Approximately 140 artists and craftsmen make their way across the United States to set up shop in Cullman in April for the annual Bloomin’ Festival. Hosted by the St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School, the Bloomin’ Festival is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to its beautiful campus for two days of arts and crafts, demonstrations, and family-friendly entertainment.
The Bloomin’ Festival kicks off on Saturday with a 5K and 10K Cross Country Race. During the two-day event, approximately 140 artists from across the United States showcase their finest work - featuring everything from decorative wood silhouettes and handmade lanterns to Bavarian art wax and magazine art pottery. Demonstrations such as glass blowing, blacksmithing, corn grinding, spinning and weaving and live entertainment performed by the students of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School are also held throughout the weekend. The event concludes with prize drawings for great prizes. Past prize drawings have included prizes such as a new car, electronic items and a $100 gift card.
Loaves of Monk Bread is also available to purchase, but festivalgoers will want to arrive early as the delicious treat sells out quickly.
St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School is located at 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE in Cullman, adjacent to the world famous Ave Maria Grotto, a 4-acre park featuring 125 miniature replicas of biblical structures and world-famous buildings, all hand built by a Benedictine monk.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily rain or shine. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person with children 5 years old and under admitted free. Proceeds benefit St. Bernard Prep School, a private co-educational boarding school for grades 9-12.