The Feastival at Primland: Appalachian Elegance


Primland Resort

2000 Busted Rock Rd., Meadows of Dan VA

Crooked Road Concerts


5:30 PM

Spectacular is the only word to describe a Homecoming Feastival at Primland, Southwest Virginia’s magnificent mountain resort. Come enjoy Appalachian haute cuisine in a historic hunting preserve, where we’ll celebrate Appalachia’s cutting edge cuisine—and its music, of course. Located on 12,000 acres at an elevation of 3,000 feet near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the village of Meadows of Dan, this luxurious and pristine estate encompasses mountain vistas, woods and fields that are home to deer, bear, quail, pheasant, turkeys, and other of the rich flora and fauna of Southern Appalachia. The nearby Dan River brims with wild brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Driving the seven-mile entrance road into Primland brings you into a world of views that leave you gasping, yet into a forest haven that gives you a sense of tranquility.
One of Primland’s primary commitments is good stewardship of this land that has been sacred to Native Americans and mountain folk for generations. Natural, local materials were used in the construction of the lodge, which won the best designed resort in the world in 2015 by Travel and Leisure magazine. The resort is also a LEED-certified resort for its attention to “green” building techniques.” With a nod to farms in the local area, a giant silo anchors the lodge and houses the powerful telescope that searches the resort’s dark skies to reveal planets and galaxies to guests. The resort spa is a tribute to local Native American traditions in décor and ambiance.
After cocktails in the open air, surrounded by music from along the Crooked Road and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, guests will enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Stables Saloon, a charming dining space in the old stables of the original property.
The Feastival at Primland, prepared by Executive Chef Ernest Bledsoe, will feature game and fish dishes, locally-sourced produce, and the resort’s famous “pig candy,” crisp bacon strips cooked in Virginia maple syrup and brown sugar, then piqued with cayenne pepper. The forest-to-table meal will include ingredients foraged from the mountainsides such as ramps or morel mushrooms, blackberries, or spring onions gathered from the fields.
After learning a bit about the fascinating history of Primland, our featured speaker, renowned food writer, Ronni Lundy, will entertain and enlighten us with stories of woodland foods, Native American influences on Appalachian foodways, hunting and game dishes, and other mouth-watering mountain victuals (pronounced “vittles” and the title of her recent book, Victuals). She will also tell us how Appalachian food has become one the country’s most celebrated regional cuisines within the world of haute cuisine.
Capping off this evening of cutting edge Appalachian creativity is a concert by singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, who embodies the Mountain of Music Homecoming theme of “The Year We Sang.” Like Primland, Amythyst honors old musical traditions but in the most innovative ways. She describes herself as a “Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter,” and she accompanies her powerful voice with guitar and clawhammer banjo. Since graduating from East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music program 2012, Amythyst has made recordings, formed a five-piece blues rock band (Amythyst Kiah and Her Chest of Glass), and performed often for Crooked Road events, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Music City Roots. One music writer proclaimed that “Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music,” which makes her perfect for this Primland evening of tradition and innovation.
After the dinner and concert, tours of the main lodge and the observatory will be available for those who want to drink in more of what Primland has to offer. And the Pub will be open for after-glow conversations. Guests will go home with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the glories of Appalachia plus a tangible handcrafted remembrance created by Southwest Virginia juried artisan, Ann Childress, of ‘Round the Mountain. Join us at Primland for an elegant and spectacular summer evening!
Event craft sponsors are Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church, Draper Mercantile, and Mill Creek Creative.