Again this year, last weekend my friend Debbie and I attended the Southern Women’s Show. Snacking, browsing, people watching, shopping, watching fashion shows and cooking shows, that is just a little of what goes on at this event. Oh, and a whole bunch of Southern women in one place. 🙂
It’s a 4 day event and you can’t see it all in one visit, but we managed to pack a few things into about 3 hours.
We manged to get as many samples as we could possible find, including a morsel of cake from Ashley Mac’s, which I had heard rave reviews about. That little bite was good, but I want more. Now I wish I could remember who told me about this bakery.
We managed to eat our way around the arena, with extra stops for sample ice creams from Blue Belle.
My friend, Shannon, with Southern Beauty Magazine and blog, right here in Birmingham, gave us the tickets, so we were grateful for that and she had a booth at the show. Thank you, Shannon! You’ll be hearing more from Shannon, since she is going to come by and do a guest post for me one day soon. We met last year at Blissdom and didn’t have a lot of time to chat and have just gotten back in touch again.
The fashion shows are always fun to watch.
These young ladies were from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa and did a fab job strutting their stuff.
All shapes and sizes, they were dressed in black and had fun on the stage.
Another colorful number, all featuring leggings. I did my leggings duty back in the 80’s and it ain’t about to happen again, I don’t think. 🙂
But, these girls were cute and sassy.
We also watched a cooking demo by Lisa Shively, who has written a couple of cookbooks. I had never heard of her, but she seemed to be a good ole’ Southern girl from NC and Georgia. She demonstrated chicken pot pie and a fruit salad.
Back to another fashion show, this time it was the older ladies who took the stage.
And they were doing a pretty good job of strutting it too.
I think I would be pretty nervous with all eyes watching me walk across a stage.
And I was thanking the good Lord that my old middle-aged legs with wrinkly knees weren’t up there. Talk about scrutiny!
They did great and the finale was evening gowns.
Very pretty dresses.
It was hard to get great pics in motion.
I had to admire these ladies for strutting it so well. Good job, models!
One last peek at all the evening wear.
And from the fashion stage, we moved back to the cooking demo, where Franklin Biggs with Homewood Gourmet, showed off his specialty. Baby bleu salad.
I can vouch for this one, since I’ve been by his small restaurant many times and had this salad. If you’d like to see how it’s made, click over to Homewood Gourmet for the recipe that is posted. Field greens with strawberries, oranges, and toasted pecans, bleu cheese, drizzled with a homemade Balsamic vinegarette dressing. It is totally delish! I can see why it’s been a favorite for 18 years.
And that was the afternoon at the Southern Women’s show, always a fun place to spend a few hours. This is Bear Bryant and some other notables in a statue outside the Birmingham Civic Center.
Don’t forget, the Fall Inspiration Party is tomorrow, October 1st!! Hope you’ll come back and link up.