FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/18/2016 Contact: Sylvia G. Crum, Communications and Development Director 276-623-1121



Appalachian Sustainable Development announces details of 6th Annual Farm to Fork Gala, July 30

Abingdon, VA, 6/18/2016 — Nationally known and respected for its commitment to local farmers, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will hold its signature fundraiser; the 6th Annual Farm to Fork Gala on July 30th at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport Tennessee. 100% of all money raised will fund ASD’s work in northeast TN and southwest VA. Space is limited to 250 guests. Various sponsorships, reserved tables of 8 and individual tickets that are mixed seating are available at:

Each year ASD’s Farm to Fork Gala brings together folks that recognize the importance of collaborating to build a strong local food culture. Money spent locally helps famers stay on family farms and can help to rebuild the small communities that dot the rural Appalachian landscape. Guests often include program beneficiaries, farmers, corporate partners, donors and more. Event planners work to create an inspirational menu that features the freshest, most flavorful, in-season ingredients available. This year’s menu will include dishes like: citrus-tomato-cucumber salad with red onions, early summer corn salad with seasonings and spices, beef and pork meatballs marinara over spaghetti squash, pork topped with pickled cabbage slaw and more. Open bars with local craft beer and local wines are also included.

The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30pm and live cello music by Norwegian Wood. Virginia born and bred, Corbin Hayslett is the evening’s feature musician and is sure to wow guests with his quick wit and musical skills. There will also be a live auction and blind bid auction. Back by popular demand this year is a new deep freeze stocked with local frozen meats. This item is the perfect way to extend the farm to table experience for the first timer or long-time ASD supporter.

Since 1995, Appalachian Sustainable Development, a ‘home-grown’ nonprofit has been dedicated to its mission to grow food, communities and opportunities to build a thriving Appalachia. ASD serves: Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise counties in southwest Virginia and Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, and Washington counties in northeast Tennessee. ASD operates programs in sustainable agriculture/food system development and food access. For more information please visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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