Alabama Hometown Cookbook

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by Kent Whitaker & Sheila Simmons

ISBN 978-1-934817-27-8

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Alabama Hometown Cookbook

Favorite Recipes from Alabama's Best Hometown Cooks

Alabama Hometown Cookbook dishes up a double-helping of local, tried and true recipes and fun-filled facts about hometowns all over The Heart of Dixie. From moutain hiking in North Alabama to white sandy beaches in the south, to the culture and excitement of Central Alabama there is something for everyone to love... especially the food.

This cookbook captures favorite recipes from hometown cooks all over the state... from Famous Alabama Fried Chicken to Charred Sweet Corn Pudding to Mamaw's Banana Pudding. From Sunday Sausage Breakfast Casserole to Mountain Apple Dumplings, Crabmeat Bacon Rolls to Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Coffee Frosting, these recipes and 300 more hand-selected favorites will bring you home to Alabama where hospitality and southern cooking are a way of life

In addition to the outstanding recipes, Alabama's favorite food-related festivals are profiled throughout the book with fun stories and beautiful full color pictures. From the Cullman Strawberry Festival to the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Chilton County Peach Festival to Alabama Pecan Festival in Mobile, Orange Beach Seafood Festival to Scottsboro's Catfish Festival there is an event to suit every taste.

Have a seat at Alabama's table where great cooking is always on the menu.

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Alabama Hometown Cookbook Features Alabama's Favorite Food Festivals

The following list of Alabama Festivals is alphabetical by city in Alabama. Click each link to take you to information about that Alabama festival and/or scroll down for the full list of Alabama Festivals by date.  

Arab • Poke Salat Festival
Bessemer • Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Brookside • St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
Brewton • Alabama Blueberry Festival
Brookside • St. Nicholas Russian/Slavic Food Festival
Brundidge • Peanut Butter Festival & Nutter Butter Parade Castleberry • Castleberry Strawberry Festival
Chatom • Pork in the Pines BBQ
Childersburg • Kymulga Grits Festival
Clanton • Chilton County Peach Festival
Columbiana • Shelby County Shindig & BBQ
Cullman • Cullman Strawberry Fest
Cullman • Farm Y'ALL Festival
Cullman • Sweet Tater Festival
Cullman • Wing Street
Dothan • National Peanut Festival and Parade
Dothan • Porktoberque
Dothan • Tri-State Barbecue Festival
Elkmont • Elkmont Lions Club Smoking Railroad Street BBQ
Evergreen • Evergreen Sausage Festival
Foley • Alabama Festival of Flavor
Foley • BBQ & Blues Cook-Off
Gadsden • Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook Off
Gadsden • Smoke on the Falls Noccalula BBQ Fest
Grand Bay • Grand Bay Watermelon Festival
Gulf Shores • National Shrimp Festival
Hartselle • Cotton Pickin BBQ Cook-Off
Huntsville • Heads n Tails Crawfish Boil
Huntsville • WhistleStop Festival
Jemison • Petals from the Past Black and Blue Berry Festival
Loxley • Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Mobile • Mobile Chocolate Festival
Monroeville • HIPPY'S Big Butt BBQ Bash
Montgomery • Old Alabama Town Herb Society Herb Day Festival
Orange Beach • Flora-Bama's Super Chili Bowl Cook Off
Orange Beach • Orange Beach Seafood Festival
Pinson • Alabama Butterbean Festival
Rainbow City • Alabama Chocolate Festival
Russellville • Franklin County Watermelon Festival
Scottsboro • Catfish Festival
Selma • Alabama River Chili Cookoff
Selma • Central Alabama Crawfish Festival
Tallassee • Tallassee Now! BBQ Festival
Thomaston • Pepper Jelly Festival
Tillmans Corner • Alabama Pecan Festival
Tuscaloosa • Bama Brew & Que


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Alabama Blueberry Festival
Brewton •  Third Saturday in June

Bring your lawn chair and spend the day at the Alabama Blueberry Festival in downtown historic Brewton. You will enjoy arts and craft vendors, live entertainment throughout the day, an antique car show, food court, blueberry ice cream (made fresh for the festival), free children's section, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and t-shirts. It’s fun for the whole family.


