Blue Ridge Sprouts
Blue Ridge Sprouts: Nourish - Savor - Learn

A Food Festival for Adults, Teens, and Tweens!

Saturday, November 6th 2021 (11:30 am – 5 pm)
West Oaks Farm Market – Winchester, VA

Love locally sourced food and looking for something to do with your tweens and teens?
Take them to a Blue Ridge Sprouts – a food festival covering VA, WV, and MD farms, chefs, food artisans, and more.

Check out Taste of Blue Ridge for Adult activities! 

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  • Great for ages 8+
  • Meet the locally sourced food community
  • Experience fantastic fresh food from Top Chefs of the Region
  • Activities, Contests, & Demonstrations throughout the day
  • 100% Ticket Sales and Donations  to benefit Virginia FFA Foundation, Sustainability Matters & A Farm Less Ordinary

More than just a food festival, Blue Ridge Sprouts embraces the power of food to enrich a community. Come out and celebrate Shenandoah agriculture heritage, “real food” and a celebration of our robust lifestyle!

Introducing Our Celebrity Speakers for “Blue Ridge Sprouts”

Scott Dolly

Scott Dolly

CEO / Founder
Evolution Human Performance & Rehab

Move Better to Live Better
“Living Your Best Life”

Chef Rich Rosendale

Rich Rosendale

Master Chef
Rosendale Collective

Culinary & Community
“Investing in Innovative Sustainability”

Taste of Blue Ridge Chefs

Participating Chefs:

Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin: The Polished Foxx

Chef Jose Marty: Loco Kitchen

Chefs Erik and Justin shucking oysters


Southern Seafood Boil – $18
Shrimp & Smoked Sausage, Corn on the Cob, Baby Bliss Potatoes, and Seasoned Chesapeake Butter

“Crush” Puppies – $12
Blue Crab & Shrimp Fritters – served with a Cajun Remoulade

Crispy Shenandoah Valley Fried Chicken – $10
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Harissa Aïoli & Black Garlic BBQ Sauce

Featured Chefs – 1st Annual Chef & Friends Food Competition
“Sprout to Finish”

Chef Kashief Browne

Chef Kashif Browne

Ridgewell Catering

Chef Jan Van Haute

Chef Jan Van Haute

Hillbrook Inn

Chef Santosh Tiptur

Chef Santosh Tiptur

The Conche

Apple Pie ingredients


Apple Baking Trivia Game: Parent/kids duos can test their knowledge – and baking skills – and walk away with a homemade apple dessert and prizes!

Sprouts to Finish – A Chef Competition Among Friends: Watch 3 chefs pair up with 3 young guests to compete for the best Vegetarian dish! Presented by Hillbrook Inn & Spa

Fall Fun with Virginia State Parks: “Ring” the pumpkins for prizes, play a fun game of corn hole, and learn about native animals to our Commonwealth!

Demonstrations and Workshops

All About Apples: Cider making and tree grafting for new fruit varieties.

Wow ‘em in the Kitchen: Learn some simple tricks from Chef Erik and Suzi Smith and impress your family and friends.

Woman filming a cooking demonstration

Kids playing in the kitchen


Here are just a few of the fun activities you’ll find at exhibitors booths:

  • Nutritional Scavenger Hunt – Chick-Fil-A
  • Make a Fairy Garden Terrarium – Massanutten Resort
  • Plant a Take Home Microgreens Garden – A Farm Less Ordinary
  • Corn Maze

Plus for the younger folks – the infamous West Oaks Tractor Moonbounce, Storytelling by Handley Library and visiting guest authors, and a Haywagon ride with Farmer John. 

