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If anyone knows how to throw a safe party during a pandemic, it’s the good people at AIDS Alabama. For their Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival Saturday, July 18 at Cahaba Brewing, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a good time eating delicious food while supporting a great cause. Keep reading to find out why you don’t want to miss this reinvented Birmingham summer tradition.
1. AIDS Alabama has a long tradition of bringing people together over good food for a great cause
AIDS Alabama loves to bring people together over food. Why? Because everybody loves to eat, and in Birmingham, we have so many great places to enjoy delicious offerings.
For years, the annual Funky Food Truck Festival and the Cahaba Brewing Company have gone together like summer ‘maters and white bread sandwiches.
Food trucks would hang out together in the parking lot like friends who hadn’t gotten together for far too long.
Local vendors would hawk their wares, adding personality and creativity to the event. You could find fancy soaps, handmade jewelry, art and even the occasional adorable and adoptable furry friend.
This year, they had to get creative to keep that spirit alive.
2. Since they exist to serve immunocompromised people, AIDS Alabama reinvented tradition to keep everybody safe
In case you didn’t know, HIV/AIDS stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and it took the world by storm in the ‘80s similar to what we’re experiencing with COVID now.
The advantage of working with a population that’s not new to global pandemics is that they’re already used to thinking of the health and well-being of everyone. And they’re really good at finding creative new ways to have fun in the meantime.
Here’s what they’re doing:
- Decreasing the number of trucks at Cahaba Brewing
- Two separate shifts for trucks: 12PM-5PM + 5PM-10PM
- No vendors this year
- Markers to help maintain social distancing
- Hand sanitizing stations at Cahaba Brewing
- Mandatory face coverings except when you’re eating or drinking (per Jefferson County’s order)
“It’s important to understand that while we want everyone to have a fun and funky good time while we raise needed funds for AIDS Alabama, the health of all event goers, our staff and volunteers, and the staff at Cahaba Brewing Company is paramount.”Caroline Bundy, AIDS Alabama
So get ready to break out your most fashionable mask and make sure to do the weird elbow-bump when you see friends you really haven’t seen in ages.
3. Cahaba Brewing will still host the festival
“We owe so much to our long-time supporter and venue, Cahaba Brewing, who will be hosting us on Saturday, July 18 from noon ‘till 10PM ”Caroline Bundy
4. Choose your favorite food trucks + visit them at Cahaba Brewing on Saturday, July 18
You’ll find multiple food trucks at Cahaba Brewing on the day of the Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival. Check here for updates.
5. Enjoy the funk and support AIDS Alabama
Imagine being a nonprofit right now, where all the things you normally do to keep your awesome programs going have had to be postponed. There are a few easy ways you can donate:
- Enjoy visiting old favorites or trying new vendors, knowing each truck is donating a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Alabama.
- Text “FUNKY” to 41444 to donate directly. Suggested donation $5.
- Donate in advance online.
Finally, if you’re the type of person who likes to know even more about all the amazing work AIDS Alabama is doing in our community before you contribute, check out these stories we’ve written before:
- A day in the life of an AIDS Alabama social worker—how you can give now
- 7 ways you can help the Latinx community in Birmingham
- Help raise $1m to build The Way Station, Birmingham’s only shelter for homeless youth
Now tell us, Birmingham, which food trucks are you most excited about visiting? Let AIDS Alabama know you’re coming + tag us on social @bhamnow and let us know.