Bluegrass and barbecue
Barbecue and music lovers can head to Lake Lure this weekend to sample tasty food and hear some great music.
Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek in Lake Lure will host a "Farm Festival, Pig Pickin and Bluegrass Music" event on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The farm, owned and operated by Larry and Kathleen Crocker, has evolved from a horse farm to finished pork operation.
"I'm a riding instructor and with the economy changing the way it has, my main big property sold it and closed up. So we started direct marketing pork from our farm," Crocker said. "We've always raised our own pork and beef for ourselves and we have a niece and nephew who started direct marketing their beef. We buy our beef from them and they buy their pork from us. So it's a family thing."
Community members will get a chance to try the pork during the pig pickin part of the day. Pastured pork barbeque, complete with all of the trimmings, will be served at 4 p.m. Plates are $8 each.
"We wanted to let people know what we are going now and give them an opportunity to see our farm and try some of our meats. We thought this would be a good way to do it," Crocker said.
Leading up to the barbeque, the day's events will begin at 10 a.m. when local farmers and businesses will exhibit and sell their wares and provide demonstrations with hands-on participation. Some of these demonstrations will include beekeeping, soap-making and eco-friendly tree removal. There will also be farm tours. The cost for the event is $5 and children under six are free.
Live music during the day will lead up to the bluegrass music which is set to begin at 6 p.m. The musical line-up will include "Most Wanted Bluegrass" and the "Cockman Family." People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.
The farm is located at 530 Cedar Creek Rd. in Lake Lure. For more information call 828-429-9312 or visit www.vandelefarms.com/farmfestival.