Slice Pizza & Brewhouse owners Jason, Chris and Jeff Bajalieh launched Slice Fest as a first anniversary celebration to thank the Birmingham community for its support. “It turned into a monster of its own,” Jason says.
This annual event has grown to a full-blown festival bringing in local and regional music talent paired with local craft beer and specialty pizzas. Slice Fest 2015 was among the ‘can’t miss’ music festivals in the region, with a sold-out crowd of thousands.
The Bajaliehs worked with the city to shut down the street in front of the pizzeria, making Slice Fest 2015 truly a block-party event. “I think the city realizes that it’s not just ‘hey can we close the street down to have a party,’” Jason says. “It’s got really good causes.”
The event raised more than $18,000 last year for various Birmingham organizations. A highlight for the Bajalieh brothers was granting a little girl’s wish on stage at Slice Fest through Make-A-Wish Foundation.