This past weekend we partook in the Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The festival is a celebration of gardening, sustainability, local food and the preservation of heritage plants – all things that we wholeheartedly advocate for on a daily basis. As you might imagine we were thrilled to be there, especially since this was the second outing for our recently acquired 1974 Citroen cheese truck.
To make a very long story short, we encountered automotive challenges during our morning ascent to Monticello. Suffice it to say, we left an ample trail of transmission fluid and a massive cloud of white smoke in our wake (which may still be hanging over central Virginia). The mechanical fracas managed to cause a fair share of chaos among festival organizers and other vendors (most of which were mired in the traffic jam our stalled out vehicle created).
The situation was bleak and we briefly contemplated shutting down for the day, but eventually Team Feast decided to see it through. We arrived at this conclusion largely due to the influence of and encouragement from other vendors. Over the course of our tumultuous morning numerous merchants went out of their way to lend assistance- everything from makeshift towing services to purchase of transmission fluid to pushing of vehicles up hills. We are extremely grateful to have been the recipient of so much kindness. Specifically we would like to extend special thanks to:
- VA Vinegar Works
- Gryffon’s Aerie
- Primo Wood-Fired Pizza
- Renard Turner and the Vanguard Ranch crew
- Billy the tow-master at Charlottesville Wrecker
- All the rangers at Monticello with their various motorized vehicles (which we used liberally) and resourceful solutions to modern day mechanical failures and challenging terrain
It is unquestionable central Virginia has a vibrant local food scene rife with top-notch growers, artisan food producers and vendors. What most folks may not realize is how supportive the community is of one another. There is a genuine interest in mutual success. Ultimately, the altruistic nature of our food community is probably its greatest attribute and we are proud to be a part of it. Thanks again!