Have you ever heard of “Farm To Fork“? The event has focused on shining a light on the agricultural scene in Kansas. Since it started in 2016, it has given people from Butler County, Sedgwick County and the surrounding areas a chance to eat locally grown foods while touring where it was all grown.
The eight-day event scheduled for July 16 to 23 features three signature events, but there is something for everyone.
Farm to Fork kicks off on Saturday, July 16 with a Family “Agventure” Day at Fulton Valley Farms. It starts at 8 a.m. and you can tour approximately 30 farm, ranch & agricultural businesses across Butler County. The self-guided tour gives an educational and family-friendly experience where you can enjoy locally source lunches and meet the families that feed your families. As you enter, you’ll be given an “Agventure” passport so you can mark each location and enter for a chance to win a $200 gas gift card.
Later that night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Applejack’s Pumpkin Patch in Augusta, KS is Charcuterie with Chefs. It’s hosted by Chef Natasha Rue of The Kitchen, Scott Peggie of the Redler Culinary Institute and Tony Yaghjian of MisFit Kitchen food truck. They will demonstrate how to make a charcuterie board. Attendees will enjoy locally produced beer, wine and hard cider while learning the culinary arts from experts in the community. Tickets to this event are $45 and can be purchased here.
Although events will be taking place all week long, you’ll also want to mark your calendars for the following Saturday on July 23.
One of the best experiences at Farm to Fork is the Luxury Charter Bus Tour “Agventure” on July 23 which starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The tour begins and ends at Fulton Valley Farms. From there you’ll explore the north half of the state’s largest county in comfort and style while connecting with the families that feed you. The fun and educational day will include a locally produced lunch and scenic picnic, complete with Grace Hill wines and Walnut River Brewing beers. Tickets for this event run between $50 and $100 and can be purchased here.
If you want to make it an all day and night event, stay for the Bounty of Butler Feast Mixer & Dinner. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you will enjoy a delicious meal created with locally grown and sourced foods and prepared by the Redler Culinary Institute students of BCC under Chef Luis Pena’s guidance. Local wine, beer and hard cider will be served during the mixer and dinner. Vendor booths and educational displays will also be there, along with a silent auction. Tickets, which can be purchased here, for this part of the night start at $50.
Farm to Fork and So Much More is a fundraiser for the Ag in the Classroom program hosted by the Butler County Farm Bureau Association. They are a non-profit organization comprised of farmers and ranchers and their families who work to feed the world and educate consumers on behalf of their industry.
Here is an overview for the ENTIRE Farm to Fork Festival. Tickets for each portion separately or a full event pass is available.
July 16th – Family “Agventure” Day – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Approximately 30 Farm, Ranch & Agricultural Businesses across Butler County participate in this self-guided educational Family-Friendly Experience. Family Friendly Lunches available. Go to as many as you would like to explore! Visit them all & fill your passport to be entered to win a free $200 gas card! $10
July 16th – Value Added Workshops – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Leon – Are you interested in selling at a Farmers Market? Having your own Salsa brand? Running an AgriTourism Venue? Considering moving to the Country? These workshops are for you! Lunch available on site. $20
July 16th – Farmers After Market – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Leon – Missed your favorite Farmers Market because you were at the Value-Added Workshop? You are in luck! Set up next to the Value-Added Workshops will be a rare afternoon Farmers Market. Free
July 16th – Charcuterie with Chefs – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Applejack’s Pumpkin Patch – Augusta – Locally produced Beer, Wine, & Hard Cider available at this fundraising event & auction where Chefs demonstrate tips to make your next Charcuterie Board the center of your gathering! Then, be the high bidder and take the Chefs’ boards home with you that evening to enjoy! $45
July 16, 19-23 – Ag Art Show – Kansas Oil Museum Boardroom – El Dorado – The emphasis is on youth art this year, but other categories are open. This is not a contest, but a celebration of Agriculture. Free
July 16th – July 23rd – Farm to Fork Festival of Local Food – A countywide promotion of restaurants, food trucks, retailers, etc. to highlight their local foods & producers on their menus, signs, advertisements, & social media during this time. A specific logo will be used to promote Butler County grown/produced foods & products. Free
July 23rd – Farm to Fork Luxury Charter Bus Tour “Agventure” – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm – Begins & Ends – Fulton Valley Farms – Towanda – Explore the north 1/2 of the state’s largest county in comfort & style while connecting with the families that feed yours. This delightful fun filled educational day will include a delicious locally sourced & produced lunch and later even a scenic Pasture Picnic complete with Grace Hill Wines & Walnut River Brewing Beers. $75
July 23rd – Bounty of Butler Feast – Mixer & Dinner – 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm – Fulton Valley Farms – Towanda – Locally grown & sourced foods prepared by the Redler Culinary Institute Students of BCC under Chef Luis Pena’s guidance. Local, Wine, Beer & Hard Cider will be enjoyed during the Mixer. Vendor booths & educational displays will give the grounds a festival feel. Silent auction items will be available at every booth. $ 50
All Day July 23rd Pass (Luxury Bus Tour/Lunch/Pasture Picnic/Mixer/Displays & Dinner) $100
Full Festival Event Pass July 16 – 23 – (All Events and Meals) $150
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