A series of nine farm-to-table dinners are set for June 15 to Sept. 12, with each event taking place at a West Virginia state park restaurant and offering locally grown produce and products.
The dinners are being hosted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in conjunction with the West Virginia Farmers Market Association (WVFMA), the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and the West Virginia state parks system.
“We are so glad we were able to carry this partnership into a second year," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt in a release. "Our goal has always been to introduce more local products into state-owned properties.
"State parks’ restaurants are a great way to do just that."
New this year, several of the West Virginia Grown Farm-to-Table Dinners will have themes to compliment the local food pairings. For example, “Hoedown on the Hill” will be held at the Chief Logan State Park Dinner and “Pickin-Pull” will be held at the Pipestem dinner. The goal of each theme is to enhance the overall atmosphere of the dinner or further educate participants about local food.
"We are so ecstatic to partner again with the WVDA and the WVDNR on nine West Virginia Grown Farm-to-Table Dinners," said West Virginia Farmers Market Association Communications Chair Jeanie Smith. "It is a great opportunity to show off what our state parks and West Virginia farmers markets have to offer. We hope the public is excited to taste locally sourced products from West Virginia producers."
Local events are listed below:
• Pipestem State Park, Saturday, June 15
• Twin Falls State Park, Friday, Aug. 16
• Hawks Nest State Park, Saturday, Aug. 17
• Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Thursday, Aug. 29
For a full list of events or more information, visit wvstateparks.com/farm-to-table-2019.
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