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Southern Living Announces the 2016 Southern Living Live: Charleston Event June 10 - 12

For Immediate Release, March 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the Southern Living Live: Charleston Event Weekend June 10-12, 2016 hosted by Explore Charleston in partnership with Time Inc.’s Southern Living. This special event weekend will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences hosted by editors and local personalities, and provide an inside look into the city’s culinary tastes, grand homes & gardens, eclectic shopping and music scene.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Explore Charleston to offer our readers a 50th anniversary celebration weekend filled with authentic, local experiences in the incredible city of Charleston. With activities curated by our editors, we’re confident that visitors will enjoy every dinner, walking tour and concert we have planned,” said Southern Living Publisher Ron King.

"When Southern Living made its debut on newsstands 50 years ago, Charleston gained a passionate champion of our distinctive local culture, cuisine, history, natural beauty, traditions, and people," added Dan Blumenstock, Director of Hotels of Fennell Holdings and Chairman of Explore Charleston. "We look forward to celebrating Southern Living's tremendous success over the past five decades with their readers in Charleston this summer!"

The Southern Living Live: Charleston Event Weekend includes everything from exclusive culinary experiences and demonstrations to guided tours with notable experts; here is a sampling of featured events:

On Friday, June 10, Executive Chef Marc Collins and Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans will be hosting a private dinner event beginning with a cocktail reception on the lawn at the Wentworth Mansion, followed by a five-course meal that pays tribute to some of the most iconic Southern Living recipes.
That same evening, Executive Chef and James Beard Award Winner Jason Stanhope will host a private dinner event alongside Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin. FIG will serve as the venue for a private event showcasing a custom menu of signature cocktails and delectable Southern fare.
In partnership with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Gardening Editor Steve Bender and the Charleston "Window Box Ladies" will host a Gardening Seminar on Saturday, June 11 to share the history of the iconic Charleston window box.
The Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Outdoor Concert will be hosted on Saturday, June 11 at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park showcasing the sounds of Parker Millsap and The Secret Sisters. This laid-back event will feature barbecue by some of Charleston’s most iconic names including Swig & Swine, Home Team BBQ and Food for the Southern Soul, plus a wide selection of local craft beers including Coast Brewing, Cooper River Brewing, Holy City Brewing, Palmetto Brewing and Tradesman Brewing.
The weekend will wrap up with a Bloody Marys and Biscuits Brunch Event featuring Charleston Bloody Mary Mix, High Wire Distilling and Striped Pig Distillery, plus homemade biscuits prepared by Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin. Additional menu items include a variety of brunch specialties prepared by Holy City Hospitality.

Southern Living Live: Charleston hotel packages and tickets to the events (ticket prices start at $40/person) and a complete itinerary are available at: www.SouthernLiving.com/CharlestonLive

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Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 23 million people each month, Southern Living connects consumers to the region's rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

About Time Inc.
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.

Explore Charleston
The mission of Explore Charleston is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. Explorecharleston.com

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