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It’s that time of year, Birmingham–the time to celebrate one of our favorite neighborhoods, Five Points South! The Taste of Five Points event is happening Sunday, September 8 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the heart of Five Points at 2100 Magnolia Ave. S. With food, drink, music and more, the event draws hundreds of people each year–see what all the hype is about and get your tickets here.
Eat and drink
Taste of Five Points is providing samples from the best restaurants in the neighborhood. Enjoy bite-sized morsels from delicious eateries til your heart’s content. There are more than twenty restaurants participating–a list is below:
- 5 Point Public House & Oyster Bar
- Bay Leaf Authentic Indian Cuisine
- Black Market Bar & Grill
- Brennan’s Irish Pub
- Dreamland Bar-B-Que
- Filter Coffee Parlor
- Freddy’s Wine Bar
- Galley & Garden
- Golden Temple
- Insomnia Cookies
- Iron City Pizza Co.
- Jim N Nick’s BBQ
- Jimmy John’s
- Little Italy
- Mellow Mushroom
- New China Town
- Sleek Sports Bar
- Taj India
- The Woolworth
You can get your drink on during the event as well–beer, wine and cocktails will be served. Every ticket purchased comes with two drink tickets. Cheers!
Take a look
Did you know that there are more than 30 retailers in Five Points South? Several of them will be showcasing their wares and offering deals during the event. A list of retailers can be found here.
You can also check out plans for the revitalization of Brother Bryan Park and other neighborhood improvements at Taste of Five Points. It’s always nice to be the first to know.
Listen to some storytelling
Interested in the art and entertainment that the neighborhood has to offer? Taste of Five Points has that as well. Singer/songwriters will be performing their tunes as part of Taste of Five Points’ storytelling competition, and it’s up to the audience to choose the winner–the “Five Points Star”. There are seven finalists in the running to receive $500. Get a preview of the artists here.
Writing groups from the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop and Real Life Poets will also be on stage. “We are so happy to see the return of these talented writers from Ada Long and Real Life Poets to coincide with Singer/Songwriters for the Five Point Star, adding to the artistry offered in Five Points South in the Heart of Birmingham,” said Joe Babin, Five Points Alliance secretary and owner/operator of Orbit Salon.
Buy your tickets to Taste of Five Points by visiting this link. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (student tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door). Kids 12 and under are FREE.
Support a worthy cause
Proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit that is making a positive impact on Birmingham youth. John Boone, Orchestra Partners principal, shared his experience as a volunteer:
“I started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters in early 2017, when I moved back to Five Points South. I’d heard that their greatest need was male mentors, and that the time commitment was minimal for the impact that I could have. When I interviewed, they asked what type of Little Brother I’d like to be paired with. I told them ‘Whoever needs me the most,’ and immediately the staff knew I should mentor a guy named Ja’Onnie.
He had been on the list for months, and his best friend kept calling the staff and asking if he had a Big yet. Since then, Ja’Onnie and I have gone on countless adventures in the Birmingham area. We’ve scouted new swimming holes, I drove him around Talladega on race weekend, we saw the 2017 National Championship victory parade in Tuscaloosa, and we sometimes end our day with a feisty game of basketball at Park Place downtown or the Highland/Chez parking lot behind my apartment.
What I’ve learned most from BBBS is how big of an impact one person can have on another. I’m a better person for having known him, and I know I’ve helped him grow through a volatile time, a time when young men are regularly tempted and confronted with realities I never faced growing up. Most importantly, I know that our impact on each other radiates to other people in unseen ways, and for anyone reading this (especially men), I want you to know that I value my time more than anything else and I’m pleased to have invested some of it with my Little Brother.”John Boone
About Five Points Alliance
The Taste of Five Points event is made possible by the folks with Five Points Alliance, a group that is dedicated to enriching the vibrancy of Five Points South, by unifying, enhancing, and promoting the area as the city’s premier neighborhood and culinary destination.
Five Points Alliance Members:
- Steve Alexander, C. Stephen Alexander, P.C.
- George Reis, Ocean, 5 Points Public House
- John Boone, Orchestra Partners
- Joe Babin, Orbit Salon
- Bill Stoeffhaas, Style Advertising
- Sheila Chaffin, Hassinger Daniels Mansion Bed and Breakfast
- Danny Jones, 5 Points Resident
- Brian Templeton, UAB
- Stephen Foster, Neighborhood President
- Ace Graham, Alchemy
- James Little, Filter-Coffee Parlor
- Victoria Hollis, 5 Points Resident
Learn more at www.fivepointsbham.com/alliance.
We’ll see you at the event September 8!