SAINT SIMONS FOOD & SPIRITS FESTIVALThis year is the 2nd Annual Festival benefitting theHospice of the Golden Isles, the only community-formed, non-profit hospice serving the five county area.  We would appreciate if you would consider covering this event within your publication where you see fit.

The festival has doubled in size this year and will take place from October 1 to 6 at Glascoigne Bluff. Some festival highlights include a Southern Soul Barbeque Alfresco dinner, a Reserve Wine Tasting with Sea Island Sommelier Jacob Cragg, Specialty Cooking Classes led by local and regional talent and the Local Flavors Tasting Tent and Culinary Stage. In addition to local culinary talent, this year’s festival will highlight regional culinary talent such as:

–     Linton Hopkins; James Beard Best Chef Southeast 2012, Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chefs 2009, chef/owner Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House, H & F Bottle Shop and H & F Bread in Atlanta Ga.

–     Tiffani Faison; Pitmaster of Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston, Mass., she was a finalist on Season 1 of Top Chef and was voted fan favorite on 2011’s Top Chef All Stars.

–     Justin and Jonathan Fox; Pitmasters and owners of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta.

–     Jackson Holland; Mixologist and Sommelier at The Cocktail Club in Charleston, S.C., he is the 2011 winner of the Garden & Gun “Made in the South” award for Charleston Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix.

–     Carrie Morey; Chef/Owner and Cookbook author of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits Company, Carrie has appeared on the NBC Today Show and The Food Network.  Carrie was chosen as one of Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers.”

–     Libbie Summers; Award winning blogger, culinary producer, food & prop stylist.  Author of The Whole Hog Cookbook.

–     Gena Neely Knox; Owner of Fire & Flavor gourmet items and cooking products.  She has a popular blog and has authored 3 popular books: Gourmet My Way, Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors, and the new release, Southern My Way: Food & Family.