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A Look at JUBILEE 2017

December 1–3, 2017, Garden & Gun hosted its fifth annual JUBILEE Made in the South Weekend. Attracting readers from across the country, the weekend boasted a unique roundup of personalities, arts, live music, food, drink, literature, and the sporting life.

Over the course of three days, guests experienced everything from stellar food and drink to a marketplace overflowing with items from the South at one of the most beautiful venues in the country, Charles Towne Landing—plus a lineup of events hosted around Charleston, South Carolina. From the British Driven Shooting Academy and intimate seated dinners, to a bourbon tasting and a lively oyster roast, JUBILEE offered something special for every G&G enthusiast, making it a one-of-a-kind event.


Special Thanks to: 

Founding Partner:
Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Automotive Partner:
Volvo Cars of North America

Spirits Partner:

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Venue Partner:
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism



Maggie Armstrong, Chris Boek, Colleen Burdett, Brittany Nailon, Anne Rhett, Brennan Wesley, Libby Williams

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Guests gather in front of the JUBILEE marquee for a photo before a day of food, drink, and all things G&G.

Megan Frederick takes a JUBILEE program guide and map from the Welcome Tent to help her navigate the numerous sights and experiences around Charles Towne Landing.

Guests peruse hundreds of unique Southern products inside the beautifully curated Marketplace.

Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner and Elizabeth Stafford White, the sister duo behind Twine & Twig, pause for a photo in front of the G&G cover wall.

Custom JUBILEE wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, bandanas, and hats inside the Marketplace.

Guests take advantage of Friday morning’s VIP Early Access Breakfast to experience JUBILEE ahead of the crowds while enjoying mimosas and a biscuit bar with Allan Benton’s famous redeye gravy and Blackberry Farm’s jam.

From left: John LaVerne, Frank Fredericks, CACVB Board Chair Linn Lesesne, CACVB CEO Helen Hill, and Gary Edwards welcome guests at Friday morning’s VIP Early Access Breakfast.

A roundup of new and classic Southern food, drink, and cooking essentials in the Pantry.

An attendee delights in fresh florals from Charleston’s own SYG Designs.

Allan Benton of Benton’s Bacon slices prosciutto in the Farmshed for guests to sample throughout the weekend.

Attendees gather in the Farmshed to sit, sip, and relax while indulging in tastings from Benton’s Bacon, Counter Culture Coffee, Fullsteam Brewery, and Red Truck Rural Bakery.

G&G editor in chief Dave DiBenedetto signs copies of our latest book S Is for Southern in the Marketplace.

A vibrant group of attendees socialize on the lawn while enjoying live music and a bevy of good eats.

Furry friends and attendees delight in the sights and smells of JUBILEE.

Kids and grown-ups alike hang out on the swing sets throughout the weekend.

Guests mingle on the lawn and enjoy bluegrass, Bloody Marys, and Blackjack Barbecue from Charleston pit master Jimmy Hagood at the Sunday Social.

A build-your-own Bloody Mary bar featuring Jimmy Hagood’s Mr. Jimmie’s Pick-Me-Up mix.

Guests collect and wear Garden & Gun’s custom enamel pins designed exclusively for JUBILEE.

G&G’s Jana Robinson learns about the Volvo XC60’s safety and technology features through a test-drive and a self-parking demonstration.

Guests indulge in hot apple cider and warm cinnamon rolls inside the Swedish Lodge while learning about Volvo’s Overseas Delivery Program.

A Volvo XC90 on display near the Welcome Tent.

Guests arrive at JUBILEE and discover the fresh trees, wreaths, and garland from Grouse Ridge Christmas Tree Farms.

The fishing experts of Brookings’ Anglers from Cashiers, North Carolina, offer fly-casting demonstrations.

Hot dogs, handcrafted cocktails by Blade and Bow, s’mores, and bluegrass are abundant at the Truckstop, a popular social hub at JUBILEE.

Guests pose with Mark Phoenix of Big Daddy’s Pork Skins and pry for his secret recipe.

Blade and Bow serves bourbon cocktails from their custom horse trailer bar, including their signature “New” Fashioned, the Roy McAvoy, and the Cableknit.

Jubilee guests sipped on the CableKnit cocktail—a blend of seasonal flavors with Blade and Bow bourbon.

Guests take in the stunning grounds of Charles Towne Landing, the official site of JUBILEE.

Guests stroll through the JUBILEE Village and meet some of G&G’s favorite makers from across the South.

Made in the South finalist Susan Carson of Carson & Co. displays her collection of decorative scarves and made-to-measure skirts in the JUBILEE Village.

Attendees admire pieces from the chic Goldbug collection by Mariana “Mini” Hay of Charleston’s oldest family-owned jewelry store, Croghan’s Jewel Box.