Taste of Blue Ridge Contributors for Blue Ridge Sprouts

Miriam Conroy

Blue Ridge CTC

Ashley Pryor

Lilah’s Restaurant

Chef Patrick Evans

Chef Patrick Evans

Dine One-One

Chef Marvin Swaner

Chef Marvin Swaner

Aikens Group

Chef Jason Reeves

Chef Jason Reeves

Salamander Resort

Carissa Zanella of Hillbrook Inn

Carissa Zanella

Hillbrook Inn

Farmer Jared Burner & wife Holly

Jared Burner

Burner’s Beef

Beekeeper Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy

Hive House Apiaries

Connie Hepler

Connie Hepler

Lilah’s Restaurant

Holly Thorne of F&M Bank

Holly Thorne

F&M Bank

Liz Thompson of iheartveggies

Liz Thompson


Denton Weber of Summer Meadows Garden Center

Denton Weber

Sunny Meadows Garden Center

Holly Heffner

Holly Heffner

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Kelsey Walkowiak

Kelsey Walkowiak


Richard Sankovich

Richard Sankovich

Jim Kopp in his Projector Room

Honoring Our Friend, Jim Kopp

Philanthropist, community activist, business leader, VA Kids Trail founding member – and friend to all, Jim Kopp, Owner & Operator of The Family Drive-In Theatre, provided family-friendly entertainment to movie goers throughout the Shenandoah Valley. He worked tirelessly in 2020 to reopen Family Drive-In during the COVID-19 pandemic under the safest of guidelines, providing desperately needed amusement and enjoyment as well as a socially distanced space for churches and civic groups to gather. Jim passed away January 4, 2021 and was honored with a House Resolution by the Virginia House of Delegates for his contributions to his community.

“Blue Ridge Sprouts” Supported Charities

It is our goal to support these non-profits by developing a Taste of Blue Ridge grant program for local FFA chapters, assist Sustainability matters with staff growth issues, and provide A Farm Less Ordinary with needed tools to start the next growing year! Thank you for your ticket purchase. Your support is very much appreciated.

Future Farmers of America Logo

FFA – Virginia Foundation

Grant Program

Sustainability Matters Logo

Sustainability Matters

Staffing Support

A Farm Less Ordinary logo

A Farm Less Ordinary

New Equipment

Battlefield Half Marathon

More than just an adult race – check out the kids’ races too!

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About West Oaks Farm Market

West Oaks Farm Market Main Building

Experience 10th Generation Farming at it’s best in historic Winchester, VA!

West Oaks Farm Market offers acres of fruit trees including apples, peaches, cherries, plums, & nectarines. We also have fields of vegetables including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, & a WHOLE lot more! The great crops grow to peak ripeness, then will be harvested, packed, and delivered straight to you!

Plan your weekend around this great destination

Taste of Blue Ridge has a line up of award-winning hotel and resort partners here in the Shenandoah Valley. Many partners are offering packages as well as shuttles to the event. Itinerary ideas are listed for each lodging location so you can plan a weekend around this Root to Table Family Food Festival. Winchester, VA is just over an hour from Dulles International Airport and an hour from Washington DC.

Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Virginia is for lovers logo

Frederick County Parks & Rec

Farmer Focus Logo

F&M Bank Logo

Chick-fil-a Winchester Logo


Bank of Clarke County Foundation Logo

Rosendale Collective logo

Mid Atlantic Farm Credit Logo

Patrick Woznak D.D.S PC
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Baldor Specialty Foods Logo

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative logo

Go Go Squeeze Logo

Virginia Pork Council logo

Soil & Water Conservation District logo

Tractor Supply Company Logo

Southern States Winchester Logo

Aikens Group logo

Valley Health Logo

All State Logo

Walter & Walter Insurance logo

Schenck Foods Logo

Charlottesville Family Logo

“We are excited to be a part of this unique family festival for a number of reasons. As a locally-based community bank, F&M is wholeheartedly invested in the Shenandoah Valley economy, where our employees and customers live, work and play. Community is one of our company’s core values, which has driven corporate philanthropy and decision making since the humble beginnings of Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1908. While many things have changed over the past 113 years, we remain more committed than ever to the success of the agricultural industry, small business ventures, and the nonprofit sector. With that in mind, the Community Brand sponsorship for Root to Table made a great deal of sense to us.” – F&M Bank

Learn more about F&M Bank’s Commitment to Community and the Agricultural Small Business Industry >>

“Farmer Focus provides a connection between independent family farmers and consumers who care about where their food comes from. Blue Ridge Sprouts is the perfect intersection for folks who appreciate locally produced foods and love the outdoors, two values that we and our farmers hold dear. “ – Farmer Focus

Learn more about family farming, fair prices, and happy chickens with Farmer Focus >>

Special Thank You to Our Fiscal Sponsor!

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