Don’t Miss: Southern Makers 2014

LEAN-SMakers-Strawberries2If you’re interested in a return to real food grown naturally and prepared by perfectionists; if you want to know more about living off the land while respecting it; if handmade anything gets you going, then Southern Makers is for you. This curated event is happening on May 3 at the Union Station Train Shed in downtown Montgomery and brings together creatives and producers of all kinds, celebrating Alabama’s most talented chefs, artists, craftspeople, brewers, farmers and LEAN-SMakers-eventpicdesigners in a hands-on, truly experiential way. Tour the entire state and taste what the hottest chefs are doing with area farmers’ products. Sample the passion being poured into every bottle of beer coming out of Alabama’s burgeoning breweries. Learn how to sew or to keep your own bees, and take home a piece of contemporary furniture made from antique wood or jewelry fashioned from forgotten bits and pieces. Basically, discover all the cool things being made in our great state, meet the folks making them and learn how you can become a part of the “makers” movement.

The event coordinators have assembled an impressive group of Alabama makers including Alabama Chanin founder Natalie Chanin, letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Tasia Malakaisis of Belle Chevre fromagerie, Back Forty Beer, Chef David Bancroft, Chef Wesley True, Wickles Pickles, Hues Jewelry, Zanko Socks, Naturally Rad soaps and lotions, metal worker John Phillips, Whippoorwhill Vineyards and many, many more.


Southern Makers also offers several workshops, including a foraging workshop, one on urban beekeeping, one on home brewing and an Alabama Chanin workshop. The list of things to learn, people to meet, music to hear, delights to eat and drink and cool products to buy is a long one, so head over to for full details and to get your tickets before they’re gone.

If you were not able to make it to the 2014 Southern Makers event, then check out LEAN’s Facebook photo album to see what you missed.