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The Alabama Tourism Department Presents the Art of Alabama Food

August 16, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Alabama Tourism Department brings The Art of Alabama Food, a traveling exhibit that complements the free “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” mobile app, to the new Court Street Market in downtown Florence Aug. 15 through Sept. 6, 2014.

Art of Alabama Food exhibit

The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and on Sundays from 2-5 p.m.

Thirty-six images selected from the Alabama Tourism Department’s brochure “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” will entice guests and inform them about some of Alabama’s best local restaurants. Guests will also be invited to download the free mobile app in order to browse the complete list of 100 Dishes. The mobile app takes consumers on a culinary road trip through the state and features Alabama’s most memorable and iconic dishes, restaurants and overall food experiences.

“With a large pool of culinary talent and innovative restaurants, it’s an exciting time for Alabama food,” says Alabama Tourism Department director Lee Sentell. “We want to share a taste of that with travelers to Alabama and invite them to take a road trip to experience our unique food culture for themselves.”

The exhibit’s Florence debut coincides with Billy Reid’s Shindig, happening the same weekend in downtown Florence. A VIP preview party for The Art of Alabama Food exhibit will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 6-9 p.m. to benefit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Tickets for the reception are $75 per person and are available by calling 256-740-4141.

The exhibit features images from photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner. For more information on The Art of Alabama Food, visit or follow the hashtag #AlabamaFood on social media.

The Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) helps ensure that Alabama’s economy gains maximum benefits from tourism. More than 24 million travelers spent a combined total of $11 billion in the state in 2013, supporting the jobs of more than 163,000 Alabamians. The agency was created in October 1951 by legislative act to promote travel to and through Alabama. It does this both nationally and internationally. ATD is funded by one-fourth of the 4 percent state lodgings tax collected by hotels, motels, campgrounds and other accommodations.

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