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Alabama Butterbean Festival
Pinson • First Weekend in October

Don’t miss the annual Alabama Butterbean Festival which rounds up country cooks, families and die-hard fans of butterbeans for a fun-filled weekend of free family fan including live music, carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and the largest Fall fireworks show in Alabama. You will also see the World Record Holding Butterbean Pot, set in 2010 for the largest pot of baked beans at 1,010.65 gallons. The Alabama Butter Festivals is “Central Alabama's Largest Fall Festival” with more than 40,000 in attendance.

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Alabama Chocolate Festival
Rainbow City • 1st Saturday in April

Alabama Chocolate Festival offers outstanding family fun with free admission, great entertainment from 4 to 5 groups, a Chocolate Taste-Off (cash prizes in cakes, pies, cookies, and everything else chocolate), Egg Toss Contest (cash prizes), Chocolate Chug-A-Lug Contest (cash prizes), Arts & Crafts Vendors, Food Vendors, Carnival (admission charge), and a 5-foot Chocolate Fountain to dip your special treat. Bring your lawn chair; no coolers or pets allowed.

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Alabama Festival of Flavor
Foley • October

The annual Alabama Festival of Flavor, held in October every year in the streets of Historic Downtown Foley, was named one to the “50 Can’t Miss Alabama Food Festivals” and is a culinary celebration you do not want to miss. Promoting and celebrating local foods of Alabama to local and regional visitors, residents and businesses, the festival provides visitors with a glimpse of the unique Coastal Alabama lifestyle from professional cooking demonstrations using fresh Gulf seafood, to Alabama-made beer and wine tastings, to children’s activities featuring hands-on original Alabama cultural arts experiences.

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Alabama Pecan Festival
Mobile • First Full Weekend in November

The Alabama Pecan Festival offers entertainment for the young and young- at-heart. Free grandstand events include a classic country and western show, a Sunday gospel show with topnotch entertainers, and more. This family-oriented festival at the Tillman's Corner Community Center also offers a carnival atmosphere with rides, food, face painting, arts and crafts, and jewelry. There is something for everyone.

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Alabama River Chili Cookoff
Selma • 3rd Thursday in March

The Alabama River Chili Cook-off on Selma’s Historic Water Avenue is a project of Selma-Dallas County Leadership Class XVIII. ARCCO is a fun way to showcase Central Alabama's best amateur and seasoned chefs while bringing the community together for great family fun and to support a great cause. All proceeds benefit a different charity every year. The cook-off has something for all ages, including music, chili samples and pizza for the kids. The entire family will find plenty of fun things to enjoy.

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Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Loxley  • Second Weekend in April

The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival is a much-anticipated local tradition held annually on the second weekend of April at Loxley Municipal. Started in 1987, the festival has grown to hosting over 180 arts and craft exhibitors, a dozen different food vendors, an exciting carnival, fun children's games, an antique auto show, exhibits, live music and the Little Miss Strawberry Beauty Pageant

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Bama Brew & Que
Tuscaloosa • September

This exciting BBQ competition is planned and coordinated by the Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa. Bring your best skills and compete for bragging rights and monetary awards. Admission is free. Festival-goers may visit with competitors while viewing a variety of cooking styles and grilling techniques. On site food sales and samples are available. Judging will be by KCBS-certified judges and the top 10 teams in each category will be recognized at an awards ceremony, with the top five teams in each category receiving monetary awards.

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BBQ & Blues Cook-Off
Foley • 3rd Weekend in March

Festival goers will enjoy award-winning barbeque, popular blues bands, craft and retail vendors and children’s activities at the BBQ & Blues Cook-Off which is part of the Alabama BBQ Trail. Competition categories are Chicken, Ribs, Boston Butts, Sauce and Anything “Butt” including exotic items, seafood and desserts. The cooking competition is open to everyone (backyard and professional) with the $100 entry fee covering all competition categories and up to six team members.

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Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer • Weekend after Memorial Day

Barbecue and blues combine for an outstanding local event held at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park in historic downtown Bessemer. You will hear talented award-winning national and local blues musicians in a relaxing and fun atmosphere. Bring a chair or blanket, set-up your spot for the day, and enjoy Bob Sykes BBBQ, arts, crafts, and free giveaways. Chosen by as one of the top food festivals in Alabama, there is something to do for the entire family including a large kid’s corner. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds to The Clay House Children’s Center.

