We'll Riot Rain or Shine - We've got it COVERED!!
Do NOT be concerned about the possibility of rain tomorrow. We have you covered! Literally :) Morgan Ridge's gorgeous and perfect facility will make it easy for us to Riot, rain or shine! The pavilion and surrounding buildings will provide us with plenty of dry space to enjoy the event regardless of what mother nature throws our way!
It's time to Riot! Join us for the 3rd Annual Riot in the Pasture, a celebration of local food with a farm-to-fork meal, music, entertainment, kids' activities, and a full afternoon of fun! This year, Riot is hosted by Morgan Ridge Vineyards, the NC Wine Grower of the year, in their gorgeous, sun-kissed location in southern Rowan county. To learn more about our venue, read this profile article.
Two stages, vineyard tours, fabulous Morgan Ridge wine, beer made with local barley from Fullsteam Brewery and Top of the Hill (and plenty of it - no running out this year!), and an amazing menu - think Chilled strawberry and Morgan Ridge Chambourcin soup with cool mint cream, Sweet Potato Gnoochi with basil pesto, Southern Fried Chicken, and North Carolina All the Way hot dogs and pizza for the kids --mmmm... And that's just a sampling; see more at breadriot.org!
As in years past, Bread Riot encourages everyone to bring chairs and blankets (and sunscreen!) to enjoy the afternoon in your perfect spot. Farmers and producers will be on site to sell their goods and make you a lifelong fan, so bring those reusable bags and plan to do some shopping!
From sawmill to winery, the land in the family of Amie Baudoin has been passed through five generations. Nathan Morgan settled the land that is currently Morgan Ridge Winery in the late 1800's when he started a sawmill. His son, Noah continued the sawmill with his sons, delivering lumber to the Rockwell Furniture Store for "high quality" caskets, one of the more interesting uses of the lumber. The land then passed to James, Amie's grandfather and finally to her father Donald. When Amie grew up on the land, it was no longer a sawmill operation, but a working farm, with chickens, cows, pigs and corn to entice a little girl outside. Amie grew up roaming the area, enjoying the outdoors and attaching her roots to the soil.
When in 1997 Amie inherited the property, she decided to come back home to be rooted again on the land. Her challenge was to find a way to make a living that would allow her to stay on her family's land. At the time of this transition, Amie met Tommy, who is now her husband. They both enjoyed going to wineries and vineyards and from this love of the land wine, grew a plan to plant a vineyard and start a winery.
Since neither had any experience with wineries other than the tasting rooms, Amie and Tommy hired a consultant to help them get started. They became students of viticulture and enology at the same time. They had to learn how to grow good grapes before they could even begin to create good wine and just like a vegetable producer, they worried about weather, soil nutrition and Ph, rainfall, diseases and harvesting. They still worry about the same things today, as does anyone who coaxes a food crop from the soil.
Welcome to Bread Riot's 3rd annual Riot in the Pasture, hosted this year by Morgan Ridge Vineyards! Riot in the Pasture is a celebration of local food complete with a farm-to-fork dinner, local entertainment, kids' activities and local vendors. We had a great turnout last year and hope this year will be even bigger and better! We expect nearly 400 people whose primary interest is local food. The goal of Riot in the Pasture is to connect those people most interested in purchasing local with you! Please consider joining us and showing Rowan and surrounding counties just how diverse our bounty truly is (and hopefully, gain some new customers in the process).
Please read the below carefully and keep this document for reference, as you may need this information as we get closer to the event date.
There are many opportunities for volunteers to help us to make this year's Riot in the Pasture a success. If you can lend us a hand before, after, or during, for just a little while, we would be eternally grateful!We are most in need of people to help us on the event day - May 19th. We have a lot to set up and also need people help throughout the event and with clean-up. If you're willing lend a hand - please complete the form below and we'll be in contact soon. Many thanks!