The official call for entries for Garden & Gun’s thirteenth annual Made in the South Awards is open through June 15. The magazine is seeking Southern-made product entries in six categories: Food, Drink, Home, Style, Outdoors, and Crafts. The overall winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and is prominently featured alongside the other category winners and runners-up in the magazine's December 2022/January 2023 issue, which hits newsstands in November 2022.
Garden & Gun is proud to announce Explore Asheville as the presenting partner of the 2022 Made in the South Awards. In November, Asheville will act as the creative epicenter for this year’s competition, and Explore Asheville will join Garden & Gun to host a multiday celebration of the city’s creativity. The Spirit of Asheville event (November 13–15) will feature curated tours of local galleries, studios, and other creative spaces with G&G editors and staff, as well as unique experiences of the city’s artful food and drink scene. On Monday, November 14, there will be a celebratory dinner for the overall winner and category winners of this year’s Made in the South Awards, to which guests of the Spirit of Asheville experience are also invited.
This year’s Made in the South Awards program will feature a new sustainability award, given to an artist or innovator leading the way with not only a noteworthy product, but also responsible production, conservation awareness, and locally driven production. Together with Explore Asheville, G&G has incorporated this important new element into the competition to highlight and advocate for conservation in the South and beyond.
“We are delighted to welcome guests to our Blue Ridge Mountain city this fall for the Spirit of Asheville celebration. Honoring the passion and inspiration of Southern creatives—especially here in our own vibrant community—is at the heart of our collaboration with Garden & Gun,” says Victoria Isley, president and CEO of Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This event will also allow us to shine a spotlight on the people and independent businesses that help foster Asheville’s artistic vibe and inventive soul.”
Garden & Gun created the Made in the South Awards in 2010 to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmanship, and to recognize the best Southern-made products on the market. Each year, G&G’s editorial team selects industry experts from across the country to be judges. This program has become a vital part of the magazine’s identity and has proved time and again that Southern creativity and innovation are indeed alive and well.
“The Made in the South Awards has been an incredible vehicle for discovering some of the region’s most talented makers, designers, artisans, and small business owners, and has become a cornerstone of Garden & Gun,” says David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor in chief of the magazine. “Over the past thirteen years, it’s been a true joy to witness the profound creativity this program brings to light, and we are excited to seek out even more trailblazers this year.”
All Southern artisans or businesses with a product in one of the six categories (Food, Drink, Home, Style, Outdoors, and Crafts) that will be available for sale through January 2023 may apply. For entry forms, category descriptions, and rules, visit madeinthesouthawards.com. A discounted entry fee of $50 will be available through April 22, but entries will be accepted until midnight ET on June 15. Winners will be publicly announced in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Garden & Gun, which will hit newsstands in November 2022.
To follow along with the Made in the South Awards, use #madeinthesouthawards on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or visit us at gardenandgun.com.
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