On Sunday night I had the chance to attend one of the amazing Hill & Holler events celebrating Virginia Cider Week. My friend Genevieve and her husband Lane told me they had tickets the week before and since Genevieve and I had gone to a previous Hill & Holler event together, they invited me to join them. I bought a $65 ticket from my phone on the spot and counted down the days.
Hill & Holler is a farm dinner event company that puts on seasonal dinners in creative ways featuring local food and drink. This event was held at the new Meriwether Springs Vineyard. Named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis, the vineyard sits on his original estate. Talk about history!
In celebration of Cider Week Virginia (November 15-24), Sunday’s dinner was a cocktail party with multiple stations of cider tastings and food served on carts.
We enjoyed many tastes of cider – from super dry to tart to slightly sweet to flat.
I love the surprise of a food cart rolling out with something new!
The idea to put each dish’s description on a necklace was brilliant!
The dishes were all fantastic –
Beef Carpaccio with oyster mushrooms
Brussels sprouts with orange peel, aioli and pom –
Lobster roll with handmade salt and vinegar chips –
Roasted Rock Barn pork papusas with avocado and pickled chili
The dessert carts were especially exciting!
A lemon olive oil cake with crème fraiche
And my favorite dish of the evening – a salted caramel apple pie! The crust chips were like toffee.
Happy Cider Week to all and to all a good night!