Best of Nature + Local Art and Food: Why You Shouldn’t Miss the 2014 Moss Rock Festival

The 9th annual Moss Rock Festival will take place this year on November 1st and 2nd at The Preserve in Hoover. Visitors will have a chance to explore nature, eco ideas, art + design and much more at Alabama’s premier eco-creative festival.

The Moss Rock Festival takes place each year within an idyllic neighborhood setting adjacent to Hoover’s own 350 acre Moss Rock Preserve. Set among a backdrop of autumn’s vibrant colors, Moss Rock serves as an ideal location for the estimated 17,000 visitors to experience the festival’s renowned innovation, imagination, and creative fun.

At the forefront of the festival is unique artwork inspired by nature from close to 100 exhibiting artists. This year’s Eco District and Design booths will be intermingled among the artists’ creations and are full of imaginative ideas focused around sustainability and green living concepts.

“Visitors can discover the benefits of having beautiful art in their own home and work environments and how that makes for engaging surroundings and a better quality of life,” says Alex Kunzman, Co-Director of the Moss Rock Festival. “We hope people will leave with at least one great piece from the 100 exhibiting artists at the festival.”

Moss Rock PatronsIn addition, eco-design and function will be on display at the festival’s Eco:Drive area. Visitors can explore green vehicles on-site and learn why and how the latest fuel-efficient cars are saving consumers more money at pump than ever before. This year’s SmartLIVING Market has doubled in size and will offer guests a chance to enjoy items such as fresh pasta made from local ingredients, all natural soaps, artisanal teas, goat cheese, organic dog bones, and more.

“We want patrons to be entertained, make connections, and have fun at the festival, while also being exposed in a disarming way to those topics that affect our world, future and community,” explains Kunzman. “It’s all about planting those seeds that will grow into a better future for all of us.”

New along the greenway this year is the festival’s Smart Stage which will spotlight fun, informative micro bursts of programming. Topics will include healthier cooking, juicing, essential oils, home energy efficiency, remote travel expeditions, health & nutrition, exercise and more.

The popular Nature of Cakes expo and tasting has evolved this year into a new tasting treat for visitors. Located at the Town Hall, The Sweetery will present a diverse display of sweet treats and baked goods, all of which will be available for guests to sample and enjoy. For an altogether different type of tasting, the festival’s annual Beer Garden will offer visitors the opportunity to sample craft beers from a range of Alabama breweries. Guests can also enjoy select wines alongside tasty bites and informative Beer Talks. Visitors 21-years and older must purchases special tickets for this event. Visitors can also enjoy lounging on the site’s Village Green while listening to the live music of local talent all weekend.

Children can explore the nature inspired WonderKid Studios where engaging, educational and creative projects will keep all ages having fun making art and appreciating our planet at the same time. “WonderKid Studios gives little ones a chance to put their boundless imagination to work in artistic projects,” says Kunzman. “They’ll learn things about nature, sustainability, and the environment they can carry into adulthood. Plus, they get to leave with a wonderful work of art they made with their own two hands.”

The Moss Rock Festival is also a terrific opportunity to get enjoy hiking or bike riding on miles of trails within the 350 acre Moss Rock Preserve. Cahaba Cycles will be taking a family-friendly ride through the neighborhood twice daily at 10am & 2pm. Visitors choosing to bicycle to the festival can also have valet their bikes.

“Moss Rock Festival provides a view through its eco-creative lens into important sustainability issues that touch our lives,” says Kunzman. “We hope patrons leave this year’s festival with great connections, creative ideas, and new ways they can be more sustainable in their daily lives.”

Be sure to stop by and visit with My Green Birmingham at our booth and take home a FREE Long Leaf Pine tree for planting! We’re giving away hundreds of tree seedlings this weekend to encourage a more scenic and healthy environment. Fall is the perfect time to plant a tree, and we want you to #GetRootedBham.

Festival hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Parking, shuttle, and collections for electronics recycling will take place at the Hoover Met. For all the details, please visit www.mossrockfestival.com or call 205-595-6306.

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