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Castleberry Strawberry Festival
Castleberry • 3rd Saturday in April

For more than 25 years, Castleberry has hosted the annual Strawberry Festival on the third Saturday in April. Visitors will enjoy arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, kid’s games and rides. Fresh strawberries are the highlight of the day. Castleberry, “Strawberry Capital of Alabama,” is located halfway between Montgomery & Mobile and is 8 miles west of Interstate 65 off exit 83 on Highway 31.

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Catfish Festival
Scottsboro • 3rd Saturday in May

Scottsboro’s Catfish Festival is a free family event featuring a car, truck, motorcycle, and antique tractor show plus musical entertainment, venders, children's area, southern gospel singing, and a pet parade. From 8 am to Noon the day of the festival, children are allowed to fish for catfish where 1000 pounds of catfish are in a net convenient to a pier. Parking is free.

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Central Alabama Crawfish Festival
Selma • 2nd Weekend in April

The Central Alabama Crawfish Festival is an annual festival with live music, food vendors, a Kids Fun Zone, arts and craft vendors and, of course, tons of crawfish. This event is held as part of the Selma Lions Club non-profit fundraiser for an eye conservation program that helps low or non-existent income individuals in central Alabama communities

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Chilton County Peach Festival & Peach Jam
Clanton • 3rd Weekend in June

Chilton County celebrates peaches in a variety of ways. The Peach Cook-Off is sponsored by the Chilton County Extension Office, the Chilton County Farmers Federation and the Clanton Lions Club. The Chilton County Peach Festival is the last Saturday of June each year and is sponsored by the Clanton Lions Club. The Peach Jam Jubilee, a music and craft fair sponsored by the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce is Friday night before the Lions' event. An art competition, fun run, and car show are held by various groups.

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Cotton Pickin BBQ Cook-Off
Hartselle • 3rd Saturday in May

The aroma of slow-cooked barbeque has filled downtown Hartselle on the third weekend in May since 2010. This Top 20 Event in the Southeast, the annual Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off, invites professional and amateur grill masters to show off their barbeque expertise as festival goers experience the excitement of a cook-off and enjoy shopping in the historic downtown area. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Alabama Barbeque Association (ABA). ABA teams can qualify for the coveted Governors Cup and KCBS members can gain points towards the Jack.

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Cullman Strawberry Festival
Cullman • May

The Strawberry Festival is held each year to support our local farmers with their fresh strawberry harvest. The event kicks-off with the opening of the Farmer's Market. Other activities include kids games, inflatables, and rides, a car show, a large arts and crafts fair, a 5K and 10K run, and live music.

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Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook-Off
Gadsden • 1st Saturday in February

The Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook-Off is a community festival that brings dozens of chili connoisseurs from across the southeast to put their chili recipes to the test. You will enjoy this friendly competition that attracts hundreds to come and taste the diverse recipes, admire the classic cars that cruise in, enjoy the music that fills the streets, and shop till they drop.

256-547-8696 •

Elkmont Lions Club Smokin' Railroad Street BBQ Cookoff
Elkmont • 2nd Weekend in June

This is a Backyard BBQ Cookoff, we are KCBS and ABA certifited. The event is held in our small historic town in north central Alabama, we have music, crafts and unique shops to visit, The Richard Martin Rails to Trails runs right down the middle of the town, just another added thing to see and do. From battlefields to walking trails there is something for everyone to do besides enjoying the site, smells and taste of BBQ.

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Evergreen Sausage Festival
Evergreen • 3rd Weekend in October

The Evergreen Sausage Festival is held every year in Downtown Evergreen on the 3rd Saturday in October. At the same time as the Sausage Festival, the Alabama BBQ Association Backyard Division BBQ Cook-Off is held awarding Alabama BBQ Trail Points. You will enjoy handmade arts & crafts plus live music and entertainment all day. They are many food vendors serving delicious food including Gourmet Conecuh Sausage Dogs. With a children’s area with rock climbing wall and more, this festival is fun for the whole family. Free Admission.

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Farm Ya’ll Festival
Cullman • Last Weekend in August

A celebration of Cullman County's ranking as the top agricultural county in the state bringing in celebrity chefs, seasonal produce and the southeastern "Giant Pumpkin" weigh in. Local chefs and chefs from across Alabama are on hand to prepare dishes using local ingredients. Watch as farmers from five states try to break existing state records with the largest pumpkins and watermelons. Come join the fun and help celebrate agriculture.

