The 10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello was truly a celebration of the local harvest and a Jefferson inspired love of gardening. From the fresh tomatoes, peppers and melons picked from the trial gardens of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (a co-founder of the Heritage Harvest Festival) and Jam According to Daniel to local fruits, there was a plethora of fresh, delicious local produce and products for visitors to taste and take home. The festival showcased the many talented local food and drink vendors the Charlottesville area has to offer through the tastings, workshops and talks that took place over the three days of the festival. Ira Wallace, a founding member of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, pictured above, gave a talk on how to create a garden capable of providing produce during each season.
Inspired by Jefferson’s many passions, we enjoyed celebrating the day’s theme with the local farm-to-table community. We were pleased to join other sponsors and share Charlottesville Wine & Country Living and Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.
The many modern and historic talks and workshops drew crowds throughout the day. Visitors could learn about the history of Monticello and tour the gardens and buildings, as well as learn about food and agricultural practices. Many local and notable chefs gave talks and demonstrations including Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington.
The Beer and Wine Garden was popular with guests, allowing them to taste local beer from Three Notch’d Brewing Company, cider from Bold Rock and Albemarle Ciderworks, and wine from Blenheim Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Horton Vineyards and Jefferson Vineyards.
The Heritage Harvest Festival offered something for everyone—a petting zoo, a variety of local food, handcrafted items, a tasting tent with fresh produce and Monticello tours. The three-day event was an opportunity to learn more about the farm-to-table movement and home gardening practices.
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