Thomas Jefferson, our most epicurean president and a revolutionary gardener, championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture.
The 13th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, hosted by Monticello in partnership with Seed Savers Exchange and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, celebrates Jefferson’s legacy, and the culinary contributions of Monticello’s enslaved gardeners and chefs, including James Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings, and Edith Fossett.
The festival attracts top food, farm and garden speakers, and features roughly 25 programs on sustainable farming, farm-to-table cuisine and the preservation of heritage plants. The 2019 Heritage Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 21, at Monticello, on the historic West Lawn.
In the spotlight this year is Monticello Farm Table – an innovative café now open in David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.
Monticello Farm Table serves enticing dishes incorporating heirloom fruits and vegetables grown in Monticello’s own gardens in addition to other fresh, sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients. Iconic American chef, activist and author Alice Waters is this year’s honorary festival co-chair.
“We are delighted to welcome Alice Waters back to the mountaintop,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, Monticello’s president. “Thanks to her insights and advocacy, Monticello Farm Table menus showcase the very best of Charlottesville’s local food suppliers.
Tickets are available at www.heritageharvestfestival.com along with a full list of festival offerings. You can buy online and save.