by Jamie Schultz
There’s no better way to celebrate the South than by sipping local craft beers, noshing on regional cuisine and touring southern style homes you can’t help but covet.
Now you can get in on the celebration for three days straight. Southern Living hosts its annual Roast & Toast on the Coast bash from October 7-9, and you can be among the attendees. It all happens at Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island, a Southern Living Inspired Community, settled along South East Beach Drive.
The weekend kicks off with two southern dinner options that are sure to make your mouth water. You can head to Bald Head Island Club for an oyster roast with all the fixins. Think all the fresh oysters you can dream up, while you sit by the cozy outdoor fire pit with a cocktail in hand. If oysters don’t suit your fancy, instead indulge in a four-course dinner dreamed up by Southern Living Test Kitchen Chef Robby Melvin and Shoals Club Executive Chris Lubben.
Day two starts off with a tour of the open houses of Cape Fear Station, a Southern Living Inspired Community with some of the most jaw-dropping homes in the region. Spend a few hours on South East Beach taking in the classic-meets-coastal architecture, 10-foot-deep double porches, Hardie® siding and trim, shiplap ceilings, indigenous landscaping and tightly knit community, all a few minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll likely leave with a list of inspiring home design ideas.
Post home tours, head to The Common for some wine, craft beer and specialty cocktails. Here you can get in on cooking demonstrations and a slew of southern delicacies. Then cap the night with live music under the stars by The Midatlantic, a local newgrass band with plucking strings and soothing harmonies.
Close out the weekend with a southern-style Sunday morning brunch overlooking the epic ocean views at Bald Head Island Club.
Seeking a true taste of the south? Snag tickets to any of the family-friendly events on the Roast & Toast on the Coast website. You’ll leave satiated in more ways than one—full of food, drinks, music and architecture all inspired by the South.
(Photography by Bald Head Island Limited)