Farmers’ market, Wine & Oyster Classic set in Irvington
, 2014

Farmers’ market, Wine & Oyster Classic set in Irvington

Saturday, November 2, will be a busy day in Irvington as the final farmers market of the year is held on the town Commons and the first Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic unfolds at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard.

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The Irvington Farmers’ Market, judged by Virginia Living readers as a Best of the Best for 2013, is from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Joining the variety of crafts and produce this month will be live alpacas.

Planned by the award-winning Hope and Glory Inn and it’s The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, the Wine and Oyster Classic is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will showcase a team of ten of Virginia’s best chefs preparing oysters to be paired with wines from 15 of Virginia’s finest winemakers.

“It would be difficult to find a better pairing then that of two of life’s most sought after delicacies – oysters and wine,” said organizer Dudley Patteson, owner of the Hope and Glory Inn and The Dog and Oyster Vineyard. “Guests will savor local oysters prepared by Virginia’s best chefs and relish Governor’s Cup Gold Medal winning wine in an authentic Chesapeake Bay vineyard setting.”

Winemakers and wineries scheduled for the event include Stephen Barnard of Keswick Vineyards in Keswick, Jeremy Ligon of Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Josh Girard of Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Jordon Harris of Tarara Winery in Leesburg, Graham Bell of Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, Emily Hodson Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery in Afton, Skip Causey of Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Lee Hartman of Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, Matthew Meyer of Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, Kevin Jones and Andrea Kephart of New Kent Winery in New Kent, Marty Mueller of Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville, Damien Blanchon of Afton Mountain Vineyards in Afton, Doug Flemer of Ingleside Plantation Vineyards in Oak Grove, Paul Krop of Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock and Mark Hollingsworth of The Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington.

The lineup of chefs includes Walter Bundy at Lemaire/The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Todd Gray at Salamander Resort and Spa/Equinox Restaurant in Middleburg and Washington, D.C., Ika Zaken at Café Provencal/Wedmore Place in Williamsburg, Aaron Cross of Fossett’s and Fossett’s Bar at Keswick Hall in Keswick, Gary Whitecotton of The Country Club of Virginia, Anne Kirkmyer of The Dining Hall at the Hope and Glory Inn in Irvington, Scott Simpson of The Swan Terrace in Virginia Beach, Tom (TV) Flynn of the The Tides Inn in Irvington and Todd Jurich of Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Virginia Beach.

According to Patteson, the vision is to capitalize on Virginia’s recent designation as the “East Coast Capital for Oysters” and the Chesapeake Bay region, described by USA Today as “The Napa Valley of Oysters.” Wine Enthusiast magazine last year, in turn, named Virginia as “One of Ten Best Travel Destinations in the World for Wine.”

In addition to the specialty pairing of wine and oysters, the event will feature wine tastings, a Virginia oyster bar, including “Take and Carry” bags of raw oysters for onsite tailgating and picnics, other fine outdoor prepared seasonal foods and beverages, live entertainment by one of Virginia’s most popular acoustic acts, Lewis McGehee and his trio, and boutique booths with specialty food and retail products.

Tickets for the event at the gate are $30 for general admission and parking, or $40 for general admission, parking and 10 tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets can be purchased on site.

A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Richmond SPCA and the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck (providers of rescue dogs that “work” the vineyards of Virginia), and a Virginia Waterman’s Scholarship Fund for deserving students of Virginia watermen families.

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