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Unique Experience: Rassawek Festivals Celebrate the Local, the Handmade and the Homegrown

Updated: Jun 13, 2022

Events: Spring Jubilee (June) and Autumn Festival (October)

Location: Goochland, Virginia

More Information: https://rassawek.com


Rassawek Spring Jubilee (photo by Daniel James)

Events at Rassawek Vineyard in Western Goochland County, Virginia must be experienced to completely fathom. They defy categorization and are difficult to describe. I mean this in the best possible way.


This past weekend we attended Rassawek’s 10th Annual Spring Jubilee to promote the Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers Trail. And we were extremely glad we did! We met an incredible number of farmers market lovers who were excited about the Trail. We also immersed ourselves in this not-to-be-missed event walking around happily taking in the acres of sights and activities. Everywhere you turn at Rassawek, there is something fascinating, entertaining, educational, or delicious.


Photos by Daniel James


Chef Adventure Tent

The Virginia Farmers Market Association’s table was in the lively and fun Chef Adventure Tent. There RVAg organized a Micro-Market where shoppers could buy all kinds of locally made packaged foods. They also coordinated entertaining chef demonstrations – giving local chefs a “mystery basket” of locally grown ingredients. The chefs didn’t know what they’d get in advance but of course these pros turned out delicious dishes with what they were given. Edible Education got children involved in making food as well through their interactive kids activities.


Photos by Daniel James


A Sampling of What You Will Find

Artisan Demonstrations

Hearth cooking, wood cutting, beekeeping, black smithing, glass blowing, wood milling, paper marbling, lathe turning, wood bending, chair caning, plein air painting, steam roller printing, jewelry making, fabric dying, chainsaw carving, quilting and more!


Food & Beverages

Local prepared food vendors and food trucks, wine tastings from 10 Virginia wineries and cideries


Kids Activities

Gold panning, fishing, rockwall climbing, puppet shows, rock painting, small train riding and boating


Entertainment

Boat rides, helicopter rides, musicians, stilt walker, horse riders, antique cars, old cabins, rustic buildings


Vendor Market

Local artists, farmers market vendors, chefs and bakers sell their handmade products


Non-profit Organizations

Demonstrations from the Center for Rural Culture, RVAg, 4H, and many other area farm, food and trade organizations


Photos by Daniel James


History on Display

At Rassawek you walk through old buildings that were saved from demolition and relocated to the property. There are also restored old vehicles, boats and machinery. Historians share their knowledge and answer your questions.


Photos by Mary Delicate


About the Organizers

The nonprofit event is organized and hosted by Rassawek Ventures. Their mission is to preserve traditional skills and crafts to educate and inspire the future. They demonstrate to future generations that a career in trades can be a rewarding and fulfilling path to take.


Throughout the year, Rassawek Ventures, puts on two major festivals – the Rassawek Spring Jubilee and the Rassawek Autumn Festival. The proceeds from these two events go towards scholarships for those wanting to attend a trade school.


Learn more about Rassawek and their events here. https://rassawek.com/




The Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers Trail

If you love shopping at your local farmers market and eating with the season, this trail is for you. The Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers Trail connects local food lovers with Virginia’s farmers markets, agritourism operations, and farm-to-table restaurants.


Start planning your local food centered road trip today. Use our map to find a Virginia farmers market.


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