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Apr 15, 2014
Tina George

Bites & Sips – Festival showcases culinary landscape

But a “culinary arts” festival – that’s a different beast altogether.

The Wilmington Wine Food Festival, which returns for its sophomore year May 2-4, joins a much newer tradition of rallying behind the collective creative energies that shape a region’s culinary landscape. And, it’s doubled in size since its debut last year, moving to the historic Bellamy Mansion Museum to accommodate the growing crowd.

This breed of bash is big business, too. Taste of Cincinnati, founded in 1979, is reported to be the nation’s longest running food festival, ballooning from 5,000 to 500,000 attendees. Economic impact numbers from the Charleston Wine + Food Festival held in March were published last week, showing a nearly $10 million boon attributed to the four-day affair.

Chrissy Bonney, president of the non-profit Bacchus’s Brood board that stages the Wilmington Wine Food Festival, has more modest goals as far as numbers go. She said the event would be capped at 400 tickets for the main Saturday and Sunday happenings. Managing festival growth in a way that assures a good time for all is paramount, she said.

“If you grow too quickly, you can’t keep ahead of yourself,” Bonney said. “We want this to be a permanent fixture in the Wilmington food and wine scene.”

The festival was founded with the objective of highlighting the Port City’s dining diversity through tastings and wine pairings. About 15 restaurants and 25 wine and beer vendors will be represented, including well-known players like Rx, YoSake and The Basics joined by area newcomers MegaMaki, Canapé and others. Lauded vintners Jessica and Ryan Carr of Carr Vineyards in Santa Barbara, Calif., will be among the better-known wine producers offering pours.

The Corks Forks Grand Tasting on Saturday will be the headlining act, a $45 ticket buying access to bites and sips both inside the mansion and in a tent outside. Sunday’s Bubbles, Brews Street Eats ($10 for five samples) goes more casual, showcasing beers and food trucks in the Bellamy’s parking lot.

The weekend launches with the Bourbon BBQ Derby Cocktail Party sponsored by Trey Herring’s Carolina Bourbon. The Kentucky Derby-themed party will feature custom cocktails made with the respected distiller’s spirits and a “mix-off” competition between some of the area’s top bartenders.

For those who can’t wait until the weekend, a bonus event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 1. A “progressive tasting” will find participants strolling among four historic downtown homes showcasing different chefs and wines in each.

Bonney said the upgrade in venue was welcome, having outgrown last year’s location, St. Thomas Preservation Hall, after just one outing. While it’s too early to know if it will ever rival larger culinary festivals in the state, Bonney said she hopes to continue on a path of measured expansion.

“Our goal is to become a really well done festival that focuses on the emerging foodie community for a long time to come,” she said.

Contact Paul Stephen at 343-2041 or Paul.Stephen@StarNewsOnline.com. Find him on Twitter @pauljstephen, or drop a note at the Port City Foodies’ Facebook page.

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Apr 15, 2014
Tina George

How New Food Festivals Can Stand Out—And Sell Out



Los Angeles is known for its diverse culinary culture and talent, so it’s no surprise the landscape of food festivals and events is ever-changing, with regular new entries as well as fading stars. Amid the atmosphere of moving targets, a new entity made its entry onto the scene, seeing room in the calendar—and in the category. AEG’s All-Star Chef Classic took over L.A. Live March 22 and 23. Highlighting top chefs from around the country and across the world, the programming brought interactive experiences and demos, and high-end appliances by Fisher Paykel, as well as events like a nighttime “Grill and Chill” program and a local farmers’-market-centric celebration.

The new festival came about after co-founders Krissy Lefebvre and Lucy Lean approached sports and entertainment company AEG with the ideas and secured the chefs. AEG then produced the event, working with 15/40 Productions to execute the design and production.

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Apr 14, 2014
Tina George

Food Network stars to host ‘Taste of Two Forks’ fete

Summer food festivals are turning up the star wattage.

Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian of the Food Network’s “The Kitchen” will co-host the fourth annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks, which highlights culinary talent from the North and South Forks of Long Island.

