West Alabama Food & Wine Festival Returns for 10th Year in New Location
The annual West Alabama Food and Wine Festival will return for its tenth year this month in a new home on the other side of the Black Warrior River.
The event, the region's premiere culinary event, has been held for the last five years at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket but will be moved outdoors to Downtown Northport for the 2023 edition to accommodate its growth.
The Festival is planned for Sunday, April 30th, and is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
“We are very excited about moving the festival to downtown Northport this year,” said WVUA 23's Amy Martin, who serves as co-chair of the West Alabama Food and Wine Festival Board of Directors. “Main Avenue is the perfect backdrop for our festival, especially since our festival is growing every year. Because we moved into an outdoor space, we decided to add food trucks in addition to over 40 West Alabama vendors that will be participating. We are looking forward to bringing a festival like this to Northport.”
The event promises small but decadent dishes from dozens of the area's best restaurants along with beer, wine and Clyde May’s whiskey and live music.
Proceeds from the Festival will once again benefit the West Alabama Food Bank, which distributes food in a nine-county region to alleviate hunger in the area.
“We are so excited to partner with WAFB for the second year,” said Debbie Sanford Metz, co-chair of the West Alabama Food and Wine Festival Board of Directors and vice president of Sanford Restaurant Equipment. “It is very important to our organization to keep our proceeds local. We understand what a tremendous service the Food Bank extends to the entire West Alabama area, and in so many more ways than just food distribution. Our Partnership with the WAFB brings them and the local restaurants together in a unique way.”
Discounted "Early Bird" tickets are available for early purchase for $60 until next Friday, April 14th. VIP tickets are also available for $85.
After the cutoff date next week, ticket prices will climb to $75 and $100 respectively. Guests must be 21 with a valid photo ID to attend the Festival.