In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, on January 28, 2017, experience a Swiss way of celebrating the winter. Barren Ridge Vineyards, located just 30 minutes from our B&B, will celebrate winter with the 2017 Swedish Fire Festival.
The special dinner and wine pairing begins with a cocktail hour in the fire-lit tasting room featuring Swiss Raclette cheese and wine from Barren Ridge Vineyards (of course). Swiss Raclette cheese is usually heated and then the melted cheese is scraped off the cheese wheel to enjoy with various vegetables such as potatoes or pickles.
The catered dinner is inspired by fine restaurants in Stockholm, Sweden but will feature Virginia ingredients. Chef Tracy Hiner will begin the meal with an array of salads including a fennel, spinach, & berry salad, a sweet potato salad with apples & toasted pecans, and a kale & citrus salad. Each salad is touched with a special dressing.
The main courses include game meat, chicken, and salmon. The game feature is a venison & wild boar goulash with roasted vegetables. The chicken is served with a wild mushroom ragu. The salmon will be poached to perfection – as only Chef Hiner can do. Side dishes of braised cabbage and puréed potatoes & leeks will compliment all the main dishes.
No meal is complete without dessert! The poached pear frangipane tart will satisfy that sweet spot. The almond flavor filling with the locally grown pears will be accompanied by coffee.
Each course will be paired with choice Barren Ridge wines and live Swedish music will provide the background entertainment. Music will be performed by classical guitarists, John Paul Gladwell and John B. Clark – two highly regarded musicians around the nation.
The evening heightens with the lighting of the Swedish fires – heralded by the playing of the alphorn! The best place to view the fires is from the patio, where mulled Red Barren wine will be served to keep you warm.
Reservations are required for this special evening of fine food, wine, wonderful music, and the fires around the vineyards. Cost is $95 per person for this gala evening that is scheduled from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling (540) 248-3300.