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Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew Festival

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Bluegrass Barbecue and Brew

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is hosting the Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018, between 11:00 until 5:00.  Located at 1497 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, Virginia you don’t want to miss the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia.  Combining the love of history with the love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer the festival’s intention is to have festival attendees fall in love with Southern Virginia.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

 

Music was the entertainment for the 18th century.  Patrick Henry played the flute and fiddle, both of which can be seen in the museum at Red Hill.  The featured bands at this year’s festival are Breaking Glass, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Nothin’ Fancy.

During the 18th century raising hogs was easy.  They would roam throughout the nearby woods so there was little to tend to.  Farmers would smoke and cure the meat.  You will have a choice of meats as your barbecue entree.  All of the barbecue vendors are from South Central Virginia.

Bluegrass BBQ and Brew

You will also be able to sample and purchase local beer and cider.  While Patrick Henry was governor of Virginia he hired a Scotch brewer to make beer.  Henry never served anything stronger at the Governor’s dining table.

Enjoy the museum, historic buildings and the grounds that Patrick Henry loved.  Listen and dance to the music.  Visit the local art and craft vendors, to start your holiday shopping.  Fill yourself with delicious barbecue, beer or cider (but remember to do so responsibly.)

Tickets are either general admission or tasting tickets.  The general admission ticket, $15.00, allows you access to the bands, food and craft vendors, admission to all of the historic buildings and the museum and grounds.  Tasting tickets, $20.00, gives you all that the general admission ticket does along with your choice of a pub glass or a wine glass, for sampling.

Things to remember:

  • Festival hours are 11:00 until 5:00.  The music starts at 11:45 and the last pour is at 4:30.
  • Bring your own chairs or blanket for seating to watch the Bluegrass performances.
  • ID must be shown for all tasting ticket holders at the gate.
  • Docents will be available throughout the historic site, buildings and grounds.  Red Hill was Patrick Henry’s last home and is his burial place.  Take the time to enjoy the seven historic buildings, his grave site and the beautiful grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley.

For more information call 434.376.2044 or visit www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com

Have fun!

 

Central Virginia Fashion Week

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Posted by Central Virginia Fashion Week on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The second year of Central Virginia Fashion Week will take place at River Ridge Mall on Thursday, October 25 until Saturday, October 27, 2018.

“Let’s Talk Fashion” combines the power and talent of the fashion, beauty and entertainment businesses to create an experience for the region while providing opportunities for emerging fashion designers, aspiring models, beauty and performing arts professionals.  This year’s fashion week will strengthen the bond between arts and culture and the diversity of the art community.

During Central Virginia Fashion Week guests will be able to participate in several art productions:

  • The one-of-a-kind creation runway showcase will be performed by emerging designers utilizing art of fashion and art on canvas.
  • An avant-garde runway show will present a look into the future along with a beauty artisan runway show.  At the conclusion of this runway show a “pop-up” shop will present exclusive designer pieces available for purchase.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.cvafashionweek.com.  Tickets are sold as general admission, premiere admission or VIP admission.

  • General Admission tickets are $15.00 each and permit the holder to 1 runway showcase and entertainment event.
  • Premier Admission tickets are $25.00 each and permit the holder to 1 exclusive runway showcase, reserved front row seating, a red carpet entrance, live entertainment and an exclusive bag.
  • VIP Admission tickets are $50.00 and permit the holder a weekend of fashion experiences.  These include Friday’s exclusive emerging designer runway showcase, brunch at Saturday’s “pop-up” shop, Saturday’s hairshow, reserved front row seating, a red carpet entrance, live entertainment and a special invite-only admission to Thursday’s launch party plus an exclusive bag.

Hours of the event are Thursday, 10/25/18 6:00-9:00 pm, Friday, 10/26/18 6:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 10/27/18 11:00-3:00 and 6:00-9:00.

 

Lynchstock Music Festival

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Lynchstock Music Festival

The sixth annual Lynchstock Musical Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  This year’s location is Riverfront Park, located at 1000 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  This rain or shine event will take place between 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Lynchstock Music Festival

Produced this year by the Academy Center of the Arts the list of performers, entertainers, vendors and food trucks is outstanding!  There will be over 30 bands, musicians and performers.  A few notable mentions are Dr. Dog, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Nicole Miller and Lynchburg’s own Tony Camm and the Funk All-Stars.  More than 20 local craft and art vendors will be displaying their wares.  A variety of food trucks will be assembled to feed you and provide liquid refreshment.

