September 21 & 22, 2013
Saturday, 11am to 6pm | Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Enjoy fall at Stratford Hall!This popular event features wine tasting from Virginia wineries, Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater oysters and other specialty foods, arts and crafts vendors, children’s arcade, and much more. All activities included in admission price. Discounted tickets sold on-line. Vendors interested in applying for a booth for the event can mail in our application/agreement form.
Participating Oyster Growers
Chapel Creek Oyster Company is a family-run oyster farm that grows oysters in the sheltered habitat of the Piankatank River…in sight of the Chesapeake Bay. The growers are members of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association and Virginia Shellfish Growers Association, and are partners with Sensible Seafood through the Virginia Aquarium. http://www.shuckum.com/main/index.cfm
Chessie Seafood‘s owner and grower, Tommy Leggett, works with Jackie Harmon and Amanda Jackson to raise oyster seed in the salty waters of the York River until they reach market size. The York’s salty water gives oysters a unique and desired taste that locals of the Chesapeake Bay crave. http://yorkriveroysters.com/
Deltaville Oysters offers oysters raised in the pristine waters of the lower Rappahannock River and harvested by hand in small batches. These high quality oysters have a sweet, buttery taste, with medium saltiness and a rich, clean finish…enjoyable on the half-shell, cooked, or used in recipes. Deltaville also offers shoreline restoration services. http://deltavilleoystercompany.com/
Dragon Creek Oyster Company‘s Bruce Wood (of Dragon Creek Aqua Farm) has been delivering oysters to restaurants since 2005. Wood’s artificial oyster-growing reef produces a milder, sweeter oyster due to the low salinity level in the Chesapeake Bay. Wood doesn’t hesitate to point out that the water in which an oyster lives greatly affects its flavor. http://www.slashfood.com/2010/09/24/the-chef-and-the-oyster-farmer/
Rappahannock River Oysters‘s origins can be traced back to 1899, when James Arthur Croxton, Jr., purchased 5 acres of leased river bottom in the Rappahannock near Bowlers, Virginia. Today Croxton’s great-grandsons, Travis and Ryan Croxton, operate the much expanded oyster grounds to produce tasty Virginia oysters that they describe as “the greatest tasting oyster in the world.” http://rroysters.com/
Sewansecott Oysters from the H. M. Terry Company are premier quality shellfish grown by a family-owned and family-run operation. You can find any of their team–from the newest crew member to the CEO and President of the Company–running boats daily in the pristine waters of Hog Island Bay, Virginia, to bring their customers the best oysters and clams available on the market. http://hmterry.com
Ward Oyster Company is one of the largest cage oyster farms in Virginia, distributing its oysters nationwide. Ward Oyster Company has about 10-12 million oysters in cages near the mouth of the Ware River, near the town of Ware Neck in Gloucester County. The Ware River is one of four rivers that feed the Mobjack Bay and eventually the Chesapeake. http://www.wardoyster.com
Ingleside produced their first wines in 1980, and is proud to be one of the pioneers of the modern Virginia wine industry. Over the last 30 years, they have won numerous awards from state, national and international competitions. http://www.inglesidevineyards.com
Vault Field Vineyards is located on historic Vault Field Farm near Kinsale, in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Their award-winning wines are the result of a marriage between an exceptional terroir and the latest techniques in viticulture. http://vaultfieldvineyards.com
Trump Just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Trump Winery follows Jefferson’s footsteps in making new world wines inspired by the French wine regions of Bordeaux and Champagne. With a deep sense of place, we aim to tie together terroir and innovation. http://www.trumpwinery.com
Horton World Class Wines Made in Orange County, Virginia. http://hortonwine.com
Williamsburg From humble beginnings, The Williamsburg Winery has experienced continuous growth through an expanding portfolio of wines. The introduction of the 2007 Adagio is, for the moment, the culmination of a single-minded goal to produce the highest quality wines in the world. Noted wine educator Kevin Zraly has opined that The Williamsburg Winery makes “some of the best wines in the world.” http://williamsburgwinery.com
