The Virginia Highlands Festival offers a full slate of programs to tickle the tastebuds under Culinary Arts & Traditions, which will return for its third year in 2020.
“Culinary Arts and Traditions is more than a fancy dinner or set of restaurant specials. It is an exploration of our local history and the innovation required to put food on the table; it’s the art of pulling flavors, textures, and colors together to nourish, entertain, and delight; and it is an investment in our sustainable future as we look not only to how we feed ourselves and our community, but to agritourism and other industries that can’t be outsourced from our region.”
– Becky Caldwell, Festival Executive Director
Below is a list of the mouth-watering Culinary Arts events from summer 2019:
- Heirloom Seed Savers Talk: For the Aspiring Pioneer! Nothing beats the taste of a juicy, fresh tomato or crisp leafy greens grown with your own two hands. Thanks to the Abingdon Virginia Seed Savers Library, we have access to over 100 varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables.
- Go Off the Grid at the Goshen Homestead: Interested in living off the grid? Join us for an exclusive inside look at what it’s like to live on a homestead, complete with a creamery, cattle ranch, chicken and egg farm and an organic garden.
- Food Photography Workshop: Look out Instagram! Learn how to create fun, drool-worthy photos of your food in an interactive workshop led by professional photographer Reece Hill.
- “Chopped”-style challenge: The clock is ticking! Can Chef Charles, Southwest Virginia’s food ambassador, complete a dish utilizing every single ingredient in a ‘mystery basket’ provided by the Abingdon Farmers Market? It’s a thrilling race against time, just like the TV show!
- Grand Finale Farm-to-Table Dinner: You can’t spell “CREATE” without “EAT,” and this year’s Festival welcomes the return of our finale culinary experience. An exquisite multi-course dinner made from locally-sourced ingredients, complete with wine and cocktail pairings by master chefs including Hyacinth Barbara (Morgan’s), Steve Gilbert (Morgan’s), Bradley Griffin, Joel Jerkins (JJ’s/Papa Tom’s) and Travis Milton (Taste).
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