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Save the Date for Cahaba River Fry-Down 2022!

When: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022, noon-4pm

Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave South Building C, Birmingham, Alabama 35222

Ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities, and more coming soon!

The Cahaba River Fry-Down is a celebration of the Cahaba River – our region’s primary drinking water source and a treasure trove of biological diversity. The principal fundraiser for the Cahaba River Society, Fry-Down is a traditionally a competitive cook-off surrounded by a party featuring  fun for all ages with a carnival-like atmosphere that hosts live music, delicious food, our Cahaba River Adventure area, a climbing wall, games for all ages, prizes, wildlife experiences, a beer garden and more!

Celebrate with us as we raise awareness on the importance of the Cahaba River and party in celebration of all that river provides for this community, state & country!


Cahaba River Fry-Down Cook Team Competitors Food Festival BIrminghamWe call it a fish fry-off, but teams are encouraged to prepare the their fish dish in any way they choose. Guests have enjoyed fish cold-smoked, grilled, sautéed – lots of creative and varied presentations. Corporate and community team creations are evaluated by a panel of high-profile judges.

The Fry-Down is gaining a reputation as a community culinary event, and a great addition to Birmingham’s dynamic food scene. It is unique in that there are no other area events including team catfish competition and crowd tasting. Attendees are encouraged to sample all offerings and vote for Crowd Favorite.  A team of celebrity judges evaluates each dish and scores it in various categories.

Culinary competitors usually compete for the following awards:

BEST SIDE-DISH: (Best Side-kick): Every amazing hero needs an awesome side-kick!

MOST CREATIVE: (Fish with an Attitude): Give us more than U-12 Boiled Shrimp Cocktail on-ice with a cup of cocktail sauce just made from ketchup and horseradish. Get creative! Do something that tells us who you are and what a community fish fry means to your team.

BEST PRESENTATION: (Best Dressed): This one includes everything about your team – your team name, your secret weapon, even your team “uniforms,” hats, and the presentation of your plated food. Have fun, and we bet this one will influence People’s Choice as well!

BEST OVERALL: (Baddest Fish in the River): This one combines Best Presentation with Best Flavor. You need to look good and taste good!

KEN BOWEN TEAM SPIRIT AWARD: We’ve got spirit, yes we do! Show us your team spirit!

MISS CONGENIALITY: Southern Hospitality is our trademark. Show ‘em you’re the host with the most!

CHAMPION OF THE CAHABA: This award goes to the team that rises to the challenge and helps support our work by raising financial support by encouraging friends, family and community to support their team through their personalized fundraising pages on the frydown/swellgives.com website. Each team captain will have a personalized team page to send out to their community and the team that raises the most money by Fry-Down wins this coveted award! So set a goal and reach for the stars!


Event Details



Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Ave S Building C
Birmingham, AL 35222 United States
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