Farm To Fork A local Celebration of Family, Food and Farms



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Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads will host 4th annual Farm to Fork local food celebration on Sunday, September 21st from 3-6pm at the Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

“This is a vibrant event,” says Director Kirsten Halverson, “that brings together a community of people to celebrate the wonderful local food found in Hampton Roads.”  The event features local food tastings prepared by seventeen Buy Fresh Buy Local partner chefs, using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the farms and waters of Hampton Roads. Taste local beer, wine and cider while enjoying live music and a contra dance band from the area.

Activities for the kids will include a live farm-animal exhibit and local food crafts. Vendors will sell local honey, soap, jam and more. An extensive raffle with items donated by local businesses will also help raise money for the Hampton Roads chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local, which is a non-profit organization that helps connect consumers to fresh, local food and helps support small, family farms and producers.

For a more personal interaction with the chefs and farmers who make this event possible consider buying a VIP ticket.  VIP tickets allow you to arrive half an hour earlier to engage with the chefs, farmers, brew masters and wine makers who make this event possible.  VIP tickets are limited and cost $49 per person, or $399 for a reserved table of eight.

VIP and general admission tickets to the event are limited and are available online. General admission tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door for guests 12 and up. Children ages 8-12 are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and children under 8 are free. For tickets and additional information, please visit:



Virginia Food Systems Council


The Virginia Food System Council’s mission is to work to advance a nutrient-rich and safe food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy, viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland. Specifically included in our mission are the following:

  1. To address and strengthen Virginia’s food system in a comprehensive, system-wide and holistic manner by bringing together a wide variety of organizations and interests to examine and identify opportunities for improving the food system for all Virginians.
  2. To develop education, policy recommendations, and implementation strategies to improve the availability and accessibility of healthy, nutritious food for all Virginians.
  3. To partner with and build the capacity of agencies, organizations, individuals and communities to address local, regional, and state food and agriculture issues that relate to food availability and accessibility.
  4. To educate and communicate to the public and key decision-makers the relationship of the food system to health, economic development, natural resources, and social well-being.
  5. To encourage and create stronger links between farmers and consumers through efficient processing, storage, distribution, marketing, and education systems.
  6. To assist and promote the development of local enterprises and business entities that support community-based food production and consumption.
  7. To be a communications channel for and with existing local and regional food work groups or councils.

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