Mary Celeste Beall, G&G’s Muriel Schelke, and Cameron Beall inside the G&G Sport Shop.

New this year, the JUBILEE T-Shirt Shop delights guests with a hands-on screen-printing experience with Charleston-based Flood & Print.

Guests take in the scenery around the JUBILEE Village while sipping on small-batch cocktails crafted by Cannonborough Beverage Co.

John Dangerfield II of Dangerfield Calls demonstrates the sound of a majestic wild turkey with his handmade calls.

The Blackberry Farm Brewery team offers complimentary tastings of its award-winning saison beer.

From left: Mike Stewart, Kim Rogers, B.C. Rogers III, Tom Smith, and the magical Wildrose Kennels dogs inside the G&G Sport Shop.

Seaborn Oyster Co. offers complimentary oysters in the G&G Sport Shop.

Atlanta’s design duo Sid and Ann Mashburn bring their classic essentials and made-to-measure shirts and suits to JUBILEE.

Mike Stewart delights the crowd by bringing his G&G cover dog and world-renowned training skills for not-to-be-missed demonstrations of his techniques for obedience, upland wing shooting, and shed hunting throughout the weekend.

G&G’s Maggie Brett Kennedy offers her expertise to a select group of Leica Akademie students during a one-of-a-kind photography course.

Students of the Leica Akademie sample different Leica camera models throughout the day as they work to capture the G&G lifestyle at JUBILEE.

International Senior Shooting Instructors Lars Magnusson of Blixt & Co. and Chris Batha lead the British Driven Game Shooting Academy at Brays Island Plantation.

Guests are given instruction on classic forms of British Driven Game Shooting, shotguns, clays, and cartridges.

G&G’s Rebecca Darwin prepares to shoot with instruction from Chris Batha.

Pappy & Company’s Julian Van Winkle III hosts The Cult of Pappy, a rare tasting in Garden & Gun’s offices in the Cigar Factory.

From left: Summey Orr, G&G’s Dacey Orr, John Sivewright, and Anna Orr enjoy beer and wine on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown at the JUBILEE Oyster Roast.

Guests shuck endless bushels of Lowcountry oysters while taking in unparalleled views of the Ravenel Bridge and the Charleston skyline.

Award-winning author, chef, and tastemaker Libbie Summers and team transform downtown Charleston’s R. Kitchen into a “below the deck” atmosphere for a special JUBILEE event, And a Bottle of Rum.

Cohosts Libbie Summers and G&G’s rum connoisseur, Wayne Curtis, share the history of rum’s evolution with guests.

Guest conclude the evening with a specialty rum cocktail inspired by the pages of Wayne Curtis’s book, And a Bottle of Rum.

Renowned South Carolina sculptor Grainger McKoy greets guests and shares his passion for carpentry and wildlife at Circle Seven at Garden & Gun.

In celebration of Steel Magnolias’ thirtieth anniversary, G&G contributing editor Julia Reed and playwright Robert Harling host guests at Woolfe Street Playhouse to share the unknown story behind the play and movie.

Attendees enjoy red velvet “whoopie pies,” cheese straws, and additional hors d’oeuvres and libations—all inspired by Steel Magnolias.

G&G’s Amanda Heckert mingles with cohost Julia Reed inside Woolfe Street Playhouse.

Dinner with Great Friends guests walk into an elegant affair inside the Garden & Gun office.

G&G’s Dave DiBenedetto and Blackberry Farm proprietor Mary Celeste Beall.

Guests indulge in exquisite food by executive chef Cassidee Dabney of Blackberry Farm and James Beard Award–winning chef Mike Lata.

Blackberry Farm’s sommelier and food and beverage director, Andy Chabot, pairs wine with each course.

Guests applaud an unforgettable evening of culinary experiences and camaraderie.

New Orleans is brought to life in Charleston, South Carolina, for a kickoff celebration of the Crescent City’s tricentennial year. The evening’s host, G&G contributor and NOLA resident Julia Reed, shares her “One Time in New Orleans…” story while wearing her favorite Mardi Gras leopard-print bra hat.

Guests enjoy NOLA’s signature cocktails—Hurricanes, Sazeracs, and Milk Punch—throughout the evening.

From left: Stacy Smallwood, Julia Engel, and Lucy Cuneo mingle and embrace the bons temps motto of New Orleans during dinner.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band concludes the evening with a classic New Orleans jazz performance.

Retro folk-rock band Hiss Golden Messenger performs under the majestic Avenue of Oaks to wrap up G&G’s fifth Annual JUBILEE Made in the South Weekend on Sunday afternoon.

Guests toast to the grand finale of JUBILEE.

And that’s a wrap! Guests and pups walk away having had an unforgettable G&G experience.