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Oyster & Wine Festival at On Sunny Slope Farm

Calendar   Virginia Oyster Trail
Location On Sunny Slope Farm
Date Friday, August 2, 2019 (all day)
Duration   3 days
Cost Varies by day and activity
Description

The Virginia Oyster Trail is celebrating National Oyster Day and Virginia’s oyster farmers and watermen by uniting Virginia’s coastal region with the Shenandoah Valley in an exquisitely fun weekend at the Oyster & Wine Festival hosted by On Sunny Slope Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.

Thanks to all our Sponsors! Especially: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center , iHeartRadio , Blue Ridge Insurance Services Inc., Northern Neck Tourism, Visit Harrisonburg Virginia , Chesapeake Bay Foundation—Virginia , Bank of the James , Virginia is for Lovers

Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere performing artists.

Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent! Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations - raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the Valley.

Special Guest: Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion

Proceeds from this event go to the Virginia Oyster Trail. www.virginiaoystertrail.com

On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail. The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential “journey of discovery” program focused on the Virginia Oyster; highlighting participating watermen/aqua-artisan/aquaculture businesses. The Trail invites community narratives, featuring numerous oyster-related hospitality, creative, culinary, cultural and activity points of interest to extend visitor engagement. Fundamental to highlighting visitor experiences in an eco-tourism framework the Trail focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits Virginia Oysters have on local economies, with emphasis on community development, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurial growth, health attributes and the cultural integration of Virginia’s distinctive aquaculture and coastal way of life.

Do you need lodging to make it a weekend getaway? We have contracted for DISCOUNTED RATES at Hotel Madison conveniently located 3.5 miles away from the Sunny Slope Farm. Make your reservations now while rooms are still available! http://bit.ly/Discount19OWFest

Friday, August 2, 2019
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Workshop

Kick off your festive weekend with a delicious oyster shucking and wine pairing workshop at the farm!

This hands-on experience includes a shucking lesson taught by Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion, Deborah Pratt. You will have lots of practice as you learn how to properly and safely shuck oysters, guided by our expert.

Learn how Virginia oysters are grown, what affects an oyster’s flavor, and how to taste and enjoy the nuances of oysters. Learn helpful tips on buying, storing and preparing oysters. Explore a variety of condiment techniques.

You will leave as a confident oyster consumer however you choose to eat them: at home, in restaurants, or fresh from Virginia’s coastal region.

  • The Oyster Shucking Workshop includes:
  • Hands-on instruction for shucking a dozen local oysters,
  • A signature Oyster and Wine Festival shucking knife to take home with you,
  • A shucking glove, just like Virginia watermen use,
  • A dozen oysters to shuck and enjoy,
  • Beverages
  • A Virginia Oyster Trial recipe guide with a selection of favorite recipes from Trail site members across the Commonwealth.

Friday, August 2, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors Private Farm-to-Fork Dinner

Set in elegant farm fashion, event sponsors will kick off the weekend’s festivities in a private chef appropriated 5-course dinner featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.

“Farm-to-fork” stresses the importance of cooking with the freshest, local, regional and sustainably grown seasonal ingredients and alignment, our chef will combine the bounty of Virginia’s agricultural farms with oysters farmed year ‘round in Virginia’s coastal region.

Saturday, August 3, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Oyster & Wine Festival

Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere Virginia jazz artists.

Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent! Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations - raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the valley.

Featured Guest: Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion

Featured Virginia Oyster Purveyors and Vineyard/Wineries

  • Raw Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture
  • Roasted Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture
  • Fried Oysters: Byrd’s Seafood Foodtruck
  • Oyster Stew: Cowarts/Bevan’s Oyster Company
  • Oysters Rockefeller: Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Saude Creek Vineyards
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Ingleside Vineyards



Featured Performing Artists:

  • Stephanie Nakasian Trio
  • Chris Whiteman
  • Kipyn Martin

Sunday, Aug 4

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Valley Meets Bay” Sunday Brunch

Set in family farm fashion, you will delight in a menu featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.

“Farm-to-fork” stresses the importance of cooking with the freshest, local, regional and sustainably grown seasonal ingredients and alignment, our chef will combine the bounty of Virginia’s agricultural farms, where oysters farmed year ‘round in Virginia’s coastal waters.

Brunch Includes:

  • Meal, two alcoholic beverages and a chance to win a Virginia Oyster Trail Get-Away.
  • Silent Auction

Opportunity to win the Northern Neck Virginia Oyster Trail Getaway

  • Ma Margaret’s House 2 Nights in the Master Suite with Breakfast
  • Horn Harbor Restaurant Dinner for Two
  • Private Guided Oyster Nursery Tour
  • Tickets to the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum
  • Tangier Cruise Daytrip Tickets for Two to Tangier Island

On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail. Proceeds from this feast and fundraiser benefit the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Additional Info Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oyster-wine-festival-2019-on-sunny-slope-farm-tickets-61335088902
Event Phone 540-830-5400
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