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Flora-Bama's Super Chili Bowl
Cook Off

Orange Beach • Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday

Let the chopping begin, at the Flora-Bama’s “Super” Bowl Chili Cook-Off on Super Bowl Saturday. Teams of 3 register beforehand and will even dress up to show team spirit. They work their chili wizardry to win with their version of the best chili ever, and will receive an award at the end of the day. If you don't want to cook, come by and sample the wide variety of dishes. The Flora-Bama continues this annual event that benefits the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.


Franklin County Watermelon Festival
Russellville • Third Weekend in August

The Franklin County Watermelon Festival began in 1981. This annual event celebrating watermelon is the third weekend in August and is the largest festival in Franklin County attracting crowds of 35,000. The Watermelon Festival is a family friendly event with live music, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors and WATERMELON! Visit Franklin County, the Watermelon Capital of Alabama!

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Grand Bay Watermelon Festival
Grand Bay • July 3-4 each year

The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, held July 3rd, 3-7pm and July 4th, 8am-4pm, is all about family, music and, of course, Grand Bay Watermelons. Our mission is to bring the community together with outstanding fun for thousands of people along the Gulf Coast including lots of food and entertainment for kids and adults alike. On July 4th you can enjoy all the free sliced ice cold watermelon you can eat, an open car show, a Pretty Baby Contest, and get a Souvenir Program filled with information, recipes using watermelon, and ads from our sponsors.

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Heads -N- Tails Crawfish Boil
Huntsville • Annually held in Spring

The Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil held annually in the spring at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL. The festival draws several thousand people from all over Alabama for a day of delicious food, live zydeco music and free family fun!

256-533-1953 •


HIPPY's Big Butt BBQ Bash
Monroeville • April

HIPPY's Big Butt BBQ Bash fundraiser is a BBQ cooking competition with over $3000 in cash and trophies for the winners! It begins on Fri with a VIP party for the cook teams, sponsors and the HIPPY board of directors. Teams compete for bragging rights and prizes for the Biggest Butt grand champion and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in three categories: Butts, ribs and chicken. The event is held at Whitey Lee Park. Bring your family and friends and join us for a fun filled day with lots of good music and lots of great barbecue! HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

251-564-1437 •'S Big Butt BBQ Bash

Kymulga Grist Mill & Park
Grits Festival

Childersburg • Last Weekend in April

This annual event is held on the last Saturday in April on the Historic Kymulga Mill and Covered Bridge property next to Talladega Creek. The day begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00. There are many vendors who bring hand made crafts and art work for sale to the public. The Mill store also sells fresh stone ground meal and grits as well as fresh local honey and various unique store items. Kymulga Grist Mill signature shrimp and grits are served as well as barbeque, hot dogs, hamburgers and fresh roasted corn.


The Mobile Chocolate Festival
Mobile • February

The Mobile Chocolate Festival, a celebration of all things chocolate, will be held at the Abba Shrine Center in February, with all proceeds to benefit Penelope House. The 8th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival will feature vendors offering samples of their chocolate-related products as well as selling their products. Vendors vary from having chocolate-themed wares to succulent confections to jewelry to bath and body products.

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National Peanut Festival
Dothan • Late October or early November

A nine day Festival to honor the peanut, peanut farmers and all aspects of agri-business. This year the Festival will celebrate its 72nd year with agricultural exhibits, pageants, crafts, recipe contest, horticulture, concert entertainment, midway attractions and carnival rides. The grand finale parade is held in downtown Dothan on the last Saturday of the Festival and the street is covered with roasted peanuts by a cement mixer. Enjoy these tasty legumes while you watch the 2 ½ mile parade of floats, marching bands, shrine units, motorcycles clubs and pageant queens.

334-793-4323 •

Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores • 2nd Full Weekend in October

The Annual National Shrimp Festival, which draws over 250,000 people, is one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top rated events contributing over $46 million total economic impact. There are over 300 exhibitors offering everything from fine art, arts & crafts and a retail marketplace to the Children’s Activity Center where kids can let all their creative talents loose. We also can’t forget shrimp cooked every way possible and 4 days of continuous music featuring major national recording acts as well as all the local favorites. Other activities include our sand sculpture contest, the 10k run/walk, anbd our Singing for Scholarships contest.

