Saturday, June 11, 2011

THIS WEEK AT THE GETTYSBURG FESTIVAL

Last night, 10 incredible voices sang under the stars in a concert that kicked off the Gettysburg Festival. Atlantic recording artists Straight No Chaser was the perfect pick for the beginning of the 10-day festival, having been described as a stylish, energetic, singing wonder that is redefining a cappella music. The group fits right in with the historical backdrop of Gettysburg, which is said to be located at the crossroads of history. The festival itself is designed to infuse visitors with a sense of the past while celebrating current American arts, culture, and cuisine.

Tonight the festival music broke loose with a funky mix of Cajun, Creole, soul, rhythm and blues performed by the Crawdaddies and Zydeco-a-Go-Go on the main stage. As the artistic director for the festival, I had the pleasure of pairing a unique Cajun-Creole cook-out with the lively French quarter music. I was also very fortunate to have Chef Jim Woltman (former PA preferred best chef) on board tonight's Mardi Gras crew. Part of the menu included Pat O'Brien's Hurricane signature cocktails, corn and crab fritters, braised collard greens with smoked local turkey legs, alligator cornbread dressing, apple brown betty, Jack Daniels pecan pie and traditional favorites like shrimp with andouille sausage and crawfish gumbo.

Tomorrow's culinary table will be set at one of the most picturesque farms in Adams county - Beech Springs Farm. The afternoon indulgence is appropriately dubbed "An Old Fashioned Sunday Supper". The dinner was created in the spirit of the farm-to-table philosophy. This basically means that every ingredient and every flavor will be at its seasonal peak and picked from local farm. In addition, Beech Springs Farm will be hosting plein air (open air) landscape artists who will create art while guests eat and mingle. I would love to see you at this very special Sunday Supper. Tickets can be purchased here.