Last year, Zakarian, who has a string of restaurants, was named culinary director of The Plaza. Lee, who was once married to Billy Joel, has become a name in her own right as a fashionable foodie.

The festival also includes the second annual Dan’s Grillhampton, which will be fronted by another Food Network personality, Robert Irvine of “Restaurant Impossible.”

Grillhampton pits eight New York City chefs against eight Hamptons-based chefs for a grill-off.

The judges include chef Marc Murphy of Kingside, Landmarc and Ditch Plains, who is also a regular judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped.”

Participating New York City chefs include Harold Moore of Commerce and Mike Prince of Market Table.

The festival will be held July 11 and 12 at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. Tickets run to $340 for a Grillhampton ticket and a VIP ticket for Taste of Two Forks.

A portion of this year’s ticket sales will benefit All For The East End, which supports local nonprofits.


Robert Irvine, along with fellow chef Marcus Samuelsson, also will host the sixth annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival the last weekend in July.

Many of the events will be held in beachfront locations, including the festival’s first “Burger Bash,” which has been a popular part of New York and Miami South Beach food festivals, along with a clam bake and “Blues Brews BBQ.”


From cupcakes to … real estate. Jason Bauer, who co-founded Crumbs Bake Shop, is launching Voda Bauer Real Estate with real-estate veteran Avi Voda.

The company will focus on residential and commercial properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This will be Bauer’s first big move since he and his wife, Mia, sold Crumbs in 2011 through a $66 million merger with the 57th Street General Acquisition Corp.

The pair founded Crumbs with a single location on the Upper West Side in 2003, and grew it to a nationwide chain of more than 75 stores in less than 10 years.


Side Dish was the first to reveal that Nicky “Meatballs” Mormando signed a lease to open a new restaurant at 483 Amsterdam Ave., where Good Enough To Eat once stood.

Polpette has just opened and the menu is filled with casual Italian comfort food, including Brooklyn hero sandwiches and appetizers such as “stolen three meatballs snatched from the frying pan crispy outside and deliciously moist on the inside.”

Mormando also has Bello Giardino on West 71st Street.


Here’s another variation on the Juice Wars.

LuliTonix, a brand of blended juices, is in talks to open a store in Soho.

Unlike cold pressed and squeezed juices, blended juices are more nutritious and filling because they contain the entire fruit, vegetable and skin, said owner Lianna Sugarman, who founded the company last year.
LuliTonix is sold online and at some wellness stores and yoga studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The juices are produced in The Organic Food Incubator, in Long Island City.

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Apr 13, 2014
Tina George

7 Great Food Festivals & Street Fairs on Oahu

There’s a large amount of diversity in Oahu‘s dining scene, which offers everything from farm-to-table fare and Asian specialties including adobo, sushi, and dim sum. And while you can choose fine dining or the inimitable plate lunch, the local food establishment encompasses far more than just restaurants. Throughout the year, food festivals and street fairs offer great opportunities to try a variety of dishes, see cooking demonstrations, catch some live entertainment, and mingle with the locals. Here are festivals to note as you plan your next vacation.

Eat the Street

When: Last Friday of every month.

Eat The Street is a food truck rally held at 555 South Street in Kaka’ako, just west of Waikiki near Ala Moana, starting at 4 pm. Each month features a different theme and brings together more than 40 of Hawaii’s favorite food trucks and street vendors, in addition to live performers. Food ranges from local shrimp and corn to soul food to tropical-flavored popsicles.

Insider Tip: Bring a bottle of water and arrive early: This popular event attracts upwards of 7,000 people every month.

Honolulu Night Market

When: Third Saturday of every month.

The Honolulu Night Market, styled after an Asian night market, is held at the Cooke Street Warehouse in Kaka’ako starting at 6 pm. It’s an indoor and outdoor event and activities vary, but generally include a fashion show featuring local designers, a skate ramp, live music, bars, art vendors, a kids’ zone, and lots of food trucks.

Insider Tip: This event has an artsy vibe. Don’t forget to bring your camera and check the website to learn about the vendors.

