BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – The Birmingham Business Journal has released its annual list of the top twenty tourist attractions around the state of Alabama as reported by the Alabama Department of Tourism. Pepper Place Market ranked 10th in the listing for 2013, which was published in the May 23 edition of the BBJ. Located in Birmingham’s Lakeview District, the market is a weekly Saturday farmers market. The market draws thousands of customers annually, and as many as 285,000 attended during the 2013 calendar year.
Pepper Place Market began in May of 2000 with about 25 tents. Now the market includes about 85 tents each Saturday morning. Vendors are comprised of local farmers, Alabama artisans and local food producers. The market features Alabama musicians along with local chefs who demonstrate a recipe every Saturday morning. Local food trucks also visit the market along with local authors and guest celebrity chefs.
The Birmingham Business Journal reports that overall, attractions in the state of Alabama increased 1.8% from 2012 to 2013. More than 5.2 million people attended events across the state last year. The Journal says there was a notable increase in attendance for Birmingham Barons Baseball games, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Southern Museum Flight, Vulcan Park and Museum, Barber Motorsports Museum and Sloss Furnaces.
Pepper Place Market is pleased to round out the top 10 list of successful 2013 attractions in Alabama, and anticipates another busy year for the 2014 season. Local farmers and artisans gather each Saturday morning at 2829 2nd Avenue South in Birmingham through December 13, 2014, from 7 a.m. until 12 Noon – rain or shine.
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