Uncorked on the Green: A Gourmet Beer, Wine, and Culinary Experience: Saturday, October 25, on The Green at Ross Bridge in Hoover, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Held in conjunction with Arts & Music on the Green, Uncorked on the Green is a premier outdoor juried art festival celebrating the area's varied culinary artists along with fine wines and boutique beers from local breweries. Guests may view cooking demonstrations, sample foods prepared by the area's top chefs as they showcase their favorite wine-infused recipes, and enjoy mini seminars like "Tasting 101", "Build Your Own Wine Cellar", and "Micro-Beer for Dummies". The evening will conclude with a free screening of the critically acclaimed film, "Bottle Shock". Admission is free; food and wine by the glass available for sale. More info: www.uncorkedonthegreen.com.
Also Saturday, Leaf and Petal nursery is teaming up with Jones Valley Urban Farm, Kathy G and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a fall carnival, including a scavenger hunt, cotton candy and a showing of the Charlie Brown film "The Great Pumpkin." Chef George McMillan of Daniel George restaurant will carve a giant pumpkin from Jones Valley Urban Farm. There will be food for kids and adults provided by Kathy G as well as a costume contest with prizes from Leaf and Petal. Artists and various vendors will be there displaying their work. For more information, contact the Leaf and Petal Nursery at (205) 877-3030.
The annual St. Nicholas Food Festival, Nov. 1-2 in Brookside, features traditional recipes handed down by immigrants from what is now known as Slovakia in central Europe. Brookside, once a mining town, was settled by these immigrants in the 1880s. The festival will be at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church and will feature dishes such as stuffed holupki (cabbage), piroshki (meat pie), and haluski (dumplings). Download a pdf with this year's menu and other info: http://www.brooksidealabama.com/docs/2008menu.pdf