Riot in the Pasture — a day for eating local — scheduled for May 19
GOLD HILL — Eating local is easier than ever in Rowan County.
Bread Riot, a local foods advocacy nonprofit, will demonstrate the depth of flavor available in Rowan and surrounding counties at the third annual Riot in the Pasture.
Don’t worry, the only “riot gear” required is a hearty appetite.
This local food awareness event, scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, will feature a farm-to-fork buffet, consisting almost exclusively of locally procured ingredients.
This year, the event will be held at Morgan Ridge Vineyard, 486 John Morgan Road, Gold Hill. In addition to the meal, there will be vineyard tours, children’s activities and live musical entertainment. Ticket purchases can be made online at www.breadriot.org and select locations in Rowan County, including Pottery 101 in Salisbury, Morgan Ridge Vineyard and at the Salisbury Farmers Market.
While many farm-to-fork dinners are intimate affairs, Bread Riot’s signature event is a family-friendly, casual dining experience. The full-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Jason Nain, who prepares the food at Morgan Ridge Vineyards.
Nain will be preparing a menu based on availability of seasonal, fresh ingredients from area farms. The “Riot” starts at 3 p.m. with tours of the vineyard and children’s activities.
Select vendors also will be available through the afternoon to share their knowledge and offer local products for purchase beginning at 3 p.m. Local bands will entertain throughout the afternoon and dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
Owners Amie and Tommy Baudoin will be available to answer questions about the vineyard. Amie was raised on the land, but at the time it was a working farm. Morgan Ridge received the 2012 Winery of Excellence award from the N.C. Winegrowers Association.
The Morgan Ridge award-winning wines will be for sale, as will adult beverages from Fullsteam and Top of the Hill breweries from the Triangle area. Bring a chair or a blanket for seating. There is a covered pavilion for shade but if you prefer the warmth of the sun, don’t forget your hat.
Lead sponsors for this year’s Riot in the Pasture include Integro Technologies, F&M Bank, Freirich Foods Inc., Fullsteam Brewery and Top of the Hill Brewery.
Sponsor support allows ticket prices to be $20 per adult and $8 per child, if purchased prior to the event. At the door, ticket prices are $25 per adult and $15 per child. There are a limited number of tickets,
Additional sponsors for the event include Circle D Beef, Shawn and Capri Brixey, LandTrust for Central North Carolina, Gavine Pitner, Riverbend Malt House, Rowan County Fair Association, Rowan Regional Medical Center, Rowan County Tourism and Development Authority, Salisbury Farmer’s Market, Southern States Cooperative, Urban Driftwood and Visual Joy Studios.
Others are Bank of North Carolina, Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Farm Fresh Market Place, Literary Bookpost, Pottery 101, Salisbury Art Station, Salisbury Pediatric Associates, Alice and Fred Stanback, Sweet Meadow Cafe and The Forum.
Bread Riot is a local foods advocacy group whose mission is to cultivate a thriving local economy by facilitating a supply of locally produced food, utilizing sustainable farming practices and focusing on whole-life issues, education and environmental concern.
Bread Riot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Rowan County.