Habersham hosts Bottles & Barrels event

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Southern Living Magazine, the Habersham Marketplace, and Plum Productions are excited to announce the first Bottles & Barrels event to be held June 14 and 15.

This weekend-long event has three fun components: Saturday, June 14, 12 to 4 p.m., features a tasting of boutique wines and craft beers and a “Cast Iron Chef” culinary competition. A traditional Southern Sunday Jazz Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Rob and Lydia Mondavi of Folio Fine Wine Partners and featuring a farm-to-table style menu designed by Southern Living Magazine’s test kitchen chef, Robby Melvin.

A Southern Living inspired event, Bottles & Barrels will feature a dozen boutique wineries and craft beer makers. A tasting ticket can be purchased for $40 per person for unlimited beer and wine tastings. Southern Living Magazine sanctioned awards will be bestowed to participating purveyors. Whatever your preferred varietal or brew, you’re sure to find a new favorite.

The event’s culinary cook-off, the “Cast Iron Chef Competition” will spotlight Beaufort’s top-tier chefs competing in two fast and furious 30-minute timed competitions with one common factor — bacon, the 2014 Southern Living ingredient of the year, which must be used in all three presented dishes. Chef Melvin will judge on presentation, use of ingredient of the year, and creativity. The winner is our official Southern Living “Cast Iron Chef 2014!” The chefs will then prepare small plates of their competition dish for lucky VIP ticket holders to taste and enjoy. VIP tasting tickets are $60 per person and pre-ordering of these tickets is recommended.

Bottles & Barrels continues Sunday, June 15, with a traditional Southern Sunday Jazz Brunch. It will begin with croquet and cocktails on the grass at Le Chene Circle — be sure to wear whites! Live music will be provided by the Blue Mudd Funky Jazz Sextet as activities unfold. Guests will then be led to shaded seats in Habersham Marketplace for a full service brunch — Southern style. The menu will be created with care by Chef Robby Melvin, and will also feature bacon along with locally sourced ingredients to create Southern favorites for this fun and formal event. Sunday Brunch tickets are $60 per person.

The event is hosted by the Habersham Marketplace and is produced by Plum Productions. Full details are listed and tickets can be purchased on the event website: www.bottlesandbarrelssc.com.