On Saturday, September 28 at 1 p.m., Back Forty Beer Company (200 N. 6th Street, Gadsden) will host the Second Annual Front Porch Festival, a celebration of the finest food, craft beer, art and music made in the great state of Alabama.
The Front Porch Festival comes to you thanks to the folks at the Front Porch Revival, an Alabama-based organization promoting artistic culture in the state, and it is sponsored by Wind Creek Hotel and Casino with additional support from Alabama Gulf Seafood and The Fatback Pig Project. The goal of the festival is to get Alabamians more familiar with the cultural renaissance our state is experiencing by introducing them to the amazingly talented people who craft our food, drink, art, music and literature. To take this a step a further, this year's festival will raise funds to aid in the establishment of a scholarship fund to help the state’s next generation of artisans gain opportunities to apprentice in kitchens and workshops across Alabama. By attending, you get to enjoy the crafts of our established artisans while supporting those who will follow in their footsteps.
Due to the wealth of culinary talent that will be in attendance, the quality of food being served is a good place to start when trying to describe what the Front Porch Festival is all about. Saturday's festival will feature tastings from award winning Alabama-based Chefs David Bancroft (Acre Restaurant in Auburn), Brandon Burleson (Voyagers in Perdido Beach), Chris Harrigan (Stones Throw in Mt. Laurel), Leonardo Maurelli (Central Restaurant in Montgomery), Jay Norris (Escape Culinary Studio-Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore), and Wesley True (True Restaurant in Montgomery). These skilled chefs will create Alabama-inspired tasting dishes by using local products such as goat cheese from world-renowned Belle Chevre Creamery (Elkmont), relishes and pickles from Wickles (Dadeville), honey from Eastaboga Bee Company (Lincoln), ice cream from Shirey Ice Cream (Florence), and many more fine food products produced right here in Alabama. If that were somehow not enough to get you salivating, the food portion of the event will end later in the evening with a full blown, Lower Alabama-style shrimp boil.
To accompany all of this fine food, Back Forty Beer will be pouring up their line of hand-crafted Southern ales. In addition to their regular lineup, the brewery will be featuring special "one night only" releases and seasonal offerings that will be available only in the Back Forty taproom. Non-alcoholic refreshment will be provided by Mountain Valley Spring Water. Musical entertainment rounds everything off thanks to Alabama musicians the Dexateens, the Ben Sutton Band, and Festival Expressions.
Tickets for this event are $35 per person (kids 12 and under get in free), and can be purchased by clicking here. Price of admission gets you entry into the event, access to musical entertainment, and includes the food tastings. Beer sales are separate, and make sure to bring your ID. This is an all ages event, and it is rain or shine. Proceeds raised at the Front Porch Festival will go to benefit the scholarship fund mentioned above.
If you are free on Saturday, make plans to head up to Gadsden for a fine, relaxing evening enjoying some of the best food, drink, and music available in Alabama. More importantly, use this opportunity to get to know the people who fuel our state's diverse culture. Together we can all make a huge impact on each other's lives by eating, drinking, and supporting local. Prost!