By Bob Carlton | AL.com
Well, you can’t complain there’s nothing to do in Birmingham this coming weekend.
Or at least you shouldn’t.
Between Friday and Sunday, no less than five food festivals will be going on all around Birmingham, offering everything from grape leaves to gumbo, food truck fare to Italian cuisine.
Yeah, we know the weekend is still five days away, but with all that’s going on, it’s not too early to start planning your strategy. Or to go ahead and buy your tickets.
And to whet your appetite for what to expect on the menu, click on the slideshow at the top of this story.
Here’s your day-by-day schedule.
Saint Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
- When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Where: Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, 836 Eighth St. South, Birmingham.
- What’s on the menu: Baked kibbee, grilled chicken, grape leaves, tabouleh, spinach pies, meat pies, falafel sandwiches, hummus and pita bread; plus desserts including baklawa, ma’amoul, kaak, cashew fingers and Lebanese doughnuts.
- What else: Music by the Amin Sultan Lebanese Band, traditional dancing performed by the church youth, 5K run and fun run, church tours and a silent auction.
- How much: Admission is free; food priced separately.
- Find out more at: www.stelias.org/festival.
Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala
- When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Where: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St. North, Birmingham.
- What’s on the menu: About 40 teams will cook and serve gumbo for the professional and back yard cooks competition; guests are invited to sample the gumbo.
- What else: Bluegrass music by Rollin’ in the Hay, plus arts and crafts and children’s activities.
- How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, free for children 12 and under.
- Find out more at: www.episcopalplace.org/gumbo-gala.
Protective Life Food Truck Roundup
- When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Where: Colonial Brookwood Village in the upper park lot of Macy’s, Homewood.
- What’s on the menu: Food from more than a dozen food trucks and trailers, including Cantina on Wheels, Shindigs Catering, Ezell’s Catfish Cabin, Full Moon Bar-B-Q, Melt, Fresh off the Bun, Off the Hook, Slice, Saw’s Street Kitchen, Repicci’s Italian Ice, NOLA Ice, Dreamcakes, the JLB Yummy Truck, and Goodies Ice Cream.
- What else: Beer from Good People Brewing Company and Supreme Beverage and free Coca-Cola products.
- How much: $20 in advance online here through 4 p.m. Friday; $25 at the gate on Saturday; free for children 10 and under. Each ticket includes four tokes redeemable for food; additional tokens will be on sale at the event.
- Find out more at: www.preschool-partners.org.
Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival
- When: 4 to 11 p.m.; feast mass starts at 3 p.m.
- Where: Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 7340 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham.
- What’s on the menu: Grilled Italian sausage sandwiches, Papa John’s pizza, traditional Italian desserts and espresso, plus main courses prepared by chefs Benard Tamburello and Chris Vizzina.
- What else: Entertainment by Ross Gagliano and SpellBound, Henry Lovoy and Razz Ma Tazz, the Dance South Dance Team, Big Daddy’s New Band and Total A$$et$, plus a grape stomp, a cigar patio and amusement rides for the children..
- How much: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under.
- Find out more at: www.feastofstmark.com.
Corks & Chefs
- When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 26-27.
- Where: Linn Park, Birmingham.
- What’s on the menu: Wine and food tasting features about 100 wines and dishes prepared by chefs from Continental Bakery, Little Donkey, Nabeel’s Café & Market, Silvertron Café, Slice Pizza & Brew, Vino, Bellinis Ristorante & Bar, Cantina Tortilla Grill, Catering by Lanetta, Oscar’s at the Museum, The Pantry and Vittoria Macelleria.
- What else: Music by the Blue Ribbon Healers and Stuart McNair. Also, the Magic City Art Connection art show will be going on throughout Linn Park.
- How much: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
- Find out more at: www.magiccityart.com.