Bushels & Barrels Festival
The Reynolds Homestead, in partnership with the Patrick County Skate Park Association, the Spencer –Penn Centre, and Field to Friends, will host the first annual Bushels and Barrels Local Food, Wine and Beer Festival on the Homestead grounds on Saturday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fun is all day and the mission is to connect consumers will the amazing assortment of local producers and growers in the area, promoting the economic development of local agriculture.
On tap for the day will be five local wineries: Stanburn Winery, Chateau Morrisette, West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery, Preston Ridge Winery, and the Homeplace Vineyard; and two local craft breweries: Aviator Brewing Company and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. All of the wineries and breweries will be offering free tastings throughout the day, and attendees will be able to purchase product as well. The Homestead will even store it for you at the Will Call station if you want to make a large purchase.
The event will also feature local producers and growers—vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy and cheeses, artisans and crafters, and of course, great music! Food concessions will feature local food products including quesadillas, hamburgers and brats, sandwiches, drinks and more. Local farmers and growers will also be on hand with products to sell and information about their produce, cheeses, dairy and meats. This is a great opportunity to learn about and support local agriculture.
The schedule contains lots of great music as well. Opening the show is local band “After Jack,” who describe themselves as “a new band with an old soul,” taking their inspiration from bluegrass, rock, gospel, folk, and everything in between. They will take the stage at 11:00. Following at 1:00 will be the Les Moore Trio with their unique sound of rhythm and blues.
Headlining at 3:00 is The Reflex, the ultimate 80s tribute band, to deliver a musical homage to that decadent decade. This is a full-on retro experience with songs by Journey, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Whitesnake, Duran Duran and many more. The event will also feature a costume contest with prizes for the best 80s male and female and best 80s couple.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased from the Reynolds Homestead, the Spencer-Penn Centre and other locations. VIP tickets, which include free admission to the VIP tent for food and non-alcoholic beverages all day, are $25.00. Advance adult tickets for those 21 and over are $12 and will be $15 on the day of the show. Students between 13 and 20 are $5 and ages 12 and under are free. Call the Reynolds Homestead for more information.
To keep up with all of the day’s great features, “LIKE” the Bushels and Barrels page on Facebook. Daily posts about the bands, the sponsors, the exhibitors and more are featured.
All of the partners are appreciative of community support from the sponsors of the event. Barrel level sponsors include Clark Gas and Oil, EMI Imaging, and Burch- Hodges-Stone, Inc. Sponsoring at the Bushel level are the West Piedmont Planning District, Nelson Automotive, and Lawrence Distributing. Basket level sponsor is Martinsville Surgical. Other financial and in-kind sponsors include Silver Lining Designs and Friends of the Reynolds Homestead. In addition, the local Stuart Walmart awarded a $1,000 Community Grant to help support the festival’s economic development initiative. Any organizations that would like to help sponsor the event are asked to contact Lisa Martin at the Reynolds Homestead.