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A taste of spring fresh from the gardens of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. On June 2nd, Patowmack hosts LoCo Eats! featuring regional foods, chefs, and wines.

Spring is creeping in like a lamb this year instead of rushing straight to summer like a lion. The weather has been mild and the landscape is lush and green. It’s the perfect time to get out to the countryside and take in the sites and tastes of the season.

The ultimate celebration of the spring season in Loudoun is the Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour. The third weekend in May (that’s THIS weekend!), numerous farms and wineries throughout Loudoun open their gates to visitors for tours, seedling and plant sales, and more. This self-guided driving tour takes visitors in and around the heart of rural Loudoun, along scenic byways and gravel roads, and onto the farms and vineyards that make Loudoun DC’s Wine Country.

Want to experience life behind-the-scenes in hunt country? The annual Hunt Country Stable Tour takes visitors onto some of the nation’s premier Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, and country estates.  Few of these sites are normally open to the public, making this a unique opportunity to drive onto these scenic properties. The tour also features a Country Fair at the host site, Trinity Church in Upperville. The fair offers horse themed arts and crafts, ice cream, treats for dogs, and more.

On June 1st, the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon takes runners past stunning vistas and ends with a Wine & Music Festival at Doukénie Winery. The festival is open to the public and features food, entertainment, wine tastings from Loudoun wineries, and more.  Not a runner?  Then relax and take in the scenery of Loudoun’s wine country on one of Reston Limousine’s Destination Races Wine ToursOn Friday and Sunday of the race weekend, Reston Limousine will be hosting public wine tours to two Loudoun wineries for only $39 per person for transportation. No running required – just enjoy the ride.

If you’d rather have all the tastes of Loudoun come to you in one place, then LoCo Eats! is where you want to be.  Presented by The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, this event brings together the farmers, winemakers, and chefs of our region to celebrate our foods and to give back to the community.  The day will feature ongoing cooking demonstrations, a mystery basket challenge, and plenty of sampling of food and wine. A portion of proceeds will benefit the event’s sponsored charity, Mobile Hope.