Those attending this year’s Moss Rock Festival in Hoover will have a chance to taste local craft beers while they enjoy nature and art and learn about eco-friendly innovations.
The eighth annual festival will be Nov. 2-3 at The Preserve in Hoover. The event will feature the 2013 Beer Garden, where beer aficionados will have a chance to taste more than 20 local craft brews while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the festival.
Organizers said they are expecting about 15,000 visitors to this year’s festival in the neighborhood setting adjacent to Hoover’s 350-acre Moss Rock Preserve.
The festival will include unique artwork inspired by nature from 100 exhibiting artists. The artwork will be featured in the festival’s Eco and +Design District booths, which will offer ideas on green living innovations and designs.
At the festival’s Eco:Drive, those attending can see and learn about the latest fuel efficient cars.
The Nature of Cakes expo and tasting is a crowd favorite each year. Visitors will gather in The Preserve’s Town Hall for a sweet display of show cakes based on the 2013 design theme challenge of “Fleas & Antiques.”
For other hungry festival-goers, Cafe by the Woods will corral popular local food trucks and other festival favorites to serve fresh, local food and treats.
After grabbing a bite to eat, children might want to check out the WonderKid Studios for engaging, educational and creative projects influenced by nature. All ages can participate in art activities at the WonderKid Studios area.
Live music staged throughout the weekend will feature local performers.
Visitors can also take advantage of the miles of nature trails at Moss Rock Preserve by going on a hike, exploring and participating in geocache events.
Admission to the 2013 Moss Rock Festival is free. Tickets for the Beer Garden can be purchased online in advance for $12.50.
The festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Parking, shuttles and collections for electronics recycling will take place at the Hoover Met.
For more information, visit MossRockFestival.com or call 595-6306.