For fans of antique/heirloom apple varieties, Slow Food appears to have set up a great event October 29 and 30 at Rural Ridge Orchards just outside Charlottesville.
From the website:
Tree Of Knowledge Apples the Noblest of Fruits A two-day harvest celebration Honoree Tom Burford At Vintage Virginia Apples In North Garden, VA
Slow Food Virginia will present a harvest celebration for Americas favorite fruit at Vintage Virginia Apples at Rural Ridge Farm in North Garden. This event will also honor Tom Burford, a Virginia native, known to many as Professor Apple, who presents apple tastings. lectures, and workshops at Monticello, Old Sturbridge Village, and other national historic sites. Housed in the big top tent will be the events keynote educational activity - four apple tasting sessions. Here attendees will have the rare chance to experience the diverse pleasure of rare flavors of over forty distinctive apple varieties. Two sessions will focus on classic Slow Food Ark apples grown here in the Mid-Atlantic states and other will sample New Englands finest apples. A special tasting session for Children will include apple stories made famous in history and apple lore; while the final Tasting will take a forward look at: Apples of the Future. Applemaster, Mr. Burford, will be joined by other fruit growing experts including: Michael Phillips organic orchardist from New England, Charlotte Shelton, of Vintage Virginia Apples; and Ben Watson, from New Hampshire who will also be the keynote speaker for this events Friday evening reception described below. On October 29th, the evening prior to this harvest celebration, Slow Food Virginia will host a by invitation only lecture reception with author and editor of Chelsea Green Publishing, Ben Watson speaking on: Sex and the Single Apple. Desserts created by area chefs using Vintage Virginia Apples will follow and there will be a tasting of artisanal ciders and pommeaux. The event will also feature a Cider Tasting Parlor where guests may sample and purchase domestic artisanal ciders, and fresh cider from area cidermakers. There will also be home cidermaking equipment on display. Elsewhere in Vintage Virginia Apples Rural Ridge Orchard, therell be tented exhibitors with handmade and culinary items; fine collectibles, and food related and botanic art books Concessionaires offer local foods and box lunches for lunchtime enjoyment as well as others will be selling homemade fruit products and other specialty foods from Virginia.
Saturday, October 30th - 9:30 am 5:30 pm - rain or shine Event Tickets for October 30th are Singles $20, Couples $35 and Apple Tasting $10 per person with children under 12 years free. For more information on this event please call Slow Food Virginias voice mail 434-971-5576 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org