Events

10 am - 1 pmThursday

Jefferson’s Tufton Farm: Strong Roots. New Growth.

Keith Nevison, Derek Wheeler

**SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL OFFSITE EVENT** Join us for an exclusive event at Thomas Jefferson’s  Tufton Farm. The morning begins with...

Tufton Farm
10 am - 2 pmThursday

Garden & Garlic at Forrest Green Farm

Ira Wallace, Krista Rahm

**SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL OFFSITE EVENT** Want to know how to grow really great garlic and amazing perennial onions?  This is...

Forrest Green Farm
10 am - 2 pmThursday

Harvest Celebration Luncheon

Matthew Raiford

**SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL OFFSITE EVENT** An Educational Adventure in Taste CheFarmer Matthew Raiford invites you to prepare and partake in...

Charlottesville Cooking School
10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

Simmering Succotash: A Taste of History on the Open Hearth

Paula Marcoux

Have you ever simmered a pot of succotash over a wood fire? Do you include hominy in your Thanksgiving...

Woodland Pavilion, Visitor Center
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10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

From Garden to Table: A Bountiful Harvest Supper

Scott Peacock

With Scott Peacock, there’s always something tantalizing happening in the kitchen. Join America’s Southern cuisine maestro as he prepares...

Classroom 5, Visitor Center
10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

Shrubs and Switchels: Colonial Drinks for Modern Times

Krista & Rob Rahm

Shrubs and switchels (drinking/sipping vinegars) were popular drinks during Colonial times. A shrub is a blend of fruit, sugar...

Classroom 6, Visitor Center
10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

No Bare Ground

Patryk Battle

Learn to use the space between your main and catch crops, building fertility to provide habitat and sustenance for...

Classroom 7, Visitor Center
10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

The Enslaved Community and Monticello’s Plantation Harvest

Brandon Dillard

Brandon Dillard, Monticello’s manager of special programs, will share the stories of the skilled chefs, artisans, and people who...

Fish Pond, Mountaintop
10:30 - 11:30 amFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit Garden: A Precious Refreshment

Jessica Bryars

Enjoy an in-depth tour of the Monticello South Orchard and Vineyards with Jessica Bryars, assistant manager of nursery operations...

Garden Pavilion, Mountaintop
12 - 1 pmFriday

Making the Most of Your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Experience

Michelle McKenzie

Community-supported agriculture (commonly referred to as CSA) provides the consumer with an opportunity to buy food grown or produced...

Woodland Pavilion, Visitor Center
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12 - 1 pmFriday

Supersalads of Autumn

Joy Crump

Autumn is upon us! We want to tuck in and enjoy our hearty culinary favorites. But don’t forego salads...

Classroom 5, Visitor Center
12 - 1 pmFriday

Gourmet Vinegar: The Magic Mix

Gabriele Rausse

Vinegar was an integral ingredient in numerous Jefferson-family recipes. Join Gabriele Rausse, Monticello’s director of gardens and grounds and...

Classroom 6, Visitor Center
12 - 1 pmFriday

Fall into the Perfect Winter Garden

Ken Bezilla

Gardens don’t have to end when the frost comes! SESE Seed Inventory Manager Ken Bezilla shows participants how to...

Classroom 7, Visitor Center
12 - 1 pmFriday

Jefferson’s “Pet Trees”

Peggy Cornett

Thomas Jefferson cultivated 160 native and exotic tree species at Monticello. During his retirement years, he often gave rambling...

Fish Pond, Mountaintop
12 - 1 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Thomas Jefferson wrote “the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to...

Garden Pavilion, Mountaintop
leni sorensen
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

From Frying Pan to Fire: Southern Cooking on the Open Hearth

Dr. Leni Sorensen

Join independent scholar and culinary historian Dr. Leni Sorensen as we journey from the antebellum Virginia kitchen to cooking...

Woodland Pavilion, Visitor Center
Tim Gearhart
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

The “Superiority” of Chocolate

Tim Gearhart

Writing to John Adams from Paris in 1785, Thomas Jefferson commented on the “superiority” of chocolate, “both for health...

Classroom 5, Visitor Center
mark jones
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Mark Jones

Learn how to grow several different types of specialty mushrooms using low-tech/low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot. Mark...

Classroom 6, Visitor Center
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

Craft “Cyder”: From Jefferson’s Table to Ours

Charlotte Shelton

Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of craft cider-making! Charlotte Shelton, one of the principals of Albemarle CiderWorks , will lead...

Classroom 7, Visitor Center
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

Tour and Seed Saving of the Monticello Flower Garden

Debbie Donley

Join Debbie Donley, Monticello’s specialty gardener, for a tour of Jefferson’s flower gardens, and a hands-on, seed-saving workshop. Learn...

Fish Pond, Mountaintop
1:30 - 2:30 pmFriday

Follow the Flavor: A Tour of Jefferson’s Gardens

Pat Brodowski, Dr. David Shields

Join Chairman of Carolina Gold Rice Dr. David Shields with Pat Brodowski, vegetable gardener at Monticello, on a walk...

Garden Pavilion, Mountaintop
3 - 4 pmFriday

Beer and Food: A Fun, Simple Approach to Pairing

Rob Mullin

Join Three Notch’d Brewing’s Rob Mullin for an interactive beer and food experience. In his 25-plus years brewing (and...

