Riot in the Pasture coming Sunday
GOLD HILL — Bread Riot’s third annual Riot in the Pasture will look a little different than previous years — it won’t be on a farm.
Who: Bread Riot, a local nonprofit food advocacy groupWhat: Riot in the PastureWhen: 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, dinner at 5 p.m.Where: Morgan Ridge Vineyards, 486 John Morgan Road, Gold HillCost: $20 adults, $8 children in advance; $25 adults, $Tickets: Online at www.breadriot.org or at the gate
Instead, the farm-to-fork dinner will take place at Morgan Ridge Vineyards, where seven acres of grape vines will serve as the backdrop.
“Most people don’t really think about a vineyard being a farm, but they deal with the same weather issues to harvest,” said Sherry Walker, one of the event organizers.
The first two Riot events took place at Correll Farms and Hoffner Organic Farms, which are both in the western part of the county.
Walker said Morgan Ridge’s Gold Hill location in southeast Rowan also made it an appealing option to play host.
“We try to move it around every year,” she said. “Morgan Ridge has been a supporter all along.”
The event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, will feature a full course dinner prepared by Morgan Ridge Chef Jason Nain. The buffet will be available starting at 5 p.m.
The meal will include fresh ingredients from area farms such as Bird Brain Ostrich Farm, Wild Turkey Farms, T&D Farms, Correll Farms and Miss Jenny’s Pickles.
The Bread Basket will provide bread to go with dinner and granola for the strawberry sundae desserts, which will be made with ice cream from Homeland Creamery.
Morgan Ridge will be selling wine during the event and craft beer from Fullsteam and Top of the Hill breweries will be available.
In addition to the meal, there will be children’s activities and live musical entertainment by No. 9 Coal, David Myers of Big Break and the Dionne, Hodges, Murphy Trio. Solo acts include Willow Catherine, Jeff Martinez, Mike Graham, Micah and Matt Church.
Vineyard owners Amie and Tommie Baiduon will be available to answer questions about the operation. Amie was raised on the land, but at the time it was a working farm.
Capri Brixey, president of Bread Riot’s board of directors, said Sunday’s event is really about educating the public.
“The whole point of the event is really to bring awareness to the fact that there are local goods available here, why they are better and why Bread Riot is around,” she said.
Brixey said the local nonprofit food advocacy group seeks to change purchasing decisions.
“If you take one thing you purchase regularly and instead bought it locally that would put more money back into the local economy,” she said. “It’s also more nutritious because it doesn’t have to travel so far.”
Walker said the event will help people understand the breadth of local food available.
“It’s more than tomatoes and green beans in the summer,” she said.
Walker said the event will also build community.
“Research conducted around farmers markets suggest that they are more than just your local neighborhood store; they connect people,” she said. “We are hoping Riot in the Pasture will function in the same way.”
Turner suggests bringing chairs or blankets for seating.
There is a covered pavilion for shade, but those who prefer the warmth of the sun should bring a hat and sunscreen. No pets are allowed.
Brixey said people might want to have reusable bags handy to carry around things they purchase from vendors at the event.
“I’m not sure how many of them will take credit cards, so people might want to bring a little extra cash,” she said.
In the case of rain, the event will be moved under the pavilion.
Turner said tickets are going fast, so it’s best to purchase them in advance.
“Ticket sales are ahead of last year,” she said. “Plus, it’s cheaper to buy them now.”
Lead sponsors for the event include Integro Technologies, F&M Bank, Freirich Foods, Fullsteam Brewery and Top of the Hill Brewery.
Brixey said those sponsors and grants have helped keep the cost of the event down.
“Farm-to-fork meals are generally very expensive event to attend, ticket prices are usually between $75 and $100,” she said.
Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.