Located midway between Staunton and Lexington, VA, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, is the “breadbasket of the south” – Raphine, VA. That’s where you will find Wade’s Mill – a working flour mill that has been in operation since 1750!
One day per year, Wade’s Mill celebrates another Shenandoah Valley favorite product – apple butter! This year is the 20th Annual Apple Butter Festival happening on October 17th, 2015. In the tradition of “real” apple butter, there will be a huge copper pot heated over an open fire. The aroma is yummy! And you too can help stir this wonderful favorite fall food. The final product will be available for you to try and buy to take home with you.
The festival is not only about the apple butter. There will be some great food and bread baked in the outdoor oven. Watch and learn about the old ways of baking and cooking. There will be fresh chestnuts from Pettijohn’s Chestnut Orchard. Talk to the orchard owners about how to use this specialty in your baking and cooking or roast them over an open fire and hear them pop! Karen Pettihohn grinds flour from dried chestnuts – so you can purchase delicious Gluten FREE desserts from Karen’s kitchen!
Most people think of Vermont when talking about maple syrup. But pure maple syrup is also made in the mountainous regions of VA! Mike Puffenbarger of Southernmost Maple Sugar Products will be at the festival telling the story of real maple syrup produced in Virginia. He will share how the sweet stuff is harvested and produced and will share some great recipes using maple syrup.
Mountain View Farm will be on hand with craft cheeses produced locally. A sip of wine from Rockbridge Vineyards will pare very well with these cheeses!
Great bluegrass music will be provided to add to the fun. “The New Corner Grocery Blur Grass Band” will play in the first part of the day and Kathryn Young and Friends will provide some great musical entertainment during the afternoon.
Watch some craftsmen at work forming iron into great gifts and useful products. James McGavock will have a forge hot and will demonstrate the old craft of working the iron into horseshoes and other necessary hardware. Learn about the art of basket weaving from Cindy Miller, owner of House Mountain Baskets. She will make baskets in a Shaker style using old style, authentic materials.
The Apple Butter Festival will be a day filled with history, food, music, crafts, and APPLE BUTTER! Make your plans to visit this special spot in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.