Kathy Almond Column: Taste of the Uwharries — Cultivating local roots

Published 2:13 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When I think of cultivating local roots I cannot help but feel nostalgic and mindful of my sense of community and place.

At the same time I also take a visionary approach as to how we might continue to cultivate local roots for our sustainable future.

Kathy Almond is CEO and president of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.

A sustainable future includes economic development, civic and social responsibility and environmental responsibility. Each are integral parts in sustaining the future, and cultivating our earth remains as critical today as it has throughout our history.

Stanly County Chamber of Commerce (SCCoC) hosted its first Taste of the Uwharries event in September 2017. This annual farm to table dinner celebrates its second year on Sept. 28.
As a farm fresh foods experience, Taste of the Uwharries brings together food and friends to celebrate our local roots and gather at the table for casual conversation.

Cultivating Earth

Agriculture has long been a backbone of our Stanly County economy. Our pastoral countryside and abundant natural resources provide a perfect landscape for crops and animal agriculture production.

Taste of the Uwharries brings local flavors to the table prepared by Chef Jason Nain of Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse.

Chef Jason features local flavors and local foods amid a well appointed buffet to delight your palate. You will enjoy tastes of the Uwharrie Region prepared by an expert who features the true flavors of food.

Cultivating Craft

From food to beverages to talent, Taste of the Uwharries features flavors and sounds of the Uwharrie Region.

Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse crafts local beer and wine that enhances your experience while listening to music performed by Joy & The Gent.

The melodies shared by Joy & The Gent remind us of our depth of local talent and how we must celebrate the art and craft of our community.

Cultivating Friends

Nothing brings friends together better than food, beverages, and entertainment shared at the table.

A late summer evening under the pavilion of the Stanly County Farmers Market at Historic Market Station in Downtown Albemarle is a perfect setting for friends to gather and share laughter and a meal.

Cultivating Community

Taste of the Uwharries brings together all that is part of what I call “community”… foods, flavors, friends and experiences that are all cultivated from our “local roots.”

Taste of the Uwharries is a farm fresh foods experience you do not want to miss. Join us at the table.

To purchase tickets online: https://stanlychamber.org/taste-of-the-uwharries/

For more information email kalmond@stanlychamber.org or call 704-982-8116.

Kathy Almond is president and CEO of Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.