The first annual Jefferson’s Virginia Summer Festival officially kicks off today, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for our Vineyard-to-Table dinner next Thursday, May 28 in celebration of the Jefferson Heritage Trail and our culinary heritage.

We are excited to announce that Virginia Distillery will be joining us for a cocktail demo featuring a beautiful malt whisky from the Highlands of Scotland finished in Virginia port-stye wine casks. VA Distillery is the newest member of the Jefferson Heritage Trail, and the distillery will be open to the public later this summer. Keeping with the local theme, they’ll be mixing up cocktails using fresh mint and herbs cut straight from our gardens.

Our evening will begin with three outdoor activities on the Veranda, Lawn and Chef’s Garden. Caroline Rust, our new Director of Operations, will lead a tour of our Chef’s Garden. Caroline has a strong passion for the culinary arts (she graduated from Johnson & Wales University), the slow food movement, and sustainability (she comes to us from James Madison University where she directed their sustainability program)! Our Executive Chef Bill Scatena will lead a cooking demo (and tasting, too!) featuring freshly picked herbs from our Chef’s Garden. Dan Fitzhenry, the VA Distillery Director of Operations, will shake things up with a cocktail demo on the Veranda.

Following the tour and demos, we will all join together in the Tasting Room for our three-course dinner prepared by Chef Scatena. Our Winemaker Ben Jordan will provide tasting notes for the Pippin Hill wines.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the evening’s schedule!

6 – 6:30 pm: Welcome cocktails + canapés on the Veranda
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Garden Tour, Cocktail Demo, and Cooking Demo
7:30 – 9 pm: Dinner in the Tasting Room

We have just a few more tickets available. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit our ticketing page. It’s going to be such a fabulous evening!

Please note that this is a ticketed event. All attendees must purchase ticket in advance. Onsite ticket sales will not be available.

Photo Credit: Emily Sacco

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