Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. A Brand New Shine. There’s some new ‘shine in town by way of a 10,000-square-foot distillery. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is now home to the Sugarlands Distilling Company, opening to the public on March 21. The name gives a nod to the region in the Great Smoky Mountains in which it’s made, “The Sugarlands,” named by early settlers in the 1800s due to the abundance of sugar maple trees. The company will churn out seven locally produced flavors, including Silver Cloud, their signature shine. The 100-proof moonshine is made with Tennessee corn and ends with the kick that moonshine is known for. Other flavors include apple pie, blackberry, butterscotch, lemonade, and sweet tea.
2. BUKU Music + Art Project. This weekend, March 21-22, New Orleans hosts music and art enthusiasts set out to celebrate the craft in the Crescent City. Held at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, the two-day festival features some of the biggest names in music today. Headliners include The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, and Ellie Goulding, as well as some local, Southern musicians like Big Freedia, who is credited for bringing a New Orleans-style hip hop to the main stage.
3. Whiskey Dinner. The mixologist behind Parish in Atlanta, Arianne Fielder, is showing off her skills for a four-course “whiskey dinner” on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Chef Zeb Stevenson will serve plates alongside Arianne’s acclaimed cocktails with tasting of American Spirit white, Doc Holiday Rye, Charred Oak bourbon, Rebellion, and Breckenridge bourbon. Tickets go for $59 per person.
4. Shop Southern style. Get your cash ready for a pop-up shop in the ATL on March 22-23. The event, 39 x 43, is a chance to view some great pieces by some of the most influential Southern designers—think Billy Reid, Red’s Outfitters, and Clay + Bros., plus much more. Callie White, the author of Callie’s Biscuits, will be on hand to sign copies of her hit book, and art will be showcased from ABV, a local Atlanta gallery. Monday Night Brewing will cater the event with their craft brews. Come, shop, drink, and dine in true Southern style. The event is curated by Jess Graves, one of Southern Living’s 75 Most Stylish Southerners.
5. Music in San Antonio. Texas is kicking up its boots for the second annual Maverick Music Festival, March 21-22 in the La Villita Historic Arts Village in downtown San Antonio. Experience an eclectic sound from from hip-hop to indie rock, including Psychedelic Furs, The Joy Formidable, Twin Shadow, Candlebox, Phantogram, Roky Erickson, Yacht, and others. You can get advance single-day tickets for $49 until March 22, after that, tickets go for $60.