An Evening with Chef Sean Brock & Chef Travis Milton
The Virginia Highlands Festival is pleased to announce that James Beard Award–winning Chef Sean Brock will join Nicewonder Farm Culinary Director, Travis Milton for what’s sure to be an entertaining, educational, and enlightening discussion around Appalachian heritage cooking starting at Barter Theatre’s Gilliam Stage on March 4, 2020 at 7PM.
Preceded by The New York Times bestselling cookbook “Heritage,” Sean Brock launched his sophomore cookbook “SOUTH” in October 2019. Fresh off his nationwide book tour, Brock will chat with fellow chef Travis Milton in a place close to where both were born and raised. These childhood friends will touch on everything from heritage foods to the incredible cultural and biological diversity of Appalachian cuisine, followed by audience Q&A. Individual admission includes a signed copy of “SOUTH” and photo ops with Brock & Milton following the conversation.
“I’m excited to get these two best friends on stage discussing something they’re passionate about,” said Virginia Highlands Festival Executive Director Becky Caldwell. “It’s a rare chance to take part in such a candid conversation, and I can’t wait to see the direction it takes.”
"Locals have followed both chefs for years, whether they caught Sean Brock's appearance on Netflix’s Chef’s Table or enjoyed Chef Milton's food at The Virginia Highlands Festival's very own Gala Dinner," said Committee Chair Kate Rush. "Offering a chance to hear from two culinary greats in a place that USA Today recognized for its Best Small Town Food Scene makes this event even more special. Delight in our restaurants, then stay for the show!"
Tickets are on sale now for $50/per person at bartertheatre.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $125 each by calling the Festival office at (276) 451-8360. Proceeds from these sales will benefit programming for the 2020 Virginia Highlands Festival.
About the Virginia Highlands Festival: Founded in 1948, the Virginia Highlands Festival is an annual, 10-day event devoted to the celebration of Southwest Virginian heritage and rich Appalachian tradition. Held in historic Abingdon, Virginia, the Festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year. The Festival was selected as the “Best Art Event” by the readers of Virginia Living magazine in 2019, recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, and has been consistently named as one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Tourist Attractions over the past four decades. In 2020, the 72nd Virginia Highlands Festival will run from July 24-August 2. To learn more about the Virginia Highlands Festival and this year’s events, please visit http://www.vahighlandsfestival.org/