The 12th annual FreshFarm Markets Farmland Feast, one of the biggest fall food events, happens on Monday, November 10, at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC. What began as a small group at Ristorante Tosca in 2002 has become a full-blown gathering of local food, farmers, chefs, sommeliers, and producers; much like the growth of the FreshFarm farmers markets, which have expanded to 13 locations in the larger metropolitan area. Tickets range from $150 for the cocktail reception to $300 for the sit-down dinner, which supports the nonprofit organization and its charitable programs. Here’s a rundown of what to expect by the numbers.
$2,000,000: The amount of money raised since Farmland Feast began in 2002.
2: Quantity of live chickens one can win in the live auction, along with a coop from Rent a Coop.
520: Number of attendees expected this year.
50: Farmers who’ll party along with guests at the event.
800: Bivalves Rappahannock River Oysters plans to shuck and serve at the oyster and beer bar.
36: Liters of local spirits used in the opening reception, including pours from Green Hat Gin, Boyd & Blair Vodka, and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye.
225: Bottles of local wine to be served from the likes of Barboursville Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyard.
75: Tacos from Chaia DC for whoever bids on 25 week’s-worth of food from the vegetarian taco vendor in the auction.
207: Number of head chefs and sommeliers who’ve participated in Farmland Feast since the beginning.
406,000-plus: Shoppers who frequent the 13 FreshFarm market locations per year.