Harvest Festival

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Vintage Virginia Apples
and the CoveGarden Ruritan Club
invite you to our 17th annual

Apple Harvest Festival!

November 4, 2017 - 10am to 5pm


Festival Features

Apples..................Apples..................and more Apples! Fresh pressed cider, mulled cider, hard cider

Apple Butter and Brunswick Stew simmering over open fires, made on site by the CoveGarden Ruritans

Old fashioned Fried Apple Pies, Rachel Willis' Caramel Apples, and more.

Local Food Vendors featuring: Gryffon's Aerie Beef and Foods of All Nations Barbecue

Artisan Food and Craft Vendors: Caramont Farm Cheese, Pettigrew Woodworks, White Oak Baskets, Farmstead Ferments, Tall Cotton Farm and dozens more offering jams and jellies, hand crafted soaps, ironwork, jewelry, and baked goods


Hayrides over the mountainside, all day

Music throughout the day


Featured Artisans:

    • 10:30-10:50: Apple and Cheese Pairing w/ Caromont Farm and VVA
    • 11:00-11:20: Jay Rostow VA Vinegarworks: Making and Using Vinegar at Home
    • 12:00-12:50: Apple Pie Contest!
    • 1:00-1:20: Meg Shelton: Cool Season Gardening, Fall into Spring
    • 1:30-1:50: Apple Tasting with Vintage Virginia Apples, book signing with Tom Burford
    • 2:00-2:20: Daniel Perry: Making the Perfect Jam
    • 2:30-2:50: Deborah Harriman, Master Gardeners : “What’s the Buzz?  How to have a bee-friendly garden”
    • 3:00-3:20: Vintage VA Apples:  Starting the Home Orchard
  • Albemarle Pippins $34/bushel
  • Tours of Albemarle CiderWorks cidery

Apple Pie Contest

Enter a pie into the Apple Pie Contest sponsored by Charlottesville Cooking School. Entries must be made by 11:30am the day of the festival.  The first place winner recieves a $100 gift certificate from Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle CiderWorks, and the second place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from The Charlottesville Cooking School.  The judging panel will be comprised of local food luminaries, so bring your A game!

Details for the Apple Pie Contest:

  • Please email fruit@albemarleciderworks.com to preregister.  Put "Pie Contest" in the subject line, give your name, phone number and why you want to enter or a little background about your recipe/method.
  • All entries should be turned in to the events tent by 11:30 on the day of the festival.
  • Once entered into the contest, the pie will become property of the CoveGarden Ruritan club to be sold by the piece after the contest.  Proceeds will go to their charitable efforts.
  • Each entry should be accompanied by a card with name, phone number and recipe (including crust ingredients and what varieties of apples were used).
  • All pies should be in a disposable pie tin.
  • First and second place winners will be announced at 12:30, prizes will be awarded in person or via email.