Wine & Beer Tasting Festival

The Ross Bridge community is planning a wine and beer tasting festival in conjunction with the third annual Arts & Music on the Green on Oct. 25.

Uncorked! on the Green will offer samples of boutique wines, specialty beers, cooking demonstrations, food and beverage vendors and live music, said event organizer Audrey Alverson.

It will be on the green on Grand Avenue, across the street from the Arts & Music festival.

Alverson’s company, Classic Events, is organizing the two festivals for Ross Bridge developer Daniel Corp. Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

“With this new event tacking on to Arts & Music on the Green, we’re already assured of a good crowd that’s already there,” Alverson said. “We’re right there in the middle of Ross Bridge, which is such a distinctive community. It’s just going to be a perfect backdrop for that type event.”

The Hoover City Council approved a request last week for permission to sell beer and wine at the event.

Alverson said she did not yet have a list of wines, beers and vendors that will be available, but she hopes to include wines from the Alabama Wine Trail and other Southern wineries and beers from Southern microbreweries.

Samples will be free, but vendors also will have their products for sale, Alverson said.

Chefs from the metro area will hold cooking demonstrations and explain how to pair favorite recipes with wines and beers, she said. The live music is expected to be mostly smooth jazz, she said.
Uncorked! on the Green will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with a 6 p.m. movie presentation.

Alverson said Brookwood Medical Center will be the title sponsor of Arts & Music on the Green. The sponsorship will help enable the awarding of cash prizes to artists for the first time in the event’s history. The prize for “Best in Show” will be $500, Alverson said.
The Hoover Arts Alliance is also a sponsor. Alverson said the festival hopes to have 50-60 artists this year, up from the 35 who participated last year.

Arts & Music on the Green will include children’s activities and live music all day.

Wine and beer tasting festival WHERE: In the field on Grand Avenue at Ross Bridge WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 a.m. and ending with a movie presentation at 6 p.m. MORE: It will be in conjunction with the third annual Arts & Music on the Green, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of Town Hall. For more information, call 680-5372 or visit