This past weekend, I was able to attend Farm to Fork for the first time, an event I’d heard a lot about in the past couple of years. It’s basically a celebration of the restaurant-farmer relationships of the fantastic food scene we are blessed with in the NC Piedmont and of course, a fundraiser, too. Over thirty different chefs and bakers pair up with one or more farms and offer small samples of scrumptious food to the attendees with the proceeds from tickets sales and the live and silent auction going to CEFS and PLANT (I don’t know anything about them, sorry).
What happens at Farm to Fork? It’s held in a field, and wise attendees bring chairs, a table, and some form of umbrella to fight off the strong sun. I brought a chair, so I was a third of the way to a perfect afternoon. Luckily, this event was not crazy crowded, but as with all events that involve going up to stands and taking small samples of food or drink, it’s astute to arrive early so you don’t miss out if someone runs out of their food later. A great music ensemble played with a gypsy jazz feel while we all strolled around, grabbing food where we could. Both chefs and farmers were more than happy to talk about their offerings. The only way to spend more money than the $60 entry fee was to drink 3 Cups wine or Fullsteam’s beer. I’ve wanted to try Fullsteam’s brews forever, because I’m not a beer drinker, but how can I resist trying a beer made from sweet potato, rhubarb, or parsnip? I went with the Pastinaak Parsnip Ale as I was told it was the hoppiest, and I must say, I liked it. It still took me forever to drink a full glass (I’d like beer better in half portions), but it was nice and refreshing, especially on a warm day like Sunday.by