Saturday, June 9: “Unexpected History”
at the Bolling Wilson Hotel in Wytheville, VA.
Are you a foodie who’s also a history buff? This Feastival features the delicious work of Chef J. C. Botero of Graze on Main, located in the historic Bolling Wilson Hotel. Chef Botero has put together a menu that shows the surprising diversity of Wytheville’s people, including a delicious collard-and-potato empanada and a dessert from the recipe files of an American First Lady. As you dine with us, you’ll learn more about the little-known but interesting aspects of this Southwest Virginia destination—famous for its pie safes and other furniture, home to a thriving African American community, and birthplace of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson. Who knew? And our after-dinner concert will feature the fabulous Glorylanders of New River Valley.
Wednesday, June 13: “Haute Cuisine and High Adventure”
at Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, VA.
Work up an appetite outdoors birding, hiking, or zip-lining in beautiful Breaks Park. Or visiting the nearby Ralph Stanley Museum. Or just relaxing in one of Virginia’s most gorgeous locations, also known as “The Grand Canyon of the South.” Then join us for the mouth-watering New Appalachian Cuisine of Chef Dale Hawkins, known for his show on West Virginia Public Television, The Appalachian Food Evangelist. Hawkins’ food never fails to surprise and please, delivering the best of Appalachian ingredients and served with his own distinctive artistic flair. It’s a fusion of the tastiest Appalachian-grown ingredients with Hawkins’ interest in other culinary traditions. After dinner, the Mike Mitchell Trio will share their deliciously innovative take on Appalachian music.
Saturday, June 16: “Imagine. Gather. Create.”
At Draper Mercantile, Draper, VA.
Let’s gather in Draper! It’s a beautiful place and a great example of how small mountain towns can revitalize themselves based on Appalachian values: hospitality, beauty, and community. Chef T. (Torrece Gregoire) has planned a delectable menu that highlights the West African echoes that add flavor and texture to the Appalachian tradition. Does she look familiar? You might recognize her as the runner-up on season 14 of theHell’s Kitchen TV series. After dinner, you’ll enjoy the stellar musicianship of two of The Crooked Road’s stellar artists: Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. Stay overnight (or several nights) in one of many beautiful short-stay cabins or rooms, convenient to bicycling, shopping, dining, hiking, and many more Mountains of Music Homecoming concerts and cultural events.