This is a Rain or Shine Event

Rain or Shine we will be under the 4800 square foot event tent #onsunnyslopefarm August 2-4, 2019 for the 3rd annual #oyster & #wine #festival.

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#1 FAQ: What is included in the Saturday festival ticket? ANSWER: A wine glass, 1 sample of all 5 oyster preparations, wine tasting from each of the 5 wineries! Plus access to the festival activities, music, food, and craft vendors.

3rd Annual

Oyster & Wine Festival

August 2-4, 2019

The Virginia Oyster Trail is celebrating National Oyster Day and Virginia’s oyster farmers and watermen by uniting Virginia’s coastal region with the Shenandoah Valley in an exquisitely fun weekend at the Oyster & Wine Festival hosted by On Sunny Slope Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.

Proceeds from this event go to the Virginia Oyster Trail. www.virginiaoystertrail.com

Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere Virginia jazz artists.

Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent! Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations – raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the Valley.

On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail.

The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential “journey of discovery” program focused on the Virginia Oyster; highlighting participating watermen/aqua-artisan/aquaculture businesses. The Trail invites community narratives, featuring numerous oyster-related hospitality, creative, culinary, cultural and activity points of interest to extend visitor engagement.  Fundamental to highlighting visitor experiences in an eco-tourism framework the Trail focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits Virginia Oysters have on local economies, with emphasis on community development, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurial growth, health attributes and the cultural integration of Virginia’s distinctive aquaculture and coastal way of life.

Schedule

Friday, August 2, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sponsors Private Farm-to-Fork Dinner

Set in elegant farm fashion, event sponsors will kick off the weekend’s festivities in a private chef appropriated 5-course dinner featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.

“Farm-to-fork” stresses the importance of cooking with the freshest, local, regional and sustainably grown seasonal ingredients and alignment, our chef will combine the bounty of Virginia’s agricultural farms with oysters farmed year ‘round in Virginia’s coastal region.

Friday, August 2, 2019
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

“Oyster Shucking Workshop”

Kick off your festive weekend with a delicious oyster shucking and wine pairing workshop at the farm!

This hands-on experience includes a shucking lesson taught by Virginia’s world champion shucker, Deborah Pratt. You will have lots of practice as you learn how to properly and safely shuck oysters, guided by our expert.

Learn how Virginia oysters are grown, what affects an oyster’s flavor, and how to taste and enjoy the nuances of oysters.  Learn helpful tips on buying, storing and preparing oysters. Explore a variety of condiment techniques.

You will leave as a confident oyster consumer however you choose to eat them: at home, in restaurants, or fresh from Virginia’s coastal region.

The Oyster Shucking Workshop includes:

  • Hands-on instruction for shucking a dozen local oysters,
  • A signature Oyster and Wine Festival shucking knife to take home with you,
  • A pair of shucking gloves, just like Virginia watermen use,
  • A dozen oysters to shuck and enjoy,
  • A cooler bag for your future oyster purchases,
  • Beverages, and
  • A Virginia Oyster Trial recipe guide with a selection of favorite recipes from Trail site members across the Commonwealth.

A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations

Paired with five premiere Virginia winery/vineyards from outside the Valley

Do you need lodging to make the Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm a weekend getaway? We have contracted DISCOUNTED RATES at Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center which is #closest #hotel to Sunny Slope Farm. Enjoy the entire weekend of #oyster, #wine ad #jazz related #events while staying in the #newest hotel in #Harrisonburg #Virginia.
 
Make your reservations now while rooms are still available! http://bit.ly/Discount19OWFest

Saturday, August 3, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3rdAnnual Oyster & Wine Festival

Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere Virginia jazz artists.

Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent!   Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations – raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the valley.

Featured Guests:

Deborah Pratt – 4 Time National Oyster Shucking Champion

Featured Oyster Purveyors/Vendors/Preparations:

#1 Raw Half Shell Oysters:  Big Island Aquaculture

#2 Roasted Half Shell Oysters:  Big Island Aquaculture

#3 Fried Oysters: Byrd’s Seafood Food Truck

#4 Oyster Chowder/Stew:  Cowarts Seafood/Bevan’s Oyster Company

#5 Oysters Rockefeller:  Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms

Featured Wineries:

#1 Mattaponi Winery

#2 Saude Creek Vineyards

 #3 Good Luck Cellars

#4 Williamsburg Winery

#5 Ingleside Vineyards

Featured Performing Artists:

Stephanie Nakasian Trio – Stephanie is an exciting, seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own.  Featured on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, she has toured and performed with many of the “greats” and brings high energy to every performance. and enthralls listeners with her pure tones and flawless delivery. Stephanie engages listeners on a personal level with a love for the music that is playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song.  Stephanie’s trio features guitar virtuoso Chris Whiteman and bassist Karl Kimmel (25 yrs the house bassist at The Homestead, VA) https://www.stephanienakasian.com/

Chris Whiteman – Chris is a jazz guitar virtuoso having performed throughout the United States and Europe.  He has worked with Grammy-winning artists and producers, composed music for film and is an active touring artist. https://www.chriswhitemanmusic.com/

Kipyn Martin –   Kipyn Martin is an emerging and award-winning Indie Folk artist who currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. 2017 saw the release of Kipyn’s second album, Dance Across the Sky, two songs from which earned Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (“Dance Across the Sky” and “God Is Love”). Kipyn also currently tours with duo partner Allison Shapira, performing Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. See kipynmartin.com  or joanandjoni.com  and for more information.

Sunday, August 4, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Valley Meets Bay” Sunday Brunch

Set in family farm fashion, you will delight in a menu featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.

“Farm-to-fork” stresses the importance of cooking with the freshest, local, regional and sustainably grown seasonal ingredients and alignment, our chef will combine the bounty of Virginia’s agricultural farms, where oysters farmed year ‘round in Virginia’s coastal waters.

Proceeds from this feast and fundraiser benefit the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Brunch Includes Meal, two alcoholic beverages and a chance to win a Virginia Oyster Trail Get-Away.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

Proceeds from this event go to the Virginia Oyster Trail.

On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Sponsored by: Virginia is for Lovers