Montfair Resort Farm held it’s 4th annual Fall Festival Sunday, November 11th. The festivities were held on the 125 acre property that has been family owned and operated since 1965. Leorah and Dave Vincenti own and run the resort farm with it’s 10 cottages and multitude of activities to partake in. Montfair is a picturesque location just outside of Crozet that is notorious for holding beautiful weddings and other events. The Fall Festival was held to promote Montfair as well as other small businesses in the community.
The festival had lots of family-friendly activities scheduled to entertain the crowd. Guests were given tours of the beautiful cottages on the woodland landscape. Pony rides were available for the children at this family event. Fishing, cornhole and volleyball were enjoyed by the pond. Even free delicious apple cider was available to all on the chilly November day.
There was music in the indoor venue space where Freddie Frazier and the Blue Mountain Boys performed. The bluegrass band was a hit and people even began to sing along. The band’s CD was being sold along with other Montfair merchandise. Also being sold were locally written books about the flora and fauna common in the surrounding Blue Ridge area.
Apple butter was being made and sold on site by a family who produces it simply as a hobby. Apple butter takes about ten hours of labor to produce. The process of creating apple butter is by combining apples with cider and stirring in a vat continuously until the sugar in the apples is caramelized. This gives it its thick consistency and longer shelf life compared to apple sauce. The apple butter was a big hit at the festival and was a perfect complement to this autumnal day. Other food was available from Charlottesville’s gourmet food truck, Mouth Wide Open.
Additionally, there was a coat drive benefiting the IRC, the International Rescue Committee, supporting refugees as they acclimate to their new lives. To date, the IRC of Charlottesville has helped settle nearly 4000 refugees from over 32 countries and was a cause that Montfair was very intent on supporting at this event.
People loved exploring the various hiking trails throughout the property. Owner Leorah Vincenti led a nature journal sketching session in the forest. The scenic views on this property were the enticing factor that brought people out to the event.
Other activities included Master Artisan Joe Sheridan leading a rustic chair demonstration and a lantern walk throughout the property. The evening wrapped up with s’mores and a bonfire by the lake.
The event was filled with people of all ages, and plenty of dogs as they were warmly welcomed to explore the property. The event was a huge success and was a lovely fall gathering for the community.
If you would like more information on Montfair Resort Farm or any of their events their website is linked below.
Written By Courtney Schoeb