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Celebrate America’s “First Foodie”

Celebrate America’s “First Foodie”
Photo Courtesy of Heritage Harvest Festival


Next month you can look forward to hearing all about the research we did on our “Eater-in-Chief’s” Presidential palates—from Washington’s preference for a promptly-served meal, to Lyndon B. Johnson’s buttermilk addiction. In the meantime, we have a great way for you to do a little Presidential palate exploration on your own at the Heritage Harvest Festival.

On September 15th, food-lovers are invited to the idyllic setting of Monticello to celebrate the harvest and legacy of revolutionary gardener, Thomas Jefferson. Known as America’s “first foodie”, Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture—culinary concepts that certainly deserve celebration.

The 6th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, hosted by The Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, will offer an exciting list of events to teach you more about sustainable agriculture and the history of Monticello. Whether you wish to bask in the beauty of Jefferson’s plantation, pick up some valuable tips on organic gardening and seed-saving, or watch cooking demonstrations by some of Charlottesville’s most acclaimed chefs, the festival promises to be a day of home-grown fun.

We can’t think of a more beautiful place to learn a little more about sustainable harvests and our Founding Father’s agricultural practices. Put it in your calendars, Southern foodies, the Heritage Harvest Festival is one you won’t want to miss.

Photo courtesy of Heritage Harvest Festival
Photo courtesy of Heritage Harvest Festival

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