Waikiki SPAM JAM

When: May 3, 2014

Introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods, Spam is big in Hawaii. In fact, more of it is consumed per capita in Hawaii than in any other state, meaning that almost seven million cans of Spam are eaten here every year. The Waikiki SPAM JAM is a street festival that celebrates the state’s love for the mystery meat, and it attracts upwards of 25,000 people annually. The event features a variety of Honolulu’s restaurants serving Spam-inspired dishes. Two stages provide entertainment, including hula dancers and local musicians, and there are vendors selling Spam-themed merchandise and crafts.

Insider Tip: If you’re planning a trip in May, be sure to check out the festival’s air and hotel-package discounts.

Mangoes at the Moana

When: July 19, 2014

Over 60 kinds of mangoes grow in Hawaii and are celebrated at this festival at the Moana Surfrider. The Mangoes at the Moana Festival is an all-day occasion, and the signature event is the “Mango Throw Down” featuring local celebrity executive chefs in a mango-cooking competition. There’s also a cocktail competition, cooking demonstrations, a mango farmers’ market, workshops, and entertainment. Purchase a wristband a week before the event; you’ll save money and can skip the line for all-you-can-eat food from over 15 booths.

Insider Tip: Show up 15 minutes before scheduled event times for free mango tastings.

Hawaii Food Wine Festival

When: August 29–September 7, 2014

The world class Hawaii Food Wine Festival was founded and is co-chaired by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. The festival showcases culinary creativity, local agriculture, culture, and sustainability. The signature tasting events feature dishes prepared by chefs from Hawaii and around the world, using locally sourced ingredients. Events take place in various locations, but are mostly centered around Waikiki.

Insider Tip: Sign up for the newsletter on the website, as tickets do sell out for events and evening receptions.

Rice Fest

When: September 27, 2014

The annual Rice Fest at Ward Centers celebrates rice, a unifying element of Hawaiian culture and cuisine. A free event, it features cook-offs and contests, as well as local bands and demonstrations by local celebrity chefs. Restaurant and street food vendors hail from a variety of ethnicities to provide as many variations of rice dishes as possible.

Insider Tip: A highlight of the festival is the Spam Musubi Eating Contest. The winner gets a year’s supply of rice.

Hawaii Chocolate Festival

When: Fall 2015

The 50th state is the only state in the U.S. that produces chocolate, and the Hawaii Chocolate Festival celebrates this unique fact.The event caps off a month of local chocolate-themed activities and features tours, tastings, culinary classes, molds and chocolate for sale, a nursery section with cacao plants, hula entertainment, and kids’ activities. A ticket includes 10 tastes of treats made from local beans: everything from chocolate truffles to chocolate beer to chocolate bacon.

Insider Tip: 2015 will be the fifth year of the festival, which will likely be moving both in location and to a fall date, so check the website for updates.

Photo Credit: Spam Jam Foundation (Cheeseburger Truck, Spam Costumes), Starwood Hotels Resorts (mangoes), Edward T. Morita and Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (Hawaii Food Wine Festival), Travis K. Okimoto, produced by Hawaii Pacific Entertainment (Rice Fest Eating Contest), Hawaii Chocolate Festival (Richard’s Chocolate Fountain), Street Grindz, Chuco Townsend (Eat the Street, Honolulu Night Market)

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Apr 12, 2014
Tina George

Bruce Seidel’s Hot Lemon company launching first food/music festival …



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    Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country — CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries.

    “It’s a way to showcase, in a positive, fun light, diversity within the food world,” festival founder Bruce Seidel says of the event, which launches in Los Angeles in the fall. The goal is to show “people that, ‘Hey, gay people are everywhere and this is a way to celebrate that whether you’re gay or not.’”

    Seidel is a former Food Network executive who developed hit shows including “Iron Chef America” and “Next Food Network Star.” These days he runs Hot Lemon Productions, a consulting and production company he created with a focus on food. CookOUT is one of several projects the company is working on.

    He first thought of creating a television program built around mentoring people in the food profession who were struggling with coming out or other issues. But then he began thinking about creating something new on the food festival front and the two ideas jelled.

