Set your calendars for July 26 to August 5. That’s the second annual Farm-to-Fork Loudoun culinary celebration which brings together Loudoun farmers and chefs, sometimes for the first time. The nearly two dozen participating businesses commit to using at least 70 percent locally sourced produce and meat on special “farm to fork” menus for the 11-day event; customers can wash down all the goodness with fantastic local brews and wines. Familiar names in the local food movement like The Wine Kitchen, Magnolias at the Mill, Tuscarora Mill, and The Restaurant at Patowmack Farms are joined by the Belmont Country Club, Beautiful South, Rangoli, MacDowell Brew Kitchen, Aiyara Thai, and King Pinz.
The aim, according to organizer Miriam Nasuti, is to nurture those sourcing relationships into something more permanent-local businesses and local farms joining forces to give local eaters something to cheer about.
Over in D.C., Think Local First is having its second annual Eat Local First celebration. From July 15 to July 21, the week highlights the farms, restaurants and people who make eating in D.C. such a locavore joy. The celebration culminates in a Farm-to-Street party with local music, beer, wine, and great food by top chefs in the city. Don’t miss the Flavor-sponsored July 18 panel discussion featuring Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin and a host of other leaders in the local food movement.