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The Cahaba River Fry-Down Features an Explosion of Alabama Flavor

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 Cahaba River Society,

Fry-Down is a competitive cook-off surrounded by a party! The goals of this fun, unique event are to

build more support for Cahaba conservation, explore the relationship between water quality, habitat,

and drinking water, and build new partnershipsto sustain our work to ensure a healthy future for the river.



We call it a fish fry-off, but teams are encouraged to prepare the catfish 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 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.

Other awards include Most Creative, Best Presentation, Ken Bowen Team Spirit Award,

Best Side Dish, Miss Congeniality, and more.



A Beer Garden where folks can purchase local craft brews and specialty cocktails

Live music

Games for all ages – educational and otherwise – including a climbing wall, face painters, balloon artists, crawling critters, & so much more!!!

See Comedienne Joy's take on the 2016 Fry-Down:

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