Get a taste of the valley on Saturday

MOUNT JACKSON – Shenandoah Forum and Cave Ridge Vineyard are hosting the Taste of Shenandoah on Saturday.

Vicki Ruckman, event coordinator for the Taste of the Shenandoah, expressed the importance of bringing awareness to the farm-to-table movement.

“This used to be a small event,” she said. “It started out as something fun for a few local producers to get together and do.”

Seven years later, she said, the event has expanded to include multiple vendors, live music and a beautiful view of the vineyard and mountains.

Visitors will be able to sample fresh local cuisine while enjoying pairings with locally produced libations from Cave Ridge Vineyard, Swover Creek Farm Brewery and Woodstock Brewhouse, Ruckman said.

Local producers will provide appetizers incorporating their own fruit, cheeses, meats and breads, which will all be available for sale.

Vendors include Baker Farms, Country Rhodes Farm, Fairview Oaks Farm, Henry’s Hot Sauce, J&W Farm, Mainstreet Farmstead Cheese, Shenandoah Spice Co., Swover Creek Farms, Ree’s Treats, and Terry the Cookie Man.

Live music will feature local musicians Randy Black and Becca Gogue from Broadway.

New this year, Shenandoah Wine Tours will provide shuttle transportation for $15 from Woodstock to the event. “This will give visitors the opportunity to really appreciate the food and beverages without worrying about parking,” Ruckman said.

Proceeds from the Taste of Shenandoah go to the Shenandoah Forum: a local nonprofit whose mission includes retaining the agricultural and historic character of Shenandoah County in order to promote a sustainable economy and high quality of life. Over the past two years Cave Ridge has donated over $6,000 to the forum.

Tickets are $25 and includes 14 food and wine/beer pairings. Tickets are available at the gate, but Ruckman urges guests to purchase them early.

“We want this event to bring an awareness to local food and the farm economy,” Ruckman said. “By hosting it, we introduce consumers to local products and their producers.”

If You Go

When: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Location: Cave Ridge Vineyard, 1476 Conicville Road, Mount Jackson.

Tickets: www.CaveRidge.com.