CRITZ, Va. — The Reynolds Homestead here, in partnership with One Family Productions, will be celebrating its sixth-annual Bushels and Barrels Local Food Wine and Beer Festival June 14-16.
“Celebrating all things local, the event has grown from a one-day concert to a three-day event featuring a local foods farm-to-table dinner, homebrew competition, a sustainability workshop, and the festival event itself,” the organization said in a statement announcing the event.
The annual gathering will host a variety of items from around the region including food, wineries, breweries, arts, crafts, farmers, producers and live music.
A new addition to Bushels and Barrels this year is the farm-to-table dinner featuring a beer tasting sponsored by Foothills Brewing. The Culinary Department at Patrick Henry Community College under the direction of Chef Bob Koester will provide a locally sourced dinner.
“Foothills Brewing will pair their signature beers with the mouthwatering menu. The food used to create this menu is locally sourced from multiple local farms and producers,” the group said. “This dinner will be limited to 50 participants and will sell out quickly. Be sure to get your tickets early.”
Tickets are $35 each, and the three-course meal includes fresh green salad, a deconstructed grass-fed beef burger served on a bed of local greens, topped with Buffalo Creek crumbled queso cheese and drizzled with a vinaigrette sauce, grilled seasonal vegetables, and finished off with strawberry shortcake.
Foothills Brewing will pair three of their newest beers with each course, and additional beer will be available for purchase. Clark Gas & Oil is the title sponsor for the dinner.
The event will be held at the Stuart Farmer’s Market pavilion, 301 Chestnut Ave., Stuart, Virginia.
The festival’s Kickoff Concert will be held Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Homestead featuring The Kind Thieves and Erin and the Wildfire. At 8 p.m. the winners of the inaugural No Business Mountain Homebrew Competition will be announced.
That Saturday begins with the fifth-annual Sustainability Workshop featuring sessions in Backyard Chickens, Foraging and Cultivating Mushrooms, Creating a Sustainable Landscape, Beginning Homebrewing, and Growing Native Plants in Virginia. The workshop will run from 8 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by Clark Brothers Company, workshop sessions are $10 each or folks can purchase the full workshop for $30.
At noon, move out to the Homestead grounds for the Bushels and Barrels Local Food Wine and Beer Festival. The music begins at 12:30 with Waiting to Exhale, followed by the Hackensaw Boys and Groova Scape. The largest selection of local Virginia beers will be available as well as wines from Stanburn Winery and Preston Ridge. Several food vendors will be on site and as always, a great selection of local vendors from which to shop.
Tickets are available for individual events, and packages for the full Bushels and Barrels experience are also on sale. To learn more or to purchase tickets online, visit www.bushelsandbarrels.weebly.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Reynolds Homestead.