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Meet Your 2017 Southern Makers

Meet Your 2017 Southern Makers

On Saturday, August 12 through Sunday, August 13, 2017, more than 100 of the South’s top makers will come together at the historic Sloss Furnaces for the fith annual Southern Makers event, celebrating Southern creativity and innovation. After reviewing hundreds of applications, the event curators are pleased to reveal the 2017 Southern Makers.

The list taps into a variety of top-quality southern artisans and features fashion designers, textile artists, screen printers, jewelers, brewers, winemakers, contemporary artists, farmers, woodworkers, chefs, bakers, architects, industrial designers, preservationists and entrepreneurs.  Celebrated connoisseurs among the 2017 Makers include national award-winning designer Billy Reid; brothers Keith and Dylan Cochran of Wood Studio, previous overall winner of the Garden & Gun Made in the South Awards; fine artist Butch Anthony, broom making extraordinaire George Jones, Jr., dapper shoe designer Peter Nappi, luxurious home grown cotton bedding from Red Land Cotton and more.

More than 2,000 event-goers will eat, drink, shop, listen and learn about handcrafted goods, sample tastings made by distinguished chefs using locally-sourced ingredients, listen to live music and participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive workshops. This highly-curated platform provides a venue for skilled and accomplished makers to connect, while also allowing adventurers from near and far to experience a cross section of the South’s finest. Rich with history in textiles, agriculture, food, literature, art and design, Southern Makers is an educational and authentic experience where guests interact with the makers and designers firsthand, gaining a better understanding and a deeper appreciation for their craft.

New this year is a Southern Makers Beer Garden Curated by the Alabama Brewers Guild where you can interact and purchase directly from fine breweries themselves.  Sample and enjoy craft beers from over a dozen breweries including, Back Forty Beer, Black Warrior , Cahaba, Fairhope , Goat Island, Good People, Haint Blue, Trim Tab and more. Beer tokens are just $2.50 each and may be purchased at the entrance to the garden. A 6-ounce pour will be 1 token. A 12-ounce pour will be 2 tokens.

Yet another new happening this year­ is a five-star dining experience on Friday, August 11th, to benefit Southern Makers nonprofit. Guests will enjoy a five course dinner prepared by a variety of top southern based chefs including: Adam Evans, formerly of Optimus, Atlanta, GA,  James Lewis, Bettola, Birmingham AL,  Alex Harrell, Angeline, New Orleans, LA, David Carrier, Certified Burger, Sea Island GA, and Josh Quick, Odette, Florence, AL.  Miami’s own, five-star sommelier Heath Porter will pair wine with courses. Each chef will prepare a special plate to add to this one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The atmosphere and surroundings will complement the dinner with an urban farm-to-table feel and theme. 29th Street to the historic Pepper Place will be transformed for one night only into a joyful dining room under the stars of Alabama.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE — SOUTHERN MAKERS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON AUGUST 12+13, 2017

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE — SOUTHERN MAKERS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON AUGUST 12+13, 2017

Southern Makers

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE —

SOUTHERN MAKERS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON AUGUST 12+13, 2017

The Montgomery tracks lead us North to Birmingham for the next southern adventure.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Southern Makers, a two-day event happening August 12-13, 2017, under the viaduct at the historic Sloss Furnaces. Part of the five-year celebration, is to try a new venue, change things up a bit and keep our event fresh— without losing the quality and spirit at the heart of the event.

Just as our original venue,  Montgomery’s historic Union Station, represents movement and architectural beauty, so too does the Viaduct at Sloss but in a different way. The raw space composed of structural concrete material for its own sake, represents movement and a space for the making process. This rings true to our reason for creating Southern Makers back in 2013—bringing together handpicked top talent to explore southern based creativity that enriches lives – in one place for all to experience. We have the same values but we are relocating to a NEW historic environment.  The Montgomery tracks are leading us North to Birmingham for a different southern adventure.

More than 100 of the South’s top makers, including nationally-renowned fashion designers, textile artists, screen printers, jewelers, brewers, winemakers, contemporary artists, farmers, woodworkers, chefs, bakers, architects, industrial designers, preservationists and entrepreneurs, will come together in Birmingham to celebrate Southern creativity and innovation. The complete list of Southern Makers will be posted to www.southernmakers.com mid-July, 2017.

To purchase tickets, visit the Southern Makers website at www.southernmakers.com. A single day ticket is $25.99 plus taxes and fees, a weekend ticket is $35.99 plus taxes and fees. Tickets at the door are $40 per day plus taxes and fees. Tickets are free for children under 10.

Southern Makers is also selling a limited number of ALL ACCESS (VIP) weekend passes for $85.00 plus taxes and fees. This is an all weekend ticket that includes entry into the air-conditioned marquee with culinary treats and libations from the South’s finest makers.

The event is produced and created by Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in collaboration with Goodwyn Mills & Cawood (GMC). Garden & Gun is the Southern Makers official media partner. All proceeds from the event benefit Southern Makers, a non-profit organization that aims to draw attention to, celebrate and promote southern talent and creativity.

 

 

Change of Venue. Change of Date.

Change of Venue. Change of Date.

Thank you for your continued support of the Southern Makers event. Going into the fifth year of our celebration, we have decided to make some changes that we hope will keep the event as fresh and exciting as year one. Montgomery has been a fantastic host city over the last four years and has proven to be a huge success.

There has been an outpouring of requests for there to be multiple events in different locations. As much as we would love to do this, we currently only have the capacity to organize one event per year. We have discussed the options at great length, and all things considered, have decided to host the 2017 Southern Makers event in Birmingham.

The date and venue have not been finalized, but we will let you know as soon as both have been confirmed. We will keep you updated as details are available, and hope you will continue your participation in our celebration of all things unique and special in the South.

Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium: A place for creatives to gather

Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium: A place for creatives to gather

By Kelsey Barcomb

“It is 3 p.m. on a Tuesday and Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium in Auburn, Alabama, is filled to the brim with people. They’re studying with laptops. They’re enjoying the company of friends. One man is even staring wordlessly out the front window with a dreamy expression.

And, of course, they’re all drinking coffee.

Sarah Barnett Gill is not only the creator of Mama Mocha’s, she is also the namesake. People started calling her Mama Mocha in the beginning of her career because of her love for chocolate drinks and her maternal ways.”

Read the full article here: HomeGrown

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