Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts

Sometimes it’s hard to find events for those ‘tweens and teens. If you have kids ages 8-15, then get ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts, a festival for “foodies” and the whole family!

Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts

Blue Ridge Sprouts Family Food FestivalBlue Ridge Sprouts  celebrates locally sourced food, agricultural heritage, and environmental sustainability. The fun takes place Saturday, November 6, 11:30am – 5pm, at West Oaks Farm Market in Winchester, VA.  

Sprouts brings together top culinary talent, including a former White House Chef and a Food TV Winner, farmers, food artisans, and other related businesses and organizations. Throughout the day, enjoy contests, workshops, demonstrations, story times, and interactive exhibits. Just don’t tell your kids they’re learning! Here’s a rundown of events so you can get ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts.

“Nourish, Savor, Learn” with Family Friendly Events

Meet a Culinary Gold Medalist – Rich Rosendale: Renowned Master Chef and culinary entrepreneur Rich Rosendale headlines the festival. Chef Rich led the United States to a gold medal at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or, an international competition and celebration of chefs.  He’s competed in over 50 culinary events and appeared on the Emmy-nominated Recipe Rehab. And he’s the owner of popular Roots 657 in Leesburg. Hear his thoughts on food and sustainability. 

“Sprout to Finish” Cooking Competition: Kashif Brown of Ridgewells Catering (a former White House Chef), Taste of Blue Ridge Top Chef Jan Van Haute of Hillbrook Inn & Spa, and Santosh Tiptur of The Conche (a Food TV Winner) team up with three young kitchen wizards to see who has the best vegetarian dish. (Sponsored by Hillbrook Inn & Spa)

Test Your Baking Knowledge at Blue Ridge SproutsApple Baking Trivia Game: Parent/kids duos test their knowledge – and baking skills – and walk away with a homemade apple turnover or pie and prizes. There are a limited number of spots, so sign up on Eventbrite when you book your tickets. 

Go On a Nutritional Scavenger Hunt: “Fast food” gets a bad rap – and most of the time it’s well deserved. But Chick-Fil-A has revamped its menu with an emphasis on good nutrition. The Pleasant Valley and Rutherford Crossing locations sponsor a nutritional scavenger hunt that takes you around beautiful West Oaks Farm.

“Root to Table” Career Discovery Match Game: Can you match the job title to the description? Here’s where ‘tweens and teens explore careers in culinary and agriculture – and win prizes! Presented by F&M Bank.

Kid Fun at BRS

“Nourish, Savor, Learn” is the motto of Blue Ridge Sprouts. And we have learning covered in kid fun ways!

Cooking & Gardening: Kids Can Cook! Learn the right way to use the most important tool in the kitchen with a Teen Knifing Workshop. Want your kids to eat their vegetables? Then check out the microgreens workshop presented by A Farm Less Ordinary. Take home your own garden! Sustainability Matters helps your family turn a piece of your yard into an edible landscape. And grab a “locally sourced” bite from Taste of Blue Ridge Chefs Erik Foxx-Nettnin of The Polished Foxx and Jose Marty of LoCo Kitchen.

Farmers and Food Artisans Blue Ridge SproutsThe Environmentalist: Take a tour of Headwater Soil & Water Conservation District’s Underground Classroom. Soil is more than just dirt. It’s vital for environmental health. Speaking of soil, Sustainability Matters has a Worm Zoo and a composting workshop. And learn all about beekeeping and the important roles these pollinators play.

Farmers, Fables and Fairy Gardens

Meet the Farmers: The Shenandoah Valley is known for apples. Bill Mackintosh of Mackintosh Fruit Farm demonstrates tree grafting and an apple cider press. And then watch Mike & Mose, a pair of heritage breed Randall Lineback oxen from Green Gable Farms, in action.

For Little Guys & Gals: While a lot is geared to children 8-15, we haven’t forgotten younger brothers and sisters. Handley Regional Library hosts story times throughout the day. Make a “fairy garden” terrarium with folks from Massanutten Resort. Get “lost” in the WOFM corn maze and then take a hayride around the farm. And munchkins love the tractor moon bounce and combine slide.

Community Support

Nonprofits that benefit from Blue Ridge SproutsProceeds from Blue Ridge Sprouts go to three nonprofits with ties to agriculture and sustainability. Here are the organizations and how the donations will be used.

VA Future Farmers of America (grants and scholarships): The name says it all – this organization is the future of farming. You probably won’t meet a modern day farmer who wasn’t a part of FFA in high school. 

Sustainability Matters (staffing support): This grassroots nonprofit out of Harrisonburg, VA is all about conservation and the environment. 

A Farm Less Ordinary (farm equipment): Located in western Loudoun County, AFLO provides training and employment for adults with developmental disabilities.

Community Partners

Get Ready for Blue Ridge SproutsBlue Ridge Sprouts is not possible without the support of good corporate citizens. Two of the festival’s top sponsors are F&M Bank and Farmer Focus

Established in 1908, F&M Bank consistently steps up to the plate with Shenandoah Valley philanthropic support. Learn more about F&M Bank’s commitment to farmers, small businesses, and the communities they serve.

At the other end of the timeline is Farmer Focus, established in 2014. Farmer Focus is a group of family farmers raising chickens organically and humanely. Their top quality poultry protein is available at select grocery stores and online. 

Blue Ridge Sprouts is also partnering with the Battlefield Half Marathon & Relays held the morning of the festival. Sign up a 2 or 4-person relay team for the 5K or 10K races and enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. 

How to Get Tickets

Sprouts Family Food FestivalWhether you’re a family of “foodies,” love to dig in the dirt, or just want to learn more about good nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and a sustainable environment, there’s something for everyone . Admission is a $20 donation for adults and kids up to 15 are FREE.  Pre-registration is required, so get your tickets through EventBrite and get ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts.