Birmingham.

Tickets and more information: saintgeorgeonline.org/food-festival.

Image courtesy of Brat Brot

Bratoberfest

What: Birmingham's new Brat Brot biergarten hosts a two-day German-style festival featuring beer, brats, pretzels and live music.

When: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 28-29. 

Where: Brat Brot, 2910 Sixth Ave. South, Birmingham.

Tickets and more information: www.bratbrot.com.

Photo by Teresa Odom

Fiesta

 What: Day-long celebration of Alabama's Hispanic culture, featuring Latino music, dance and food.

When: Saturday, Sept. 29.; noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Linn Park, Birmingham.

Tickets and more information: www.fiestabirmingham.com.