We're very excited to announce not just one but two brand new events for 2019: Farm to Fork Fondo – Asheville on June 29 & 30 nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, NC and Farm to Fork Fondo – Louisville on October 19 & 20 at the world-class equine operation Hermitage Farm in Goshen, KY.
FARM TO FORK FONDO - ASHEVILLE
The Asheville event will be the second stop of our 2019 Farm to Fork Fondo season and will highlight the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of the vibrant city of Asheville. Fairview is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and filled with picturesque farmland and the edible adventures along the Western North Carolina Cheese Trail.
Family-owned and operated, Hickory Nut Gap Farm will host all the festivities including a Meet the Farmers Dinner on June 29 where participants can dine with the participating farm families hosting aid stations along the ride routes. Hickory Nut Gap Farm will also host the start/finish on Sunday, June 30. Participants can expect rolling to hilly terrain in Asheville.
In the Asheville area you’ll find an abundance of independent shops, farm-fresh eateries, and a remarkably distinctive mountain vibe is what you will expect as you stroll through the vibrant entertainment hub in the heart of Asheville. The passionate food culture has evolved the region's restaurants palate, and chefs are now seeking out sustainable food to provide farm-to-table restaurant experiences. Hickory Nut Gap Farm is both a destination and a source with pasture raised meats, agritourism, and other agricultural pursuits.
Fall in love with the land's gently rolling pastures that cradle herds of grass-fed cattle, pastured pigs, and free-range laying hens just as founders Jim and Elizabeth McClure did 100 yeas ago.
FARM TO FORK FONDO - LOUISVILLE
Our 2019 season will also extend just outside the home of the Kentucky Derby, and birthplace of Bourbon at historic Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky. With roots that span generations, Hermitage is a world-class equine operation tied in Kentucky’s rich farming industry. Purchased in the 1800’s as part of a land grant, Hermitage has been a working farm for nearly two centuries. Ride alongside renowned broodmares, foals, and yearlings that graze the land.
Hermitage will host all the festivities including a Meet the Farmers Dinner on October 19 where participants can dine with the participating farm families. Hermitage will also host the start/finish for the ride on Sunday October 20. Participants can expect flat to rolling terrain.
Louisville is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiast because it prides itself on its green space. The city is home to 18-designed Frederick Law Olmsted parks. Spend your evening exploring the culinary capital of bourbon country, sipping Whiskey and indulging in famous Kentucky fried chicken.
Both rides will include the standard 4 Farm to Fork Fondo distances from an 8-10 mile Ramble Ride to a 70-90 mile Gran Fondo. Following the ride will be a catered farm-to-table barbecue and festival featuring live music and local vendors.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be revealing details on new course routes, partner farms, full weekend schedules, menus, lodging, and more!