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Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Editors' Choice for "The Southern Agenda: August/September 2015" - Garden & Gun Magazine

"Thomas Jefferson and the Beekman Boys Converge at Virginia Food Fest" - Los Angeles Times

The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello celebrates the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson, America’s “first foodie,” with more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, a bounty of heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, lessons on seed saving and gardening, an organic, local food marketplace, kids’ activities and more on the breathtaking West Lawn of Monticello. Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation and sustainable agriculture. In many ways, Jefferson was also the “architect of American life,” encouraging the growth and appreciation of the arts in America. Buy tickets early and save >>


We excitedly welcome Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell – known best as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” – as the keynote speakers for the 9th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival! When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the “Beekman Farm” in upstate New York in 2008, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. Five years later, their following now includes a hit TV show, a handful of books including the national bestseller “The Bucolic Plague,” product lines in major retailers such as Henri Bendel, Anthropologie and Williams-Sonoma and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website. Their farm and surrounding community serve as the inspiration for their popular lifestyle brand “Beekman 1802.”

On Friday evening, September 11, Monticello and the Paramount Theater will co-host the exciting Festival Opening Night and keynote presentation by The Fabulous Beekman Boys.  Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell will speak about “10 Things We Learned about Life by becoming Goat Farmers:  How Two Manhattan City Slickers Learned a Thing… or Two!” Their talk at The Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall will be followed by a reception with the Beekman Boys featuring samplings of local fare from producers featured at the festival. BUY TICKETS NOW! >>

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Missed last year's festival? Check out this great Festival video!


KimWard's picture
My family and I are planning to visit the Monticello during the harvest festival. We had planned on purchasing the "Neighborhood Pass" so we could visit the Tavern as well as Ash-Lawn Highland. If we get the neighborhood pass, do we also need to purchase separate admission to the Harvest Festival?
sstewart's picture
The Neighborhood Pass will entitle you admission into the Heritage Harvest Festival. There is no need to purchase a separate admission to attend.
Shirley Stewart
ellieR71's picture
Is the harvest festival included in the day pass?
cwollerton's picture
Yes. If you purchase a day pass for Saturday, Sept. 13, the festival general admission is included.
tracyroy's picture
are there camp grounds close for a couple to stay at for the festival/
tracy @ roy
ksmeltzer's picture
Hi, Tracy. There are some campgrounds nearby. If you go to this link, it has info about places to stay, including two campgrounds: <a href="">Places to Stay</a>.
Kristie Smeltzer
tracyroy's picture
New at this, we are getting married on sept 6th, and we want to join the festival, any suggestions?
tracy @ roy


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