    The festival won’t be as big as some, aiming for 400 to 500 people rather than thousands, and the plan is to hold it at an LA estate built by a silent film star in the 1920s. Music will range from rock to classical violin and the culinary events will emphasize food experiences as opposed to “you eat 300 things, but you have no idea what you’ve tasted in the end,” says Seidel.

    The roster of performers and chefs still is being put together, but among those from the LGBT community who already have signed up for the event are Big Gay Ice Cream, the New York-based frozen treats shop which also has a branch in Los Angeles, and Art Smith, Oprah’s former personal chef. Straight chefs also will be in the lineup.

    Smith is looking forward to an event celebrating “the vast diversity within the food world of openly gay chefs,” noting that “there are many who still cannot be openly gay in their chosen careers.”

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    Apr 12, 2014
    Tina George

    Chamber, Mystic merchants resolve differences over food festivals

    The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Mystic Merchants, which had announced competing events this fall, are now instead working together, the two groups said Friday.

    The merchants group will hold Mystic Eats on Cottrell Street on Sept. 6-8, and the chamber will hold the Taste of Mystic at its new location in Olde Mistick Village in June of 2015.

    The chamber had announced in February that it would cancel the Taste, which attracts about 40,000 people on the weekend after Labor Day and has been held downtown for at least the past decade. The chamber cited logistical concerns as the issue.

    When merchants heard this, they began planning Mystic Eats. But in March, the chamber reinstituted the Taste and signed a three-year contract to hold it in Olde Mistick Village outside the downtown. The prospect of two festivals the same weekend had incensed some merchants.

    “Our mission is to enhance business and prosperity in our area,” Tricia Walsh, chamber president, said in a statement Friday. “Both of our organizations share the same goals. We are all here to add to the quality of life of this area and promote Greater Mystic as a destination with much to see and do.”

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    Apr 11, 2014
    Tina George

    THE superstar line-up for this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been …

    John Torode, James Martin, Gino D’Acampo and Michael Caines to appear at Bolton Food and Drink Festival

    By Jane Lavender, News editor

    John Torode

    THE superstar line-up for this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival has been revealed.

    MasterChef judge, chef and television presenter, John Torode, will be joining firm food festival favourites Michael Caines, Gino D’Acampo and James Martin at the four-day foodie extravaganza.

    And this year there will be new activities aimed specifically at children.

    Celebrity Aussie chef and restaurateur John will be appearing in a dedicated marquee on Victoria Square, on Sunday, August 24.

    The festival will feature a large speciality food and drink market.

    Free street entertainment will take place in the town centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday, August 22, to Monday, August 25.

    And in a twist to the usual format, as well as doing a cooking demo, John will be judging a cook-off between top regional chefs.

    John has become a household name thanks to MasterChef and John Torode’s Australia.

    He moved to the UK in the 1990s and worked as a sous-chef for the Conran Group.

    John said: “It’s fantastic to be part of Bolton Food and Drink Festival. This will be my first time at the event and I can’t wait.

    “I’m passionate about good, beautifully cooked British food so I’m really looking forward to being involved.”

    Britain’s favourite Italian chef Gino D’Acampo will be making a welcome return on Saturday, August 23, having appeared at the festival twice before.

    He said: “I’m so excited I’m coming back to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

    “I love Bolton, and everyone was so lovely when I came down before. I can’t wait to meet everyone again and cook up some more fantastico Italian food.”

    The festival, now in its ninth year, will once again be launched by two-Michelin starred chef Michael Caines on the Friday, and fellow festival favourite James Martin will take centre stage on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.

    Bolton Council leader, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “Bolton Food and Drink Festival is without doubt one of the best food festivals in the UK, and it just gets better and better every year.

    “Last year’s festival was our biggest yet with 130,000 visitors and we’re hoping for even more this year.

    “The event is a real celebration of the best of local and regional produce, with traders coming from far and wide. It’s fantastic to have John on board this year and we’re sure he will be a real success. Together with Gino and our festival regulars James Martin and Michael Caines we’ve got a spectacular line-up of chefs.

