Bottles & Barrels make for a perfect weekend

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Photo above: Nora Scaglioni offers up a glass of reserve Gentry “Charleston Lowland” Bourbon. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Bottles & Barrels 2016 started up on Friday night, April 8th with wine dinners at private homes for ticketed event goers. Each home served a three course meal prepared by an esteemed Lowcountry chef, complete with hand-selected wine pairings.

The tasting portion of Bottles and Barrels happened last Saturday throughout the Habersham Marketplace where event-goers could taste many different spirits, wine and craft beer. Live music by the Hi-Fi Band provided a lovely background for cooking demonstrations hosted by Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin, architectural walks through Habersham with Southern Living Architect Eric Moser and a full array of culinary-centric purveyors for shopping were all available during the fun festival.

Bottles & Barrels is presented by the Habersham Merchants Council which comprises the business owners on Market Street in the idyllic village of Habersham. The Council’s mission is to promote and support the individual merchant owners in making the Marketplace a destination for locals and area residents alike in Beaufort County and beyond. The Merchants Council puts on events like Bottles and Barrels using money raised through generous sponsorships and ticket sales. If there are net proceeds from an event, those funds are used to advertise and market the Merchant member businesses collectively.