The inaugural Southern Makers event is announced for Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Union Station Train Shed in Downtown Montgomery. An evolution of 2012's successful Alabama All Star Food Festival, the highly-curated, onedayevent will celebrate creativity and innovation in Alabama by bringing together legendary talent –artists, chefs, craftspeople, farmers, brewers, purveyors, designers and musicians – for one fantastic gathering. Adventurers will experience Alabama's best in a matter of hours and explore the contemporary side of Alabama's heritage through maker conversations, tasting's, demonstrations, workshops and accurate market bazaar featuring goods from Alabama's top makers. Created and curated by Goodwyn,Mills and Cawood, Matter and E.A.T. South, all proceeds from Southern Makers will benefit E.A.T. South,a non-profit organization that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast.
Event goers are invited to celebrate Southern Makers along the Alabama River in the heart of Alabama's reemerging capital city. Guests can meet their favorite makers from the Gulf Coast to North Alabama,enjoy tasting's from renowned chefs using locally-sourced ingredients, purchase handcrafted goods from their favorite artisans, sew with Alabama Chanin, learn to make beer with Fairview Homebrew, forage with Chris Bennett, make goat cheese with Belle Chèvre, shop at the Billy Reid Pop-Up, listen to live music from Tim Lee 3 and The Pollies, watch as a special guest judges choose the area's tastiest barbeque sauceat the Alabama BBQ Sauce-Off and much more. Meanwhile, a moderated "Alabama: Past, Present, Future" Conversation Series will take place inside the lobby of the historic Montgomery Visitor Center with a new panel discussion every hour on the hour. There, locals and visitors alike can learn firsthand how the state's best in handmade and homegrown are taking southern traditions in architecture, food, fashion and design and applying them in a modern, sustainable world.
Discounted pre-sale tickets are available now at www.southernmakers.com and at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Museum Store for $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 10 to 15 (no charge for children under 10.) Tickets will also be available first come, first served at the gate for $20 per adult and $10 for children ages 10 to 15. Credit cards will be accepted for admission. Guests are encouraged to bring cash for artist purchases at the Southern Makers Market or Silent Auction. An ATM at Wells Fargo Bank will also be available for convenient access on-site. Accommodations for out-of-town Southern Makers attendees are available directly across from the event venue in Downtown Montgomery at the Renaissance
Montgomery Hotel & Spa (guests should ask for the Southern Makers guest rate upon booking.) Free parking lots and decks are available nearby.
For event details and tickets visit www.southernmakers.com and like the Southern Makers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southernmakers. For media inquiries or sponsorship opportunities please email Tiffany Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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