    “We are also organising some exciting new children’s activities so there really will be something for everyone. The festival really will be one not to be missed.”

    More detailed information about the celebrity chef demos will be released soon and tickets will go on sale in June.

    To keep up to date with the latest festival news, log on to the website boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com, visit Facebook and search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival or search for #boltonfoodfest on Twitter.

    Bolton Food and Drink Festival is organised by Bolton Council and sponsored by Bluemantle, Stateside Foods and Market Place Shopping Centre.

    Partners so far this year include Bolton Market, Kro Bar, Marriott, and The Octagon Theatre.

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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is proud to present the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s sixth annual celebration, beginning Friday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The three-day culinary and spirits festival is the leading food and wine festival in the market and will feature a star-studded roster of some of the country’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include returning celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, a proven fan-favorite of festival guests; and the inaugural participation of James Beard award-winning chef and TV personality, Marcus Samuelsson, Co-Creator and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in New York City; more celebrity chef announcements will be made in the coming weeks.


    Additionally, in response to the success of the Beach Soiree event last year, the majority of the weekend’s events will be hosted in beachfront and courtyard locations, allowing guests to celebrate this iconic festival outdoors and under the stars. One of the signature outdoor events of the year will be the “Burger Bash,” a first-time event for the Atlantic City Food Wine Festival and one that has risen to popularity at many of the other popular food festivals in the country such as South Beach and New York. Burger Bash presented by “The Beef Checkoff” will be tented on the beach, replete with a Beer Garden and live music.

    “The Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will feature exciting chefs and an incredible new outdoor format, a true celebration of our beachfront location, that we are really proud to bring to our guests this year,” Jason Spencer, Vice President of Entertainment, Nightlife and Lifestyle Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “We invest significant time and thought into refreshing the festival year-over-year to reflect the interests of our ticketholders and provide a weekend of unexpected programming that folks can look forward to. With the festival moving outside along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, we are proud to showcase the beautiful beach outside our doors and host both new visitors and familiar faces.”

    The 2014 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of outdoor events including delicious tastings and instructive demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate. New and some returning festival highlights include:

    • Beach Soiree: It’s time to let loose and have some fun, when the sun goes down, the festival heats up. Enjoy an evening beachside party while savoring refreshing cocktails and gourmet passed appetizers.
    • Burger Bash: Underneath the festival’s signature white tents the region’s top burger maestros have been carefully selected to bring their best burger recipes and unique side dishes to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival to compete for people’s hearts and stomachs. Each offering will be perfectly accented by refreshing Beer Garden and wine samples, grab a napkin, foodies, and dig in!
    • Clam Bake: Calling all seafood living foodies for this adventure! The Atlantic City Food and Wine festival is bringing the epitome of this New England tradition to the Jersey Shore with a full-blown Clam Bake. Bally’s Beach will be transformed into a New England backyard with this summer’s Clam Bake, fully equipped with traditional menu items like lobsters, clams, corn-on-the-cob and an atmosphere that feels like home while your feet are in the sand.   
    • The Grand Market: Foodies, prepare your palate for perfection! The signature event of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Grand Market will most certainly be the indulgence highlight of your year. Eat and drink your way through this eclectic tasting village. Featuring a wide selection of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors from world-renowned culinary masters, you will experience a true flavor adventure during your three-hour gourmet journey. And when you find something you love, take it home with you! Purchase your favorite flavors while culinary demos by celebrity chefs provide you with tips to enhance your home dining experiences.
    • Blues Brews BBQ: Throw on your boots, food-lovers … this festival is taking a tasty trip to the south! Kick your feet up as BBQ vendors take over and cook up some the best ribs, chicken and brisket you’ve ever tasted. And let’s not forget about the ice-cold beer! While you’re here, you can purchase some of the latest BBQ merchandise around.

    Tickets for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will go on sale April 18, 2014 and can be purchased online at www.acfoodandwine.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420.

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    New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs

    Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country — CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries.

