Escape to Loudoun County, the East Coast’s premier wine region, this Labor Day weekend for the second annual Epicurience Virginia- a one-of-a-kind edible showcase that brings Virginia’s award-winning wines and farm-to-table cuisine to the grounds of historic Morven Park.
Epicurience Virginia, in partnership with SAVEUR Magazine, takes place Aug. 29-Sept 1 and not only celebrates Virginia’s rich culinary scene, but connects attendees directly to top tastemasters, winemakers and farmers. During the main event on Aug. 30th, sample Virginia’s finest wine, beer, spirits and cuisine in the Grand Tasting Tent sponsored by Virginia Tourism Corporation, watch celebrated chefs cook up culinary creations and attend seminars on Virginia’s wine and cider scene in the education tent sponsored by Virginia Wine. SAVEUR Magazine Editor-in-chief and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, James Oseland will also be joining us again this year at the Grand Tasting.
Chefs participating in the demonstration pavilion sponsored by Sterling Restaurant Supply include TV host, author and chef Nathalie Dupree, Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant (DC), Shannon Overmiller from The Majestic (Alexandria), Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck (DC) and Jason Alley with Pasture & Comfort (Richmond & Charlottesville). Ingredients for the demonstrations are being sourced from Ayrshire Farm.
New this year, attendees have a chance to win the Ultimate Winemaker Experience during the Speed Blending Competition sponsored by the Loudoun Winery Association. Interested participants can enter the code Epicblend when buying tickets for a chance to partake in an afternoon blending session where they will work with a Loudoun winemaker to create their own unique blend. At the end of the day a winner will be selected to spend time over the next year working with a winemaker to help create a wine to be released at Epicurience Virginia 2015.
Attendees looking for a more intimate food and wine experience can purchase VIP tickets to get into Early Mountain Vineyards’ airstream, modeled after its tasting room, and the VIP tent furnished by Bella Villa and featuring exclusive tastings.
Hotel packages that include discounted tickets and transportation packages from Reston Limousine are available online at epicvirginia.com.
Additional culinary events will take place throughout the weekend at Loudoun’s wineries and historic estates including wine and cocktail pairing dinners, farm-to-table picnics and the opening night event at the Marshall House where attendees can meet Dupree, farmers and winemakers to learn how Virginia’s unique products get from farm to fork and vine to glass.
Each Grand Tasting attendee will receive a Schott Zwiesel etched wine glass provided by Founding Sponsor Fortessa Tableware Solutions. Other sponsors this year include Capital One Bank, community media partner Loudoun Times Mirror & the Virginia News Group, Loudoun Virginia Economic Development and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.