Breakin’ Bread at Pepper Place on Oct. 14th is a feast-ivity you can’t miss with Southern food, locally made crafts and Birmingham community


With homegrown, local ingredients, Breakin’ Bread offers a taste of all that Birmingham has to offer. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

On Sunday, Oct. 14, a host of local restaurants will descend upon Pepper Place for Alabama’s premier food, wine and beer festival. That’s right, folks – it’s time for the 16th annual Breakin’ Bread. Returning to its original home of Pepper Place, the festival, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, will offer divine taste testing, delicious drinks and the all-new Buffalo Rock Makers’ Market featuring handmade art and creations from southern craftsman. 

What is Breakin’ Bread?

Revolve Kitchen & Brew showcased their classic Reuben. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Since 2002, the Birmingham Originals have been hosting Breakin’ Bread as a way to showcase the talent of Birmingham’s best restaurants. It is an afternoon that shows our city just how much we support it and want to keep it local. Breakin’ Bread is all about the Birmingham community while also displaying the city’s food, culture, musical entertainment, regional crafts and so much more.

Who are the Birmingham Originals?

Homewood Gourmet shares their Crawfish Boudin. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

With the dream of making Birmingham a better home for all, the Birmingham Originals are a conglomerate of Birmingham’s providers and supporters of the restaurant community who come together to celebrate the city’s culinary hub of food and hospitality. Not only do the Birmingham Originals want to present the best food and drinks that Birmingham has to offer, they also truly want to help improve Birmingham; the proceeds from Breakin’ Bread will benefit the Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s paid internship at Woodlawn High School. By hosting this event, the Birmingham Originals create a space for multitudes of local restaurants to reveal a glimpse of all the regional flavors and styles they have to offer in one afternoon.

Chris Zapalowski, President of the Birmingham Originals, said “Breakin’ Bread is truly a highlight of our year – a chance for Birmingham residents and the Birmingham Originals restaurants to come together and celebrate a shared love of local and an appreciation for good food.”

New Spotlight: Buffalo Rock Makers’ Market

Excited to present the Buffalo Rock Makers’ Market, Breakin’ Bread will also be hosting regional artists and makers such as the Biscuit Leather Company. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Featuring southern craftsmen, this artistic bazaar brings a wide selection of artists from all around the region to present and share their craft with Birmingham. It’s difficult to imagine missing out on the creativity of the region in this captivating environment of so many creators.

Who does the event benefit?

Throughout the school day, Woodlawn High School students take care of the plants they are growing while also learning about them. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Since 2002, Breakin’ Bread has donated $125,000 to local charities supporting children and families in the Birmingham community. This year, Breakin’ Bread will once again benefit Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s paid internship at Woodlawn High School.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Founded in 2016, this two-acre farm has been built for and managed by high school students. With the remarkable opportunity to work with a state of the art greenhouse, a bio-retention pond and so much more, the students eventually sell their produce at a Farm Stand, providing the Birmingham community with more home grown produce. In addition to all the other great advantages of this program, students are highly encouraged to apply for the apprenticeship program, which hires two full-time students as employees. Breakin’ Bread is truly supporting the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in their industry.

Last year, thirteen students graduated from the JVTF’s Internship Program. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Amanda Storey, Executive Director of Jones Valley Teaching Farm, said, “We are proud of our continued partnership with Breakin’ Bread. This is such a great event for our organization as we work to build recognition in our community and spread our mission throughout Birmingham.”

Breakin’ Bread Details

“We are anticipating the biggest celebration of local yet.” – Chris Zapalowski (President of Birmingham Originals Board of Directors). Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Mark your calendars for October 14 to experience a feast supporting Birmingham’s own with entertainment and fun for the whole family. Breakin’ Bread is sure to be a fun and food-filled afternoon celebrating a love of local. Don’t delay on getting tickets either- this event does sell out.  

Location: 2829 Second Ave. S.

Birmingham, AL 35233

Time: October 14; 1 – 5 p.m.

VIP: $99 (Unlimited food sampling and unlimited drinks, exclusive lounge area, early entrance to the event at 12:30 p.m.)
General: $35 (Unlimited food sampling, two drink tickets for wine, beer, and the featured vodka cocktail)
Children: Under 12 are free with a ticketed adult (Unlimited food sampling, non-alcoholic beverages and the children’s area)

Don’t miss out on all the feast-ivities. Photo provided by Breakin’ Bread

Red Diamond Main Stage

    • 1 p.m. Todd Coder Duo
    • 2:15 p.m. Taylor Hunnicut
    • 3:30 p.m. Alvin Garrett

Restaurant Participants

    • 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar
    • Avo
    • Avondale Common House
    • Bellini’s
    • Bettola
    • Bistro V
    • Blueprint on 3rd
    • The Bright Star
    • Cantina
    • Continental Bakery/ Chez Lulu
    • dg
    • El ZunZun
    • FoodBar
    • Homewood Gourmet
    • Hot and Hot Fish Club
    • The J. Clyde
    • Jackson’s Bar & Bistro
    • JoJo’s on Broadway
    • Little Savannah
    • MaFIAoZA’s
    • Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila
    • Nabeel’s Cafe & Market
    • Ocean
    • Ovenbird
    • Revolve Kitchen & Brew
    • Satterfield’s Restaurant
    • Sky Castle
    • Slice Pizza & Brewhouse
    • Sol’s Sandwich Shop and Deli
    • Ted’s Restaurant
    • Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato
    • Vino
    • The Wine Loft

Buffalo Rock Makers’ Market Vendors

    • Thrive Clay Studios
    • Sarah Mason Art
    • Ecam Candle Company
    • Alasaw
    • Tom Beckbe
    • Brooks Barrow
    • Stately Made
    • Earthborn Poetry
    • Left Hand Soap Company
    • Digs Design
    • Dayspring Dairy
    • Grace Gallery   

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