Tickets are available as general admission or VIP admission tickets.  The general admission ticket costs $25.00 each and allows you entry into Lynchstock.  The VIP admission ticket costs $65.00 each and allows you a VIP entrance, premier covered seating with outdoor patio and private bar, light refreshments and 2 drink tickets.  Tickets can be purchased through www.lynchstockmusicfestival.com.  Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even better!  Remember, guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are within a sort walk to Riverfront Park.

Asian Pear Salad with Pecans and Radicchio

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Asian Pear Salad

Asian Pear Salad.  Have you heard of Asian Pears?  Have you tried an Asian Pear?  As you know by now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a fruit course each morning and when serving a savory entrée we sometimes serve a salad.  This month’s recipe is just one of those salads. Pictured above is the Asian Pear Salad served with Canadian bacon and our wamlet (an omelet made in our Belgium waffle maker.

But first, let me tell you about the Asian Pear.  It is also known as the “apple pear” as it is crunchy, juicy and round like an apple, but it has an unmistakable pear flavor.  Even when ripe they’re crunchy so hold up well in a salad or when baking.  Originally from East Asia, they are now grown in California, Oregon, and Washington in the United States.

When purchasing an Asian Pear choose one that is the most fragrant and with little to no brown spots.  When ripe they are hard and do not soften (unlike a traditional pear.)  They are ready to eat when purchased.  You can store them for up to a week at room temperature or up to 3 months in the refrigerator.

Now let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups pecan halves, cut into thirds lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small head radicchio, cored, leaves separated and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 3 oz. frisée, trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 lightly packed cups)
  • 1 medium Asian Pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise ( about 1 cup)

Directions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees.

Put the pecans on a small, rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant and pale golden on the cut sides, 6-8 minutes.  Add the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss with 2 heatproof spatulas until the butter is melted and absorbed by the nuts.  Set the nuts aside (they can be added to the salad warm or at room temperature.)

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in the oils until well combined.

Combine the radicchio, frisée and pear in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to coat.  Add the nuts, toss and serve.

 

Crisp

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Crisp is well known for its salads and smoothies.

Crisp, originally started as a food truck in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Then it morphed into a small brick-and-mortar shop on Church Street.  And now they have expanded once again into a great spot at the corner of 12th and Church Streets.

The new space, at 1124 Church Street, allows plenty of seating for dine-in guests, large windows on all sides and plenty of space to expand the menu offerings.  In addition to their delectable and varied salads, juices and smoothies they are now offering locally roasted coffee, gourmet soups and house baked breads.  Soon they will be opening a catering division of Crisp.  They would love to add a beer garden in the garage space that is attached to their building.

As before, the restaurant is an assembly line style service featuring customizable salads, wraps, juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls.  When possible the ingredients are locally sourced and are sustainable ingredients.

Menu options include:  Salads or Wraps

  • the Baja: romaine with tomato, sweet yellow corn, black beans, red onion, sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla strips and spicy chipotle ranch dressing
  • The Moroccan: romaine with shredded carrots, cucumber, golden raisins, feta cheese and falafel
  • the Superfood: romaine/spinach/kale with shredded carrots, organic quinoa, edamame, walnuts, fresh berries, and honey apple cider vinaigrette

Prices range between $6.50 to $9.00

Smoothies or Smoothie Bowls

  • the Triple Berry Detox: mixed berries, beet juice, almond milk and chia seed
  • the Peach Cobbler: peaches, cinnamon, honey and apple juice
  • the Blue Jay Smoothie Bowl: blueberries, banana, peanut butter and milk, topped with fresh berries, sliced almonds and shredded coconut

Prices range from $5.75 to $7.50

Fresh Made Juice

  • the Green Drink: spinach, apple, lemon and cucumber
  • the Revital Eyes: orange and carrot

Juices come in 8, 12 or 18 ounces.  Prices range from $3.50 to $$7.50

The next time you are staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, and wander to downtown Lynchburg to explore all that it has to offer, you now have a great spot for a snack or late lunch.  We are excited to see this company grow and offer something that Lynchburgers are asking for.