This holiday season, Homewood’s Community Grief Support (CGS) is giving family and friends the opportunity to celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. At at time when so many are facing grief due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant losses, Homewood and greater Birmingham can come together in hope and healing.

The Tree of Lights memorial will shine brightly on the corner of Oxmoor Road and Central Ave in Homewood’s Central Park. Each light of the 12-foot holiday tree will honor those we have loved and lost. 


The Junior Board of Community Grief Support will host their 4th Annual “Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival” on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Back Forty Birmingham.

More than 5,000 have attended in the past and more than $60,000 has been raised! The Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Fest is part competition, part celebration of the south’s favorite comfort food, and an important fundraiser for CGS. We look forward to having you join us this year!

We will have live music, activities and games for kids, plenty of food and beverages to enjoy, and some friendly mac and cheese competition of course! Pets are welcome, too. It will be fun for the whole family! You can buy your tickets now at macfestbhm.eventbrite.com. $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Day of tickets will be $20. So get them early!

(For more information on becoming a vendor or sponsor for 2021, visit macfestbhm.com or contact Callie Eldredge at 205/870-8667 or email macfestbhm@gmail.com. Vendor and sponsor spots fill up quickly.)

Former Vendors included:

Eat the Batter by Phylicia
Eugene’s Hot Chicken
Irondale Café/Fried Green Tomatoes
Katie’s Plates
Little Savannah
Panera
Panoptic Catering
The Southern Kitchen and Bar
Fetch: A Treat Truck for Dogs
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Cheesecake Empori-yum
Cheezin Food Truck
Dr. BBQ
Iron City Grill
Newk’s
Nothing But Noodles
Swamp Monster BBQ
John’s City Diner
California Pizza Kitchen
Sol’s Sandwich Shop and Deli
Sky Castle Birmingham
Sherry’s Café, Cakes, & Catering
Ivory LeShore’s Gourmet Bread Pudding & Cheesecake
Simply Infused Olive Oil Shop
Joel’s Southern Cooking
Carlile’s Barbecue
Brick & Tin
Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

For information about becoming a vendor or sponsor for 2021, call Callie Eldredge at 205/870-8667. Vendor and sponsor spots fill up quickly.

Previous photos of “Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival”
Click the thumbnails below to see photos (Photos by Catherine Pittman Smith)