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Sea Island commemorates the distinctive culture of all things Southern with the third annual Southern Grown, giving guests the chance to taste, sip, learn about, and experience the unique cuisine and traditions of the most special region of America. The weekend overflows with opportunities, opening with Friday night’s Garden & Gun Kick-Off Dinner and a Show. Saturday’s daytime Southern Grown Marketplace presented by Southeastern Wildlife Exposition precedes an oceanside dinner and a concert with Drive-By Truckers followed by a late night After Glow Event. The weekend culminates with a Sunday Brunch. The entire roster of events will be led by award-winning chefs and musical talent from across the South. All in the world-class setting of Sea Island.

When: September 1-3, 2017
Location: Sea Island, Georgia


Schedule of Events


Friday, September 1st: 2-7 p.m.

Southern Grown Hospitality Suite presented by E-Z-GO

Location: The Cloister Library

Sea Island’s Hospitality Suite in The Cloister Library for Southern Grown Guests, Sponsors and Guest Artisans – a touchstone for the weekend. 

Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders only


7-11 p.m.

Garden & Gun Kick-off Dinner and a Show

Location: Rainbow Island

The Labor Day weekend tribute to Southern Americana unfolds riverside on the lush green lawn of Rainbow Island. A nostalgic portrait of small town America will be colored by the tastes of Charleston Chef Mike Lata’s cuisine and the musical tunes of GRAMMY® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers from Asheville, North Carolina. Join us for a magical night steeped in the time-honored traditions of the American South, presented by Garden & Gun.

Cost: $175 (includes all libations!)
Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders and à la carte ticket purchasers


Saturday, September 2nd: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Southern Grown Hospitality Suite presented by E-Z-GO

Location: The Cloister Library

Sea Island’s Hospitality Suite in The Cloister Library for Southern Grown Guests, Sponsors and Guest Artisans – a touchstone for the weekend.

Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders only


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Southern Grown Marketplace presented by Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)

Location: Mizner Ballroom at The Cloister

Spend the day at the Southern Grown Marketplace presented by Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) right at Sea Island. Celebrate wildlife and nature through fine art, education, sport and of course, food and drink. Take a stroll and peruse dozens of unique Southern artisans and purveyors booths. Don’t miss the demos!  From the food world comes well-renowned Chef Linton Hopkins who will captivate the culinary-inclined folks.  Spirits abound with mixology demos from award-winning bartenders. And from the sporting world comes an exciting falconry experiencean exhibition by Broadfield Bird Dog Trainer Wes Schlosser, and tips and tricks from Broadfield Garden Manager Sean Rakoczy.

Attendees: Open to all Sea Island Resort Guests and Sea Island Club members


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Oceanside “Hopkins’ Heritage Dinner” presented by SunTrust

Location: Sea Island Beach Club

Cultures of the table are passed down from generation to generation. Where and who we come from very much dictate how and what we eat. Take a stroll by the “Hopkins’ family table” and enjoy a meal designed by heritage and cooked by father and his son, Linton and LintonBeau + Luci, sisters from the swamplands of Southern Georgia, will enchant you with their hypnotizing harmonies and bluesy melodies. 

Cost: $70 SOLD OUT!
Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders and à la carte ticket purchasers


8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Southern Grown Concert

Location: Rainbow Island

The music of the American South in a two-act forum culminates with the arrival of Drive-By Truckers, from Athens, Georgia and opening act, The Whiskey Gentry. The VIP section is catered to by Chef Chris Dickerson of Corner Taco from Jacksonville, Florida, while the local favorite, Southern Soul, takes over the Cook House.

Cost: $125 VIP (includes stage front access and lite bites) SOLD OUT!
          $65 General Admission

Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders and à la carte ticket purchasers


11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

“A Little Less Conversation” After Glow Party

Location: The Cloister Clubroom

Inspired by the life of Elvis -- a little bit country, a little bit Las Vegas, and a lot of Rock 'n’ Roll. A late-night fueled by the music and food of The King. Elvis will be in the building! A “Tribute to Elvis” featuring Stephen Freeman.

Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders only


Sunday, September 3rd: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Location: Mizner Ballroom at The Cloister

Spend the day at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) right at Sea Island. Celebrate wildlife and nature through fine art, education, and sport.

Attendees: Open to all Sea Island Resort Guests and Sea Island Club members

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Southern Grown Sunday Brunch

Location: Tavola at The Cloister

After a rollicking weekend everyone gathers for a traditional Southern Brunch of biscuits and gravy, house-made hash browns, and bacon, among many other delicious Sunday staples. Local favorite, Certified Burgers & Beverage, provides freshly made donuts. Wind down with a beverage in hand while relaxing to the sounds of Caleb Caudle, a singer-songwriter out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Cost: $60 SOLD OUT!
Attendees: SoGro All Access Pass-holders and à la carte ticket purchasers