Leaping Waters Farm in Elliston is throwing a huge event at 3 p.m. on Sunday that they’re calling “Feast in the Fields.”
The farm, which sits on 800 acres, will provide half of a steer, three pigs, a lamb and geese for the local food event. The meat will be roasted over open fires in the field. Beer and wine will be for sale and live music will be happening all day.
Some talented chefs will be on site supervising the cooking. They include Food and Wine’s Best New Chef 2011, James Lewis of Bettola and Vittoria Macelleria in Birmingham, AL; Colin Donnelly of The Red Hen in Lexington, VA, Jason Alley from Pasture and Comfort in Richmond; David Brewer from the Imperial Life and Table Restaurant in Asheville, NC; Tanya Cauthen from the Belmont Butchery in Richmond. Local chefs participating include Josh Lebreque and Nate Sloan from Local Roots in Roanoke.
This is going to be another event that proves a lot of chefs these days are drawn to the promise of open fields, big fires and whole animals.
In addition to the food, music and alcohol, there will be non-alcoholic beverages, swimming, fishing and pony rides. Children are welcome, as are designated drivers.
Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for kids ages 13 to 18, $15 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for kids under the age of 5. VIP tickets for $100 apiece will get you early admission, a meet-and-greet with chefs, a farm tour and a farm t-shirt.