By Josh Wilson
The “When Pigs Fly” Kosher BBQ Cook-Off will be a primary feature of this year’s Jewish Food and Culture Fest, but not the only one.
The festival, being held Sept. 8 at the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham, also will offer a variety of foods, games and educational activities to Jewish and non-Jewish residents alike. Children also will be able to visit the Kid Zone, which features inflatables and obstacle courses.
The Friedman Family Foundation sponsors the event, which is free to the public.
Now in its second year, the festival gives attendees the chance to celebrate and learn about the rich traditions of the Jewish community – not least of all the food, which tends to bring individuals from all differing backgrounds and worldviews together.
Barbecue enthusiasts and chefs from across the Southeast will gather for the cook-off, which offers a monetary prize for the best brisket, chicken and beans, among other dishes. Awards also will be given for best booth décor and most creative team name.
Festivalgoers may sample an array of BBQ and smoked meats prepared by teams in the cook-off. Cash, chec, and credit will all be accepted as payment.
Another food-related focus of the festival is an emphasis on Jewish recipes that have been preserved by families for generations. Several combo platters will be offered that include kosher meats, sides and salads, including a whitefish salad for those looking for a non-barbecue option and a hot dog meal for the kids. Several traditional Jewish desserts also will be featured at the festival.
Along with its emphasis on traditional Jewish foods, the Jewish Food and Culture festival will be highlighting the 71st anniversary of the nation of Israel’s birth.
The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the soccer field by the Levite Jewish Community Center. It will be inside the community center in the case of rain.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the co-hosting organizations, which include Birmingham Jewish Federation, Levite Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Chabad of Alabama, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School and the Knesseth Israel Congregation.