Blue Ridge Sprouts: Nourish – Savor – Learn
Save the Date!
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
West Oaks Farm Market – Winchester, VA
For Foodies and the whole family!
Tickets Go On Sale in August / Exhibitor Booths On Sale Now!
Celebrate the healthy and robust lifestyle of the Shenandoah Valley!
Enjoy great food and learn from culinary and wellness experts
Demonstrations, cooking competitions, workshops, storytelling and more await!
Mark your calendar for Blue Ridge Sprouts, the 1st Annual Root to Table Festival! Sprouts mission is to promote the healthy and robust lifestyle the Shenandoah Valley provides. We will do all of this while also raising funds for charities assisting families in need.
In support of “Nourish – Savor – Learn,” Blue Ridge Sprouts will embrace the power of food and community to enhance life. Taste of Blue Ridge and its sister community, VA Kids Trail, are joining forces to bring together a culinary community committed to local sourcing as well as businesses centered around the Trail’s mission to highlight community wellness. The VA Kids Trail highlights the Shenandoah Valley lifestyle in the areas of action, heritage and culture.
This fun-filled, educational celebration for ages 8 to 80 will attract attendees from the Valley, WV Panhandle, Northern VA and Washington, DC. Anticipated attendance is over 3000! Attendees will experience not only wonderful, sustainable food prepared in fresh and unique ways, they’ll also meet this vibrant culinary community in person.
- Families, couples, and individuals looking to live a locally sourced, active lifestyle
- Food lovers wanting to learn more culinary skills
- Gardening enthusiasts
- Movement followers wishing to work on their longevity and optimization.
Simply put Blue Ridge Sprouts embraces “Growing stuff, Eating stuff, and Doing stuff” finding the best the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
Is your business involved with the healthy and robust Shenandoah Valley way of life? Whether you’re part of the “real food” movement, agri-tourism, outdoor adventure, or a business that believes in a well balanced lifestyle, then you’ll want to be a part of Sprouts! Exclusive marketing sponsorship packages and exhibit spaces are available. Let’s start a conversation about how your business can benefit from participating in this important community event.
*Special thanks to Lydia’s Fields at Wheatland for our cover photo*
Introducing Our Celebrity Speakers for “Blue Ridge Sprouts”
“Blue Ridge Sprouts” Supported Charities
Competitions and Contests
Making an Apple Pie: Pick your own ingredients in the orchard, visit a dairy making your butter, go to a miller for the flour and have our chefs help you make your own pie! Presented by Twin Ridge Orchards
Pick your Vegetables and Win: Watch 3 chefs pairing up with 3 guests compete for the best Vegetarian dish Presented by Hillbrook Inn & Spa
Family Obstacle Course: Presented by Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
Our Heritage through old time games: Have fun competing in our egg race, be the best pig caller, and more.
Each exhibit booth will offer a fun activity. Here are a few:
Making a Fairy Garden: Massanutten Resort
Watch Cider being made and buy a quart to take home: Mackintosh Fruit Farm
Scavenger Hunt – Take a trip around West Oaks to complete the Chick-fil-A Scavenger Hunt! During the Hunt you will learn how Chick-fil-A keeps health and nutrition top of mind when it comes to food preparation!
Animals and Farm Equipment – Meet farmers raising beef, pork, and chicken and learn the ways they are making their product healthy.
Microgreens/Lettuce/Pea Planting – Begin with the seeds, learn the different stages of growth. Plant your own and take home – A Farm Less Ordinary
Food Artisans – from honey, preserves, pickling and to great sauces and more.
Demonstrations and Workshops
Container and Raised Bed Gardening: Sustainability Matters’ favorite English gardener, Paula Brownlee, gives you the basics of growing your own food in small spaces (even when you don’t have a garden at all!). Start planning now and be ready for spring. – Sustainability Matters
Knife skills: Chef Marcus Repp will be honing your skills using a knife. Two levels – kids and adults.
Unlock the Secret to Putting Together a “WOW” Menu: Faced with another boring dinner, let these chefs share their secrets on how to kick it up a notch!Taste of Blue Ridge Top Chefs
Composting Demo & Worm Petting Zoo: Learn the do’s and don’ts of composting and meet some hard-working worms! – Sustainability Matters
Butcher for a Day: Learn about the various cuts of beef and pork and how to cook them – Burner Beef
Edible Landscapes: Join Sustainability Matters’ Executive Director, Sari Carp, to learn how to incorporate stunning edibles into your landscape design, making your yard more beautiful, more eco-friendly, and more fun. – Sustainability Matters
The Art of Grafting: Discover how new varieties of fruit are made. – Mackintosh Fruit Farm
Keep warm as the weather turns cool this autumn, Blue Ridge Sprouts will presenting a vibrant food experience for our festival attendees. The menu is inspired by our farmer’s favorite harvest crops with a twist from our top chefs. Get ready to enjoy the perfect pairing for these vibrant vegetables and roasted fall meats, all locally sourced.
Participating Chefs include –
West Oaks Farm Market
About West Oaks Farm Market
Experience 10th Generation Farming at it’s best in historic Winchester, VA!
West Oaks Farm Market offers acres of fruit trees including apples, peaches, cherries, plums, & nectarines. We also have fields of vegetables including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, & a WHOLE lot more! The great crops grow to peak ripeness, then will be harvested, packed, and delivered straight to you!
Plan your weekend around this great destination
Taste of Blue Ridge has a line up of award-winning hotel and resort partners here in the Shenandoah Valley. Many partners are offering packages as well as shuttles to the event. Itinerary ideas are listed for each lodging location so you can plan a weekend around this Root to Table Family Food Festival. Winchester, VA is just over an hour from Dulles International Airport and an hour from Washington DC.
Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Patrick Woznak D.D.S PC
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
“We are excited to be a part of this unique family festival for a number of reasons. As a locally-based community bank, F&M is wholeheartedly invested in the Shenandoah Valley economy, where our employees and customers live, work and play. Community is one of our company’s core values, which has driven corporate philanthropy and decision making since the humble beginnings of Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1908. While many things have changed over the past 113 years, we remain more committed than ever to the success of the agricultural industry, small business ventures, and the nonprofit sector. With that in mind, the Community Brand sponsorship for Root to Table made a great deal of sense to us.” – F&M Bank