Original Story Ran on AL.com
By Shauna Stuart

February 19, 2024

Birmingham’s FOOD+ Culture festival is one of the best new festivals to attend in the United States, according to voters in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Birmingham hosted the inaugural FOOD + Culture festival in 2023.

The four-day fall food festival and dinner series, which ran from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, was designed to showcase culinary talent in Birmingham and throughout the South. The series of events centered around Birmingham’s Pepper Place commercial district and the historic Sloss Furnaces landmark. The festivities included: an opening lunch honoring women in the culinary scene, hosted by James Beard award-winning author Toni Tipton Martin, the launch of the Frank Stitt Award for Industry Excellence and a family style dinner celebrating Black chefs.