From June 19 to 21, the Cloister at Sea Island in Georgia will showcase its southern hospitality with the Southern Grown Festival. A tribute to the region’s culture, cuisine, and music, the three-day event (priced at $1,450 for two all-access passes) will begin on Friday with the Big Fish Fry on Rainbow Island. Mississippi chef John Currence—James Beard Award winner for Best Chef in the South—and Mike Lata of restaurant Fig in Charleston will be among the notable names creating traditional tastes complemented by local craft beers and spirits. Following will be an outdoor showing of the Tim Burton film Big Fish. (Daniel Wallace, who authored the book on which the film is based, will be in attendance.) To cap the evening, a password-protected, late-night speakeasy at the Cloister at Sea Island will pour Prohibition-era cocktails with Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon.
After a day of cultural classes, music, and a food fair, Saturday night’s festivities will include a dinner on the Lodge at Sea Island lawn and a concert from the Avett Brothers of North Carolina. Guests will be treated to a sendoff brunch on Sunday at the Cloister Beach Club, where chef Brandon Carter will be serving up biscuits and gravy.
For those looking to return to Sea Island on a regular basis, the property currently has 52 quarter-ownerships available at the Cloister Ocean Residences that guarantee one week’s access per month. Deeded ownership of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom oceanfront homes is priced between $425,000 and $1.1 million. (southerngrown.com)