Author: LA Bikini
Local CuisineTaste of Mountain Brook will wow you with a vast array of culinary delights, and the festival draws on the multi-cultural nature of the region. Restaurants offering samples of their dishes include Davenports Pizza Place, which specializes in pizza and Italian food, plus Grille 29 for some stunning main meals, and the wonderful fare provided by Crestline Bagel Co, a local favorite with many people. Mexican food lovers should take samples from Taco Mama, while Piggly Wiggly will be on hand with a variety of food and drink for you to try. The whole event is deliberately short and sweet, so you can get around without using the full day, yet you will find that it is as enjoyable as any event, with friendly participants and local people involved in the organisation. It’s an opportunity for the restaurants in the town to come together and highlight their specific abilities, and you’ll go away amazed that there are so many fantastic eating places in town.
Kids EntertainmentKids Corner at Taste of Mountain Brook is the place to take the youngsters in the family, and you’ll find a variety of games to play and activities to indulge in that should keep all ages happy. There will also be live music and entertainment during the event, so if you want so sit back, relax and enjoy your samples, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so. The Taste of Mountain Brook festival is an annual delight, and as it’s always a very popular event so we strongly advise you book your tickets early. In fact, booking online gets you an early-bird discount on the ticket price for an individual, so you save $5. On the door price is $30 for one person, $60 for a family of 3 and $75 for a family of four – book online and you save $10 on the family tickets – and we think it is worth every cent for such an innovative event, so put the date in your calendar now.
If you are looking for something new and exciting for the kids to do, we reckon we’ve found the ideal event for you! The Aerobatics Circus Festival, held at Draper on the 30th and 31st of August, 2019, is a two day festival of friendly competitions and workshops, and a chance for young people to learn new skills, meet new people and have fun at the same time. What’s it all about? Let’s have a look in more detail.
The Aerobatics Circus Centre – you’ll find it at 14015 S Minuteman Drive, Draper – is a dedicated facility that caters for novices and experienced aerialists – that’s the term given to the circus act they train – and is unique in the region. Here, you can start by taking part in the workshops for novices, and learn from experienced aerialists the basics.
For newcomers, this is an exciting and very original skill to be learning, and the chance to take part in informative instruction workshops, across the two days, is something that you cannot miss.
The competition aspect of the festival takes place on Saturday, and the newcomers categories are especially designed for complete novices, and are intended to be fun rather than taken too seriously, so don’t be afraid to join in – remember, you’re competing with other novices!
The criteria are as follows:
- For beginners aged 6 to 18 years
- No catch and release tricks, no more than one rotation for silks drops – in other words, just the very basics!
- No more than 150 seconds per routine
- Judged on Character and Artistry, and Form, Execution and Technique – not on difficulty.
Novices can take part in two classes – silks solo, and aerial hoop solo, and rest assured proper training and supervision will be given!
Intermediate and Advanced
For experienced and advanced aerialists the criteria are somewhat different, including an extension of the routine time to 180 seconds, and a requirement to be using the apparatus for 80% of the routine. Also, classes will be split into age groups 6 to 11, and 12 to 18 years. The routine will also be judged on difficulty, as would be expected with the advanced aerialists.
If you are interested in the Aerobatics Circus Festival, and we think it’s an ideal way to introduce young people to fresh new skills, the first workshops take place on the Friday evening, between 6pm and 8pm. Workshops on Saturday are at 9 am to 11 am, with a break and then the competitions from 2 pm in the afternoon.
Being able to perform circus act-style aerial movements may not have appealed to you before, but we recommend you give it a try as it really is something very different! No matter if you have never done it before, or indeed anything of this kind, get in touch with the Aerobatics Circus Center now and book your place. It could be the most refreshing thing you’ve ever done, and it will certainly be a lot of fun!
Moon Pie Eatin’ ContestOne of the highlights of the McCalla Labor Day Celebration is the Pie Eatin’ Contest, a tradition that has been carried through this annual festival for many years. Compete against the clock – and against other people – to eat as many moon pies as you can in the given time, and if you win there are some great prizes! The competition features both adult and children’s classes, too, so the kids can join in and hone their pie eating skills! It’s all great fun, and a reminder of why Labor Day – the last major summertime vacation day – is so special. There is a small admission charge applied to the McCalla Labor Day Celebration, as it takes some organizing to put on an event like this, yet it remains one of the best days out in the Tuscaloosa area for families, and you’re guaranteed to have a fun time.
Explore the Historical State ParkTannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is an important site that played a major part in the Alabama ironwork industry. Today, the site is home to many artifacts relating to the history of the industry, including the remains of the old furnaces, which are a fascinating relic. While you’re visiting the Labor Day Celebration you could take the time to have a look around the park, as it does have a story to tell. Tannehill Furnaces were used to produce metal for guns during the Civil War, and the site is now part of the Civil War trail. The Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama is also within the park, and is certainly worth a visit as it tells the story of the boom of the industry in the region. Of course, you may just want to settle down and enjoy the entertainment, have a snack and spend some family time together, and the McCalla Labor Day Celebration is the perfect day to do so. Don’t forget, if you eat too much, you won’t have space for those moon pies, so get your name down for the Moon Pie Eatin’ Contest now!
If you’re a lover of quality craft beer, you need to get along to the Alabama Craft Beer Festival, to be held in Hoover on the 21st of September, 2019. A showcase for Alabama breweries, the Festival also includes the 2019 Alabama Craft Beer State Championship, a prestigious award that is coveted by all entrants. Craft beer is big business these days and Alabama is home to some of the finest breweries of all, so this is certainly an event that should be in your calendar.
What can you expect to see and do at the Alabama Craft Beer Festival? Well, drink beer of course! There will be other drinks available too – water will be on tap if you don’t want to drink also – but mainly the idea is to sample the craft beers from some of Alabama’s best breweries. There is no other opportunity to sample so many different brews in one place in Alabama, so don’t miss this chance.
Penny Beer Garden
One of the highlights of the Alabama Craft Beer Festival is the ‘Penny Beer Garden’. This is open to general admission ticket holders from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday afternoon. As Alabama state law does not permit the giving away of free samples, you pay one cent per sample when you are inside the Garden. In fact, the Festival invites you to deposit a quarter, and help yourself to 25 samples, so you don’t need to carry a lot of cash! Just remember to be honest!
The many breweries entering the Festival will be aiming to win the grand prize at the State Championship, too. Best of show last year went to Folklore Shadow Caster, and the local brewery also took second prize as well as being awarded Brewmaster of the Year. There are several categories, including American Pale Ales, Ambers, Belgian Beers, Sours and more, so there is plenty for you to sample no matter what your personal taste may be.
Entertainment for All
We should remind you that must be 21 years old or more to attend this event, and the organizers advise that you have you ID ready to prove it in order that they can process the line at the entry point efficiently. This is a popular event, so expect a short wait when you get to enter.
In addition to the craft beer tasting, you will also be able to meet many of the brewers and learn about their craft, which is an interesting introduction to brewing. You will find crowds at the beer tents, but be patient and you’ll enjoy the day.
In fact, you can also enjoy live music at the Alabama Craft Beer Festival, so there is something to enjoy while you wait! You can choose between standard entry and a VIP entry ticket – the latter of which comes with a grab bag including a t-shirt and a invitation to the VIP Lunch – and whichever you choose, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!