Southern Makers Festival Brings Creators and Crowds from Across Alabama


By Heather VacLav

The best of Alabama's homegrown and handmade were in downtown Montgomery Saturday afternoon for the first ever Southern Makers Festival.

More than one thousand people got to see what people are creating in Alabama. The state's best artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, and designers set up nearly 100 booths and displays inside the Union Station Train Shed.

Guests got to enjoy tastings from the state's renowned restaurants using fresh and local ingredients. There were also demonstrations and workshops from different businesses across the state, including sewing, cheese-making and the history of Alabama.

All of Southern Makers proceeds will benefit EAT South, a local non-profit organization dedicated to children's education, sustainable food production and healthy lifestyles. EAT South has two urban farms in Montgomery, one downtown the other at Hampstead.

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