Mattaponi is a national and international award winner for best fruit wines! National winner by the American Wine Society and international winner by the Riverside International Commercial Competition in California, and Governor’s Cup Award-Winning Medal, Richmond, Virginia. http://www.mattaponiwinery.com
General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery is located in the heart of Virginia’s historic Northern Neck, a peninsula lodged between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers which flow into the Chesapeake Bay. George Washington referred to it as “the Garden of Virginia.” http://www.generalsridgevineyard.com
Glass House Winery is a boutique winery in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail in central Virginia known for crafting artisan wines made solely from grapes grown on the property and in the region. The winery cultivates their grapes with meticulous care, while striving to treat the earth as respectfully and gently as possible in the process. http://www.glasshousewinery.com
Cooper Vineyards is located in Louisa, Virginia, just a short drive from Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. Cooper Vineyards offers a variety of wines to fit for a variety of tastes. http://www.coopervineyards.com
Athena Vineyards was established in 2002 by three nurses. Their interest in winemaking led to the construction of the winery in 2005. Athena has become the first commercial vineyard and winery in Northumberland County, Virginia. The vineyards overlook the Great Wicomico River with 15 acres of over 20 varieties of grapes. http://www.athenavineyards.com
Oak Crest Vineyards, a long-time effort by the Conrad Brandts family, culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in 2002. The winery’s creation involved a combination of genetics, scientific bent, fortunate opportunities, and the urge to create good wine and share it with others. Enjoy the relaxed Old World atmosphere in their authentic post-and-beam tasting room offering free tastings of the 13 wines currently available. Taste the Bordeaux-style reds and Rhine-style whites, ranging from dry dinner wines to luscious sweet dessert wines. Bring your own picnic lunch to accompany the wine and enjoy the deck or patio in the shade. http://www.oakcrestwinery.com
Rogers Ford Farm Winery planted their first vines in 1980 when the modern Virginia wine industry was still very much in its infancy. They were growers for many years, selling fruit to other wineries. Their first commercial vintage as a farm winery was in 2000. They are very proud to have three generations of family working together in the vineyard, winery, and tasting room. They currently produce just over 1000 cases a year, which is tiny by most standards, but that’s the way they like it. Limited and small-case lots allow them to craft wine of rarity and distinction, a product that is unique, genuine, and honest. You’ll discover a new favorite when you taste Rogers Ford wine. http://www.rogersfordwine.com/index.html
- Advance Purchase (Online) Wine & Oyster Taster Ticket (1-Day) $40 — ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
- Wine and Oyster Taster Ticket Purchased at Gate (1-Day) $45 .
- Advance Purchase (Online) Wine Taster Ticket (1-day) $20.
- Wine Taster Ticket Purchased at Gate (1-day) $25.
- Non-Taster Ticket (1-Day) $10.
- Child Ticket, Non-Taster (Over 6 and Under 13) (1-Day) $5 . Child Ticket (6 and Under) Free.
- Rain or Shine! No Refunds on Tickets.
- Tasters must be 21 or over.
Memory Lane Car Club
The Memory Lane Car Club will be showing over 75 classic cars at the Second Annual Stratford Hall Festival Car Show on Sunday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Memory Lane car club was formed in January 2011 for owners of antique, classic, and even exotic motor vehicles to get together, enjoy operating, working on, exhibiting and driving our machines. The club participates in several types of events and is very involved with local communities, doing “cruise-ins” after regular meetings from April through October. They also exhibit their vehicles to help raise funds for charitable and non-profit organizations, such as Stratford Hall. The club meets in Kilmarnock on the second Sunday of every month except December, and anyone with an interest in automotive history…even if they don’t own an antique car… is welcome to join. Check out the Memory Lane Car Club website for contact information and background of this unique group.