Pre-Conference Tours

ACS is pleased to offer Pre-Conference Tours to introduce conference attendees to the conference host city! Tours will be held on Wednesday, July 31st. Tickets for each tour cost $95, and include lunch, tastings, and transportation. Tickets for each tour can be purchased during conference registration.

Tour 1: Virginia Town and Country

8:30 am – 3:15 pm
Experience two environments and their unique products, a Farm Brewery and an Urban Cidery. Surrounded by rolling green hills where they farm their own ingredients, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery is a unique brewery that works with the Virginia Farm Bureau and secured funding from USDA grants to offer a holistic approach to beer production right on the farm. Take an ATV tour of the property (optional), stroll through their fields of hops and barley, and enjoy lunch from their downtown food truck on site. Next stop is a tour of Blue Bee Cider, a 2019 Good Food Award winner and Virginia’s first urban cidery, where you’ll sample ciders paired with local cheeses.

Tour 2: Market to Market

8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Explore the Richmond retail scene as you follow products on a “before and after” journey. Learn about and sample the unique cheeses aged in Wegmans’ custom cheese caves in Rochester, NY, and exclusively available in their stores on the “before” segment of this tour. You’ll hear from their affineur, a monger, a producer partner, and a retail manager for a 360° view of operations and marketing. Tour the store, sample products, enjoy lunch, and have time on your own to browse and shop as part of the complete Wegmans experience. An afternoon stop at local nonprofit Feed More takes you to explore retail “after”; where they collect, prepare, and distribute food to community members in need. Officially established in 2008 when the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels merged, Feed More’s services cover 34 cities and counties. Hear from their leadership and tour the facility to learn more about how the Richmond community is reducing waste while providing neighbors facing hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.