Something delicious is happening in Frederick this week. It’s the 11-day Farm-to-Fork culinary event, and it’s going on now through Labor Day in downtown Frederick.
Inspired by the “locavore” movement sweeping the nation, Farm-to-Fork Frederick began this newer annual summertime tradition back in 2013 as a way to celebrate the community and its locally sourced food. Prior to becoming a community tradition, Farm-to-Fork Frederick’s founder Miriam Nasuti had seen the possibility in such an event while observing the county’s rich roots in farming and the growing culinary market. In 2011 there was a Loudon County summer program where restaurants showcased some of the best locally grown and raised farm ingredients. Now, Farm-to-Fork Frederick has emerged in the community as a highly anticipated summertime occurrence.
This event provides you with the opportunity to experience the bounty of Frederick farms in a diverse array of participating restaurants and vineyards throughout the area. During this time participating restaurants and wineries are offering up special, locally sourced Farm-to-Fork Frederick menus that feature selections made from at least 60 percent local ingredients, along with Frederick County’s own brews and wines.
Area establishments participating in the 2015 installment of Farm-to-Fork Frederick vary in culinary offerings and menu selections. Beans in the Belfry, for example, is an award-winning coffee house that offers up lunch and dinner menus in addition to coffee and refreshing drinks. Café Nola is presenting a special dinner menu with featured items from local farm ingredients. Family Meal, from the Voltaggio family, is a fine area restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Carriage House Inn will also present a wonderfully crafted special menu for the event. Fitzgerald’s Shamrock has a special lunch and dinner selection menu to present. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern will also be dishing up lunch and dinner offerings. La Paz Mexican Restaurant has a special dinner menu as well as JoJo’s Restaurant and Tap House. Pretzel and Pizza Creations has lunch and dinner offerings, as well as Le Parc Bistro. Dinner dishes can be found at Nido’s Little Italy, Vintage, and the Wine Kitchen. The Roast House Pub has a special brunch menu for Saturdays and Sundays and a lunch and dinner menu Monday through Sunday.
Participating farms in this event include Caprikorn Farms, Groff’s Content Farm, Gude Brothers Greenhouses, Persistence Run Farm, Scenic View Orchards, Thanksgiving Farm, and South Mountain Creamery. Featured breweries/wineries include Big Cork Vineyards, Mad Science Brewing Company, and Orchid Cellar. You can learn more about this event and read the dates for this program by clicking here.