The food world converges on Birmingham for an Alabama Feast

Chefs, cookbook authors, food writers and media influencers will gather in Birmingham this weekend for the 43rd International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference: An Alabama Feast, a three-day food adventure that will feature an opening-night street party, a bar crawl, cooking demos and table talks from some of the country’s top tastemakers.

This will be the first time the IACP has held its annual conference in Birmingham. Among the previous host cities are New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Portland and Seattle.

Many of the IACP 43 events will take place in and around Pepper Place and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The conference runs from Friday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 24.

Ticket platforms include conference passes good for the entire weekend, single-day passes, and individual tickets for specific events. For a complete schedule with times, locations and ticket information, go here.

Here are some, but not all,

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