We are thrilled to report, the Outstanding in the Field event scheduled for September 15, 2012 at Indian Line Farm sold out in just four hours the day tickets went on sale — just yesterday.
Berkshire Farm & Table contacted Outstanding in the Field over a year ago with an interest in bringing the organization to this region to help put the spotlight on our farms and the excellent quality of food that is being produced here in our restaurants by dedicated chefs committed to a farm-to-table mission. Indian Line Farm in Egremont was selected because of its history as a working farm, the birthplace of the first CSA in North America. Brian Alberg at the Red Lion Inn was the ideal chef to bring on board for the dinner as he has been instrumental in galvanizing a Berkshire culinary movement – as a chef supporting local farms, as a farmer raising his own heritage breed pigs, as a mentor for youth interested in culinary arts through Railroad Street Youth Project and as President of Berkshire Grown’s Board of Trustees.
This dinner will showcase the agricultural and culinary talents of our region, and we are very excited about this outstanding culinary event. Berkshire Farm & Table is interested in economic development around Berkshire food culture — creating strong draws for visitors to the region in the off-peak months, otherwise known as shoulder seasons. This demand for Outstanding in the Field further demonstrates the Berkshires as a destination for culinary experiences — adding tremendous value to our theaters, museums and music, the culture that currently defines us. We are energized by this sold-out event and continue to make a case for culinary tourism, which we believe is an ideal reason to visit the Berkshires at any time of year.
Our region is primed for great food events featuring our locally grown, produced and crafted food and the storytelling that can help attract visitors to come here to enjoy them. Outstanding in the Field is just the beginning and we can’t wait to get started!