Friday, June 25, 2010

Festival. Wine. Food. Virginia.

Central Viriginia is an experience.
Within a 50 mile radius of the campus, there are over 15 vineyards, 10 picturesque B&Bs, the Blue Ridge Parkway, countless historical sites, and a number of delicious and unique local restaurants.

So, when it was time once again for Lazy Days Winery's "Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival," I was super stoked - because it brings together many of the area's local gems all under one roof. Or barn, in this case. It was also the perfect place to promote our upcoming shows.

Vineyards from all over Central VA were represented, including Flying Fox, Afton Mountain, and Mountain Cove, but I found myself revisiting Rebec and Cardinal Point. Rebec's Viognier is sweet and crisp, and has the slightest hint of a sparkle, while Cardinal Point's A6 is rich and fruity.

One of my favorite Nelson County Farmer's Market vendors was also there selling his fabulous creations. The Rock Barn is a local catering company that uses fresh local ingredients. Ben Thompson, chef and owner, brought his best to Solstice. His curried potato empanadas with cumin creme and pesto were a splendid departure from the traditional festival food.

Solstice also boasted an impressive music lineup, including some blues, rock, and americana. The stand-out act was the husband/wife duo band, The Honey Dewdrops - sort of Alison Krauss meets Swell Season. Check out the music clips on their website - amazing harmonies.

The moral of my story is this: when you come to see an Endstation production, take some time to explore all that Central Virginia has to offer.

Ashley Zach, Communications Director

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