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“Winning changed our entire business…our lives.”
—Covered in Cotton, 2020 Overall Winner

It’s an honor for Garden & Gun to celebrate the region’s talented artisans, creative makers, small-business owners, and other entrepreneurs with its annual Made in the South Awards—a spotlight we consider more important than ever as we enter the awards’ thirteenth year. If your Southern-made product falls into one of the awards’ six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Outdoors, Style, or Crafts—enter now. Small-batch bourbon, fishing flies, can’t-eat-just-one cheese straws, custom furniture, hand-stitched cowboy boots, an organic skin-care line, we want to see it all.

Winners and runners-up in each category are selected by a panel of G&G editors and guest judges and will be featured in the pages of the December 2022/January 2023 issue.

THERE’S ALSO A $10,000 GRAND PRIZE FOR THE OVERALL WINNER.

THE ENTRY PERIOD CLOSED ON JUNE 15.

Presented in partnership with Explore Asheville, the Sustainability Award celebrates those Southern makers who have committed themselves to conservation and the environment by incorporating eco-friendly practices into their business model or by partnering with like-minded nonprofits to give back. 

To qualify, tell us more on your entry form—one winner will be chosen across all six categories. 


Food
Food
About the Food Category

Whether you’re selling masterful twists on your grandmother’s old-school pies and cakes, bringing seasonal bounty to the masses by the jarful, packaging this year’s venison as next year’s jerky, crafting artisanal cheeses, bottling a fiery hot pepper sauce, or producing just about any other product for the pantry, this is where you belong. Note: We can no longer accept raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.). But please email us at [email protected] if you’re a grower with a story to tell.

Food Judge
Meet the Food Judge
Al Roker
New York, New York

For twenty-six years, he’s been waking up with America as a host of NBC’s Today show, but if you scroll through Al Roker’s Instagram it’s clear the award-winning weatherman is passionate about food. As the host of “Cold Cuts” on today.com, he interviews friends, including Martha Stewart and the late Bob Saget, about life and, yes, sandwiches. And this past fall, he launched the Thanksgiving-themed, top-ten podcast, “Cooking Up a Storm.” Follow him on Instagram at @alroker.   



Drink
Drink
About the Drink Category

Here, we’ll toast the game-changing vintners, distillers, and master brewers set on bottling some of the South’s best booze. Cocktail mixers, bitters, simple syrups, and the like are all fair game, too. Beyond the bar, iced teas, small-batch sodas, juices, and anything else that’ll quench our thirst makes the cut.

Drink Judge
Meet the Drink Judge
Wayne Curtis
New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans–based author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, Wayne Curtis puts his encyclopedic cocktail and spirits knowledge to good use as the drinks columnist for Garden & Gun, musing on a range of topics from a surprising peanut butter whiskey to Jagermeister’s return to respectability. His award-winning work has also appeared in national publications such as The Imbibe, Wired, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, among others. Follow him on Instagram at @wcurtis.



Home
Home
About the Home Category

Think lighting, barware, furniture, pillows, rugs, table linens, kitchen utensils, and cutlery—everything from rustic dining tables to contemporary rocking chairs to custom wallpapers. We’re looking for those items that turn a house into a stylish home. Note: Unfortunately, fine artists do not qualify for the awards. We’re always excited to discover new Southern talent, though. Email us at [email protected]. We’d love to hear about your work.

Home Judge
Meet the Home Judge
Charlotte Moss
New York, New York

Following a stint on Wall Street in the late 1970s, Charlotte Moss launched a wildly successful career in interior design that has spanned more than three decades. The celebrated designer is revered for her timeless aesthetic, defined by layers of texture and color, as well as for her signature Southern warmth, rooted in her Virginia childhood. Moss, also a prolific writer, has published eleven design books to date. Her newest, Home: A Celebration, which benefits No Kid Hungry, hit shelves this past fall. Follow her on Instagram at @charlottemossco



Outdoors
Outdoors
About the Outdoors Category

We’re on the hunt for products, whether for sport or recreation, that prod us to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors. On the sporting front, imagine: fly rods and fillet knives, shotguns, gear packs, game calls, decoys, and more. For outdoor recreation: Bikes and boats of all types are welcome, as well as backyard games, grills, beautiful garden tools, hammocks, swings, custom campers, you name it.

Outdoors Judge
Meet the Outdoors Judge
T. Edward Nickens
Raleigh, North Carolina

The author of a handful of outdoor guides, including The Total Outdoorsman Manual, the North Carolina–based sportsman and Garden & Gun contributing editor T. Edward Nickens most recently published The Last Wild Road, a collection of essays on adventure and the sporting life. This year marks his twelfth appearance as a Made in the South Awards judge. Follow him on Instagram at @enickens.



Style
Style
About the Style Category

Bespoke sunglasses? Sure. A great line of blue jeans? You bet. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, boots, blouses, handbags, hats, button-downs, watches, and more—any kind of apparel or accessories, we’re after it all.

Style Judge
Meet the Style Judge
Mignonne Gavigan
New York, New York

Mignonne “Maggie” Gavigan was raised in North Carolina, but her namesake accessories brand was born on the streets of SoHo. After fastening a beaded scrap of vintage fabric around her neck, she was stopped on the street in the New York neighborhood by envious strangers curious to know where she had found the unique necklace. Seven years later, she and a team that includes partners in India and Asia began Mignonne Gavigan, a sophisticated but playful line of colorful handmade designs—from beaded scarf necklaces to statement earrings—inspired by Gavigan’s love of art, nature, architecture, and textiles. Follow her on Instagram at @mignonnegavigan.



Crafts
Crafts
About the Crafts Category

Stationers, letterpress printers, bookbinders, basket weavers, quilters and textile crafters, ceramists and potters, candlemakers, small-batch beauty and skin-care experts: We’re looking at you.

Crafts Judges
Meet the Crafts Judges
Connie and Alex Matisse
Asheville, North Carolina

East Fork, the cult ceramics brand founded by Connie and Alex Matisse, along with fellow potter John Vigeland, had humble beginnings. The trio began shaping, firing, and selling their durable stoneware on an old tobacco farm in Madison County, North Carolina in 2009. But in just seven years, the demand for their dinnerware warranted a move to a 14,500-square-foot Asheville warehouse. The Matisses and company also own two brick-and-mortar shops in Asheville and Atlanta, and in 2018, their nesting bowls took home Made in the South Award honors in the Crafts category. Follow them on Instagram at @eastforkpottery


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