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Monticello Kicks Off Heritage Festival

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Heritage Harvest Festival-goers take part in a presentation at Monticello Friday. Heritage Harvest Festival-goers take part in a presentation at Monticello Friday.

This weekend the folks at Monticello invite you to experience Jeffersonian era food and culture through a modern lens. Their Fourth Annual Heritage Harvest Festival kicked off Friday.

The Heritage Harvest Festival offers up knowledge about what the founding fathers preferred on their plates. It is a celebration of sustainable agriculture and local food in the Jeffersonian tradition.

This weekend's event builds on Jefferson's legacy as a connoisseur of food, gardening, and wine. Friday, self-proclaimed gardening geeks took part in a mix of lectures and food tasting. The main festival is Saturday with over 3,000 people expected to attend when the festival shifts its focus to wine, music and kids.

"So it's a great diversity of vendors, demonstrations, lectures, a lot of fun things, great food, music, a lot of learning activities as well as a lot of things to do," said Monticello Director of Gardens and Grounds Peter Hatch.

Friday, festival-goers learned how to make and then eat corn pone, a dish that was popular with everyone in the colonial era, from slaves to George Washington. Hatch says tracing the origins of American food back to a simpler time is what the festival is all about.

The Heritage Harvest Festival continues Saturday at the Monticello Visitor's Center. Tickets are $10 and children get in free.

Reported by Derick Waller
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