BIRMINGHAM, AL –  New York City’s popular Big Gay Ice Cream truck is headed to Birmingham on a tour through five Southern states, it was announced in a media release this afternoon.

Big Gay Ice Cream is teaming up with the Southern Foodways Alliance for its first-ever ice cream truck tour of the South, which begins Saturday, Oct. 18, in Raleigh, N.C., and ends Saturday, Oct. 25, at the SFA’s 17th annual symposium in Oxford, Miss.

The ice cream truck will be in Birmingham on Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to the media release. It is scheduled to be parked outside Highlands Bar and Grill in Five Points South between 3 and 10 p.m. that day.

The theme for this year’s SFA symposium is, “Who is Welcome at the Welcome Table?,” and it marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which desegregated places of public accommodation, including restaurants.

This year’s symposium “takes a deep dive into the present, focusing on who is welcome at the contemporary welcome table, asking questions about inclusion and exclusion in the modern South, while taking into account old and new imperatives like ethnicity, sexuality, diet, class, gender and race,” the SFA said in today’s release.

This year is also the fifth anniversary of Big Gay Ice Cream, which began as a seasonal food truck in New York City in 2009 and has since grown to include ice cream shops in NYC’s East Village and the West Village. Additional shops are scheduled to open in Los Angeles and Philadelphia by the end of this year.

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