Kick off the weekend on Friday, August 11th with a one-of-a-kind dining experience to benefit Southern Makers nonprofit at the 5 Star Dinner. Guests will enjoy a five course dinner prepared by a variety of top southern based chefs including: Adam Evans, formerly of Optimist, 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, five-star sommelier Heath Porter will pair wine for each course. Each chef will create 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 are $200 and available here.
Be at Sloss Furnaces at noon on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th. Eat, drink, shop, listen and learn from more than 100 of the South’s top makers, The hand-picked list features fashion designers, textile artists, screen printers, jewelers, brewers, winemakers, contemporary artists, farmers, woodworkers, chefs, bakers, architects, industrial designers, preservationists and entrepreneurs. Celebrated artisans 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 and broom making extraordinaire George Jones, Jr., dapper shoe designer Peter Nappi, luxurious home grown cotton bedding from Redland Cotton and more.
Get Crafty at 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.
Take part in demonstrations and workshops featuring hands on learning and practical instruction with a variety of Southern artisans. The lineup includes Sloss Furnaces leading casting artist, Marshall Christie, wood oven pizza making with Bill St John, Broom making with George Jones Jr., creating cocktails with Ronnie Moore and timber framing with Ryan Walker.