ACS is pleased to offer three 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: Richmond’s Rich History
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Start out with a guided walking tour along the banks of the James River with scenic photo opportunities when you stop at Brown’s Island and Belle Isle. Next you’ll visit Maymont to tour its stunning 1893 Romanesque-style mansion. After lunch, take time to walk the grounds and explore the Nature Center, historic gardens, and on-site petting farm with goats, sheep, cows, and pigs. Cool off from the afternoon heat with a narrated bus tour of Richmond historic neighborhoods and landmarks including: Capitol Square, Shockhoe, and Church Hill – some of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods.
Tour 3: Market to Market
8:45 am – 3:15 pm
Explore the Richmond retail scene with stops at Wegmans and Ellwood Thompson’s. At Wegmans, you’ll learn about their cheese caves and sample the unique cheeses aged by Wegmans and available exclusively in their stores. Hearing from their affineur, a monger, a producer partner, and their retail manger, you’ll get a 360ᵒ view of operations and marketing. Tour the store, sample products, enjoy lunch. You’ll then head to Ellwood Thompson’s, a small, local, independent, organic market with a mission “to feed the heart and soul of our community through local and organic foods” and to “go above and beyond to create personal connections with our customers.”