    “It’s a way to showcase, in a positive, fun light, diversity within the food world,” festival founder Bruce Seidel says of the event, which launches in Los Angeles in the fall. The goal is to show “people that, ‘Hey, gay people are everywhere and this is a way to celebrate that whether you’re gay or not.’”

    Seidel is a former Food Network executive who developed hit shows including “Iron Chef America” and “Next Food Network Star.” These days he runs Hot Lemon Productions, a consulting and production company he created with a focus on food. CookOUT is one of several projects the company is working on.

    He first thought of creating a television program built around mentoring people in the food profession who were struggling with coming out or other issues. But then he began thinking about creating something new on the food festival front and the two ideas jelled.

    The festival won’t be as big as some, aiming for 400 to 500 people rather than thousands, and the plan is to hold it at an LA estate built by a silent film star in the 1920s. Music will range from rock to classical violin and the culinary events will emphasize food experiences as opposed to “you eat 300 things, but you have no idea what you’ve tasted in the end,” says Seidel.

    The roster of performers and chefs still is being put together, but among those from the LGBT community who already have signed up for the event are Big Gay Ice Cream, the New York-based frozen treats shop which also has a branch in Los Angeles, and Art Smith, Oprah’s former personal chef. Straight chefs also will be in the lineup.

    Smith is looking forward to an event celebrating “the vast diversity within the food world of openly gay chefs,” noting that “there are many who still cannot be openly gay in their chosen careers.”

    Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    Apr 11, 2014
    Tina George

    8 Birmingham food festivals to put on your spring calendar — from Lebanese to …

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Now that spring has finally gotten here, the social calendar is fast filling up with food festivals celebrating everything from Lebanese food to Italian cuisine, gumbo to barbecue.

    To help you plan the rest of your spring, here are eight of those festivals that we’re looking forward to between now and the end of May.

    And be sure to click on the gallery at the top of this story to see a slideshow of photos from past year’s festivals.

    Cahaba River Crawfish and Shrimp Boil

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    When: 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

    Where: Trussville Springs, 6655 Gadsden Highway, Trussville.

    What’s on the menu: Crawfish and shrimp plates prepared by Parish Seafood Oyster House, plus hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks.

    What else: Music by DJ Austin Jones, II Da Maxx and Sidecar; children’s activities include face-painting and picnic games.

    How much: Admission is free; food and drinks priced separately.

    Find out more at: www.cahabariverboil.com.

    Saint Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

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    When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 25-26.

    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

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    When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26.

    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.

    Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival

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    When: 4 to 11 p.m. April26; 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

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    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.

    Barber Food Truck Rally

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    When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10.

    Where: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham.

    What’s on the menu: Food truck fare from Cantina on Wheels, NOLA Ice, Melt, Off the Hook, Slice, Dreamcakes, Repicci’s Italian Ice and Greg’s Hot Dogs.

    What else: Free admission to the museum included with your ticket.

    How much: $25 at the gate, includes five $3 food tickets.

    Find out more at: www.facebook.com/events.

    When Pigs Fly! Kosher BBQ Cook-Off and Festival

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    When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18.

    Where: Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Road, Birmingham.

    What’s on the menu: Pulled chicken and brisket plates and sandwiches, plus sides, desserts and drinks.

    What else: Celebrity judges will select the best barbecue chicken, brisket, baked beans and booth décor in the kosher barbecue competition and festival-goers will vote for the People’s Choice Award. Plus a kids’ zone and a pickle-eating contest.

    How much: Admission is free, food and drinks priced separately.

    Find out more at: www.whenpigsflykosherbbq.com.

    Bob Sykes BBQ Blues Festival

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    When: 1 to 9 p.m. May 31.

    Where: DeBardeleban Park, 1623 Second Ave. North, Bessemer.

    What’s on the menu: Barbecue plates and sandwiches from Bob Sykes BarB-Q, of course.

    What else: Blues music from Lenny Madden, the J.K. Terrell Experience, Josh Garrett Band, Claudette King and Mr. Sipp.

    How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; children 12 and under free.

    Find out more at: www.bobsykesblues.com.

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