A TASTE OF APPALACHIA’S FUTURE
Chef Travis Milton epitomizes Appalachia, and we’re the better for that. His acclaimed meals and restaurants have made him one of the most celebrated chefs working in the Southeast. He’s brought the same passion to revitalizing his native Southwest Virginia that he has to creating his delicious menus. His cooking fuses tradition and innovation, illuminating the abundance and deliciousness of the region’s foodways. Part culinary artist, part activist, Chef Milton strives to serve delectable meals that also o er insight into the history and culture of the region. “I don’t want to be somewhere else cooking Appalachian food, preaching it, and benefiting from it. Being home, working with farmers at home, putting my money where my heart is means I’m part of the forward movement.”
On Saturday June 17th, Travis Milton will prepare a meal that celebrates both cherished past and bright future at the Western Front Hotel in his newly revitalized hometown of St. Paul, Virginia—in the heart of coal country. He will be joined by James Beard Foundation Book of The Year award winner Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Dori Freeman at this Feastival celebrating “history, heritage and revitalization.”. Event organizers Jean Haskell and Katie Ho man of Bespoke Appalachia promise that each Feastival will o er delicious fare grounded solidly in Appalachian tradition, as well as extraordinary accompanying music and art. Says Hoffman, “Each Feastival will o er its own specific spin on farm-to-table plus design. These will be an immersion in local culture and artistry.” Each Feastival has a themed design that accents interesting aspects of Appalachian spirit and creativity.
LIFTING THE SPIRITS WITH DOWN HOME HOSPITALITY
On Sunday June 11th, historic Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church will host an afternoon of faith, food, community and music, in Hillsville, Virginia. This Feastival will feature a delicious dinner-on-the-grounds-style meal and Ronni Lundy will discuss Appalachian food traditions and shared recipe hunting experiences with Libby Bondurant, co-author of Grazing Along the Crooked Road. Bluegrass prodigies Changing Lanes and old-time music masters Mac Traynham and Edwin Lacy will join forces to provide the perfect musical complement to the meal. This Feastival will reflect the abundance of Appalachian farms and the tradition of hospitality and generosity that keeps this kind of after-church fellowship gathering so vital across Southwest Virginia. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the family for an afternoon of great food, wonderful music, and a heaping helping of Appalachian hospitality.
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SOPHISTICATION
Located on 12,000 acres at an elevation of 3,000 feet near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the village of Meadows of Dan, luxury resort Primland encompasses mountain vistas, woods and a scenic bend of the Dan River. In 2015, it was named one of the best resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure. On Tuesday, June 13, it will host a one-of-a-kind Feastival featuring Appalachian haute cuisine.
This “Appalachian Elegance” themed Feastival at Primland will commence with cocktails on the terrace, followed by a sumptuous multi-course meal designed by Chef Ernest Bledsoe, featuring game dishes and seasonal, locally-sourced produce. Ronni Lundy, featured author and speaker for the complete Feastival series, will offer commentary on how the elegant fare reflects Appalachian culinary tradition. After dinner, guests will be treated to a performance by powerhouse performer Amythyst Kiah, a self-described “Southern Gothic, alt-country, blues singer/songwriter.”
Tickets and More Info at www.mtnsofmusic.com.