The Charlottesville Commons team is thrilled to have our book among those featured at this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book. This annual festival will run from Wednesday, March 19 through Sunday, March 23, with events taking place all over Charlottesville. Most events are free; check out the website to learn more and sign up.
We will be speaking on two panels on Friday, March 21 – Touring Virginia and Photographing the Virginias. In each case, we’ll be discussing our work here on the blog and in the pages of Charlottesville Commons. Please join us!
There are many events during the festival focused on food. Here are just a few:
Wednesday, March 19
Cooking with Patrick Evans-Hylton: Award-winning chef and author Patrick Evans-Hylton will discuss his new cookbook and offer samples for guests.
6 p.m., The Happy Cook, 1107-B Emmet Street N, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Thursday, March 20
Cooking Demonstration Marathon: Featuring chefs and food experts Ira Wallace, Andrea Chesman and Joe Yonan.
2 p.m., The Charlottesville Cooking School – 2041 Barracks Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Joel Salatin and Growing Locally: Author and farmer Joel Salatin will discuss his family’s well-known Polyface Farm, located in the Shenandoah Valley, sharing insights about managing a successful organic farm.
6 p.m., The Artisan’s Market – Barracks Road Shopping Center, North Wing – 2148 Barracks Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
Friday, March 21
Touring Virginia: Sarah & Jenny will join Marijean Jaggers, author of 100 Things to Do in Charlottesville Before you Die, and Peter Wallenstein, author of Our Virginia, Past and Present, to discuss tourism trends in the Commonwealth, with Sarah and Jenny focusing on the relationship of tourism to the state’s blossoming local food communities.
10 a.m. – CitySpace-Piedmont Council for the Arts – 100 5th St. NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Photographing the Virginias: Andrea will join Tom Cogill, photographer of Listening to the Land; Ben Greenberg, photographer of Natural Virginia; and Scott Jost, photographer of Shenandoah Valley Apples to discuss capturing images of the Virginias, with Andrea focusing her comments on bringing Virginia’s thriving local food communities to life through her photography.
12 p.m. – City Council Chambers – 605 E Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
Family, Food, and Community: Cathal Armstrong, author of My Irish Table: Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve; Andrea Chesman, author of Recipes from the Root Cellar; Caroline Grant, author of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage; Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast; and Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook will discuss food and family issues and connections.
2 p.m., City Council Chambers – 605 E Main St
Cocktails a la Ernest Hemingway: Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another — A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, will demonstrate a few cocktails inspired by the times of Ernest Hemingway. Please note: drinks are available for purchase.
6 p.m. – Commonwealth Restaurant and Sky Bar – 422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Saturday, March 22
Writing & Sense of Place: Those interested in learning more about southern cuisine can catch Brys Stephens, author of The New Southern Table, for a discussion of the connections between the environment and cuisine of the south. Learn more at SELC’s event page.
2 p.m., Southern Environmental Law Center – 201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902