Woodland Pavilion, Visitor Center
dawn story
3 - 4 pmFriday

Ferment Your Garden, Feed Your Gut

Dawn Story

Learn how easy it is to transform the garden harvest into nutritious and delicious fermented foods using the ancient...

Classroom 5, Visitor Center
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3 - 4 pmFriday

How We Made Money on a Very Tiny Farm

Jeanine Davis

When Jeanine Davis of NC State University and her husband bought their very small farm in western North Carolina,...

Classroom 6, Visitor Center
3 - 4 pmFriday

Feed the Soil

Pam Dawling

Learn how to grow and maintain healthy soils with avid vegetable grower and Twin Oaks Community manager, Pam Dawling....

Classroom 7, Visitor Center
3 - 4 pmFriday

Landscape Archaeology of Monticello

Fraser Neiman

Join Monticello’s Director of Archaeology, Fraser Neiman, on a behind-the-scenes walk exploring the physical traces of Jefferson’s ornamental landscape....

Fish Pond, Mountaintop
3 - 4 pmFriday

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Peter J. Hatch

Thomas Jefferson wrote “the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to...

Garden Pavilion, Mountaintop
10 am - 5 pmSaturday

Festival Saturday – General Admission

Attend free workshops, chef demos, seed swap, Monticello Shop tent, kids activities, beer garden (for purchase), food concessions (for...

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
10 am - 5 pmSaturday

12th Annual Old Timey Seed Swap

Meet legendary and everyday seed savers at our annual Old Timey Seed Swap. Come share your seeds, your knowledge...

Seed Swap Tent
Included with Admission
10 am - 5 pmSaturday

Tasting Tent: Tomato, Pepper & Melon Tasting

Nothing says summer in the garden like a luscious, vine-ripened heirloom tomato. Stop by to taste dozens of varieties...

Tasting Tent
Included with Admission
10 am - 5 pmSaturday

Discovery Tent

Central Virginia Master Gardeners Central Virginia Master Gardeners is based in Louisa County and offers horticultural and gardening education...

Discovery Tent
Included with Admission
Petting Zoo
10 am - 4 pmSaturday

Petting Zoo: Foxboro Farm

Come meet a variety of miniature farm animals to entertain and educate from right here in Charlottesville!  Foxboro Farm’s...

Kid's Zone
Included with Admission
10 am - 5 pmSaturday

Historic Children’s Games

Follow in the footsteps of Jefferson’s grandchildren as you roll hoops and play games on Monticello!

Kid's Zone
Included with Admission
10:30 am - 2:30 pmSaturday

Chef Demonstrations

Enjoy these free demonstrations and tastings. 10:30am – 11:30am: Tonya Holland 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Ian Boden 1:30 – 2:30pm:...

Chef Demo Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Starting Your Farm: From Dreams to Sustainable Success

Forrest Pritchard

Ever dream of becoming a full-time farmer and growing food for your community? Enjoy a fun, fact-filled and visual...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Fall and Winter Gardening: Eat Fresh From Your Garden All Year

Ira Wallace

Fall and winter provide a second chance to grow the delicious greens and wonderful roots we savor in spring....

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
Samin Nosrat
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat, Corby Kummer

“Anyone can cook anything and make it delicious. Whether you’ve never picked up a knife or you’re an accomplished...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
10:30 am - 3 pmSaturday

Historic Kitchen Presentations

Stop by the Historic Kitchen at Monticello for a series of walk-through presentations and demonstrations. On Sept. 22, the...

Historic Kitchen
Included with Admission
david shields
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Southern Classics Revisited: Bringing Flavor Back to Our Food

Dr. David Shields

Southern food is tasting better again. For over half a century, the grains, vegetables and fruit that have formed...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

My Perfect Locavore

Joel Salatin

With the track record in longevity and scale Polyface Farm has enjoyed, people are often startled to hear Joel...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
Adrian Miller
12 - 1 pmSaturday

Presidential Soul

Adrian Miller

Join Adrian Miller, former White House staffer in the Clinton Administration and James Beard Award-winning author with HHF Chair...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
12 - 1 pmSaturday

At The Table With An American Original

An icon among culinary professionals, Edna Lewis (1916-2016) was an African-American woman chef from an era when those words...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Extraordinary Seeds: 20 Varieties and Their Stories – Why They Belong in Your Garden

Lee Buttala

For decades, Seed Savers Exchange has been saving heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetable seeds – not only for...

Heritage Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Food Writer’s Forum

Corby Kummer

It’s all about the food. Today our panel of writers is here to dish.   Food writers are discoverers,...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
1:30 - 2:30 pmSaturday

Lessons From the Family Kitchen

Listen closely to the stories of America’s great chefs, so many of whom trace their joy of food to...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Epic Tomatoes From Your Garden – Stories, Recommendations and Tips for Success

Craig LeHoullier

Calling all tomato lovers! Join North Carolina’s “Tomato Man” Craig LeHoullier on an informative and visually beautiful journey through the world of tomatoes,...

Harvest Tent
Included with Admission
woltz
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Reinvigorating the Landscape at Monticello

Thomas Woltz, Keith Nevison

This year, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has embarked on an ambitious project to restore farming to Monticello. In this...

Garden Tent
Included with Admission
3 - 4 pmSaturday

Beer: A Harvest in Your Glass

Rob Mullin

From the ancient Egyptians, who first documented the brewing process on scrolls, through times when brewing was seen as...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission