Tasting Tent

Saturday, Sep. 21st: 10 am - 5 pm Tasting Tent
Included with Admission

If there’s one spot that absolutely everyone visits on festival day, the Tasting Tent is it. Sample heirloom produce from our co-hosts at SESE, vegetarian sushi and kombucha from our friends at Wegmans, and Mary Randolph-inspired gazpacho from our very own café, Monticello Farm Table. And that’s just a “taste” of what’s available from our wonderful participating vendors and exhibitors!


Heirloom TomatoHeirloom tomatoes are front-and-center at the Festival Tasting Tent. We will have dozens of varieties available to see and try, including Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Cherry, Matts Wild Cherry, Amish Paste, Green Zebra, and Williams Striped!


This year, SESE presents the rich bounty of late-summer heirloom tomatoes, peppers, melons, oven-roasted garlic, squash and sweet potatoes — all for your tasting pleasure!

Offering more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds, SESE emphasizes varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast — though gardeners and farmers all over the country grow their seeds. More than 60% of SESE’s varieties are certified organic, with over 60% grown by small farmers they know and contract with directly. SESE offers many unusual Southern heirlooms, including peanuts, southern peas, naturally colored cotton, collards, okra, roselle, turnip greens, butterbeans and corns for roasting and meal. They do not sell chemically treated seeds of any variety.


The talented chefs at Wegmans are back with us again this year, creating their inimitable, delicious and healthy vegetarian sushi samplers. Learn what sets Wegmans’ sushi apart from the rest — including rigorously trained chefs and unwavering attention to quality ingredients, featuring the ultra-premium Tamaki Gold Rice and a unique proprietary vinegar recipe.

Thirsty? Take a sip of a fermented beverage said to have originated in the Far East. Wegmans’ kombucha is a great source of probiotics that comes in many flavors and contains over a billion living cultures. It’s also gluten free, lactose free and vegan friendly.

At Wegmans, the commitment is simple. Every day you get their best!


Back Pocket Provisions
Blue Ridge Bucha
Brass Bullet Coffee
Family Ties & Pies
Gearharts Chocolate
High Country Lavender
Jams According to Daniel
J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works
LFN Textiles
North American Sake Brewery
Red Root & Co.
Rockbridge Cider Vinegar
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Walnut Hollow Naturals