251-968-6091 •


Peanut Butter Festival
Brundidge • Last Saturday in October

On the last Saturday in October, the town of Brundidge pays tribute the foodstuff that sustained it during the Great Depression and to the little nut that continues to provide a giant boost to the local economy with the annual Peanut Butter Festival harvest and heritage celebration. The Peanut Butter Festival gets underway at the crack of dawn with the 5K Peanut Butter Run and continues until dark catches us with non-stop entertainment, the Peanut Butter Recipe Contest, the Peanut Butter Kids Contest, games and contests like goober ball and hog calling, the construction of Alabama's Largest PB&J Sandwich, exhibits, a George Washington Carver presentation, arts, crafts, food and everything peanut butter.

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Pepper Jelly Festival
Thomaston • Last Saturday in April

The West Alabama rural town of Thomaston, a community of fewer than 400 people, is tucked away in the heart of the traditional Black Belt region of the Deep South. Known for its fertile, rich, dark soil, the Black Belt provides our local Deep South Food Alliance farmers the finest quality produce, including the peppers often used to make Mama Nem’s Pepper Jelly, a famous regional delight. The delicious pepper jelly has become one the regions favorite foods, so much so, that in recognition, an annual celebration is held - the last Saturday, every April - known as the Pepper Jelly Festival. The community of Thomaston, through the Alabama Rural Heritage Foundation sponsors the event. The festival promises a combination of the best in music, delicious food including good ole’ Thomaston barbeque, unique crafts created by the best of vendors, and other outdoor activities.

334-627-3388 •

Petals from the Past Black and Blue Berry Festival
Jemison • June

Join Petals from the Past in Jemison, Alabama for the Black and Blue Berry Festival. Come at 9:00 to pick fresh blackberries and blueberries. Kids of all ages will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and a hay ride. Admission is free. There will be informational talks on growing blackberries and blueberries. Lunch will also be available. Taste delicious blackberry and blueberry desserts in the barn.

205-646-0069 •

Poke Salat Festival
Arab • Third Saturday in May

The Poke Salat Festival, held in Downtown Arab, is one of North Alabama's longest running events. The festival was started by the L'Rancho cafe's Liar's club and is now hosted by the Arab Downtown Association and the City of Arab. Celebrating the Poke Weed plant, which cooks into the famous Poke Salat, generally eaten with scrambled eggs. The Festival features on site artisan demonstrations, a variety of interactive activities, bands, vendors, food court, kids area and much more!

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Pork in the Pines
Chatom • February

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce hosts a yearly barbecue competition that is an Alabama Barbecue Association event as a Backyard Barbecue. Each year teams compete to win prize money for the first 3 places in chicken and ribs, and also a people's choice winner. The chamber sales barbecue plates the day of the event. The town's Mardi Gras parade is the same day and it is a day full of fun, so come join us!

251-847-2214 ext 3004 •

Dothan • Last weekend in September

What do you get when you combine an Oktoberfest with a sanctioned barbecue competition? PorktoberQue! Featuring cold Oktoberfest-style beers, hot barbecue, a car show, contemporary music on the outside stage and polkas on the inside Festhaus stage (air-conditioned building). Plus, there's kids activities and the event is pet friendly (pets allowed on the outside fair grounds, but not allowed in the Festhaus building due to the bratwurst and food inside).

334-699-1475 •

Saint Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival
Birmingham • April

Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church is home of the annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival held in April of each year in the Southside area of Birmingham near the UAB campus. In addition to the great food there are many activities during the Festival including, a silent auction, traditional dancing by the youth of the church, a live Lebanese band to provide music for public dancing, church tours of the only Maronite Catholic church in the State of Alabama, different wares for sale at the church booth, a 5k and Cedar Fun Run on Saturday morning of the Festival and much more!

205-252-3867 •

Shelby County Shindig & BBQ
Columbiana • July

This BBQ COOK OFF and Music festival is held in the beautiful little town of Columbiana, AL. The cookoff competition is non sanctioned and open to amateurs. Having said that, you'll find some seriously good bbq at this event. The music stage is acoustic in nature with folk,blues and bluegrass. There is no admission to the event, but you will need to purchase a tasting ticket to taste all the cook teams fare! The event is a fundraiser for the Shelby County Arts Council and the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce.

205-669-0044 •

Smoke on the Falls BBQ Festival
Gadsden • 2nd weekend in April

Festival includes: Kids area, Smoke Your Buns 5K Run, Bands and much more. Smoke on the Falls is held at Noccalula Falls Campground.






St. Nicholas Slavic/Russian
Food Festival

Brookside • First full weekend in November

Ethnic foods served dine in or take out. Holupki (stuffed cabbages); kielbasa and kraut, pirohy, piroshky, haluski (dumplings) kasha, borsht, shchi, pigach, to name a few. Baked goods for sale, traditional pastries and breads from recipes handed down from immigrants of Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia. Drink Russian tea from the samovar. Live music provided for your enjoyment. Tours of the historic St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, established in 1894. The current building was built in 1916.

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Sweet Tater Festival
Cullman • Labor Day Weekend

Continuous Entertainment, Camping, Pavilions, Door Prizes, Car Show, Cabins, Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors, Kiddie Rides, Swimming Pool, Boat Ramps, Park for Free, Become a Vendor, Putt Putt Golf, and of course lots of Sweet Taters! $3 Admission will be charged.




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Tallassee Now BBQ
Tallassee • First Weekend in June

Tallassee Now BBQ is a celebration of the city of Tallassee. It’s a time to look at are historic past. We have a great BBQ cook-off and we will have bands on two stages. This two day festival showcases Tallassee, Al as a fun place to live.




334-283-7318 •

Tri-State BBQ Festival
Dothan • 2nd Weekend of April

The Tri-State BBQ Festival is a sanctioned barbecue cooking competition that offers over $11,000 in prize money. There's also a kids cook-off, cooking classes and demonstrations, food vendors, merchandise vendors, car show, and entertainment from music to kids activities. Activities vary from year to year, but are always family-friendly.

WhistleStop BBQ Festival
Huntsville • May

WhistleStop Festival is a foot-stompin', pig-chompin' two-day event on the grounds of the Huntsville Historic Train Depot in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. Our weekend is full of live entertainment, family fun and professional and amateur BBQ cooking competitions. The fun and good food are all for a good cause, too! All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children's Museum and educational programs for area children.

256-564-8100 •

Cullman • September

Wingstreet is a community festival centered around Cullman County's number one agricultural product - the chicken. Local businesses, restaurants, and individuals come together for a large wing cook-off where the winner is determined by the number of wings sold. Wingstreet also plays host to our infamous Game Day Tent where attendees can watch NCAA College Football games on our large screen TV's while enjoying their wings. Wingstreet also features a large kid's zone with inflatables, games, and activities for kids of all ages. The festival is held in September every year at Depot Park, and in 2015, Wingstreet is proud to be partnering with the Cullman Downtown Merchants Association's Celebrate Cullman adding even more fun to the annual festival

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About the Authors:      

Kent Whitaker has taken his down-home, Southern-style cooking to an art-form. “I like to do a bit more than burgers and dogs on the grill.” He is the author of three cookbooks, Tennessee Hometown Cookbook (Great American Publishers, 2007), Smoke in the Mountains (Quail Ridge Press, 2004) and Checkered Flag Cooking (Quail Ridge Press, 2005), and has written and illustrated two children’s books, Why are the Mountains Smoky? (Overmountain Press, 2004) and Big Mo’s Tennis Ball Hunt (Great American Publishers, 2006).

Kent has appeared on the Food Network and other network television stations. He frequently hosts cooking classes at the Chattanooga Market and throughout the South. He writes a cooking column for the Catoosa County News and the Chattanoogan, and writes monthly articles for both The National Barbecue News and Racing Milestones Magazine. Kent is a dog-lover and advocate for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Kent and his wife Ally live in East Tennessee with one son, Macee, a Golden Retriever named Moses and a Shitzu named Barney.

Sheila Simmons is passionate about cooking and cookbooks. In her travels, when people come to stay at her “rambling house in the country,” when entertaining, and especially when attending church events, the subject will always, eventually, turn to recipes. In 2006, she left her Associate Publisher position at Quail Ridge Press (Brandon, MS) to focus her passion on Great American Publishers where she is Publisher and co-owner along with husband Roger Simmons.

Sheila is also co-author of the STATE HOMETOWN COOKBOOK SERIES, author of Kitchen Memories Cookbook, and Children's Director for Mt Pisgah Baptist Church (Brandon, MS). She lives in Lena, Mississippi with her husband Roger and son Nicholas. Her first-born son, Ryan, lives close-by with his wife, Shelbie and Sheila’s first grandchild, Trace Warner Williams. In addition to publishing, cooking, and collecting recipes Sheila enjoys spending time with family, reading, collecting first-edition books, and classic cars.


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