Orange bound: Incredible Edible Food Fest

The self-evidently named Edible Food Fest in Orange, a one-day homage to the farm-to-table movement that launched last year, attracting more than 3,500 people to downtown Orange, is back again on Saturday, August 10.

Indeed, Central Virginia has become a breeding ground for the local food movement in the last decade or so, with an abundance of local farms, food artisans, food authors, and local food advocates and experts contributing to the scene. All that will be on display in Orange. In addition to cooking demos by local chefs like Ian Boden of Glass Haus Kitchen, Aaron Cross of Fossett's, and Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm, the fest is loaded with dynamic speakers. Tom Burford, commonly known as "Professor Apple," will tell you everything you need to know about the biblical fruit. Beer master Taylor Smack of Blue Mountain Brewery gives a beer lecture, and local author Jackson Landers, who made a name for himself teaching liberals to hunt deer responsibly and eat invasive animal and insect species, shares his adventures. UVA's Tanya Denckla Cobb, author of Reclaiming Our Food, noted educator and farmer Leni Sorensen, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange leader Ira Wallace will also share their knowledge and insight.

And, of course, there will be music, with Terri Allard, Michael Coleman and Adrienne Young Ramsey.

Oh, and did we mention there will be food? Step into the Fest's Edna Lewis Dining Court and you'll find a smorgasbord of treats from our area's best farms and restaurants. Plus, there's a market where you can buy tons of food-related products. And get this— there's a "chat room" tent where you can have one-on-one discussions with sustainable living experts. Oh, there will also be a "Kids Station," with games, organic ice pops, and pizza-making.

To find out more about this edible extravaganza, visit the Fest's website at

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