Henricus Historical Park and the Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development announced that it would host a festival to acclaim Virginia’s craft beers. Entitled Hops in the Park, the festival will be a venue for live music, food, and educational sessions and, of course, craft beer tastings. Hops in the Park will be held in the Park at Henricus Historical Park on Nov. 14.
There will be presentations on beer, operating a farm brewery and hops farming. The inaugural Hops will have locally-Virginia grown fresh foods and beverages as its core theme. Festival food will be motivated by what the early pilgrims would have eaten while living close to the James River. There will be clams, smoked turkey legs and other rural admission. More than 15 breweries, meaderies and cideries will be putting forth their products. To take part in the harvest celebration, every business more likely than not utilized no less than one Virginia-gathered item in their refreshments.
“This is a chance to showcase Virginia farmers and beer producers and commend the rich history of hops, which would have been planted at Henricus 400 years ago,” said Ben Humphrey, Project manager for Chesterfield County Economic Development and one of the coordinators of the festival. He said individuals from the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative reached him about having a harvest celebrating Virginia’s art brews. He pitched Henricus Park as the ideal venue, and Henricus Executive Director Charles Grant concurred.
Attendees likewise can purchase Virginia-developed food from a ranchers’ market supported by Virginia Grown, a project of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Virginia Grown is a sponsor, alongside WestRock.
A bit of the returns will advantage Henricus and the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. The cooperative has more than 175 part cultivates in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. These yards range from one third of an acre to more than 2 acres, and some develop upwards of eight varieties of hop.
The park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. For more information, call 748-1611 or visit hopsinthepark.com.