If you live in an apartment in Blacksburg, VA October is a fun time of year. Fall begins, food tours are in full-swing and there are all kinds of events and festivals to celebrate fall. October is the final month for many area farmers markets. While the downtown Roanoke market continues year-round, the Grandin Village Community Market folds up its tents on Saturday, Nov. 1. By month’s end markets from Blacksburg to Floyd to Vinton will pack up their wares for the winter. Be sure to partake of autumn’s bounty while you still can.
Have you heard of the Discover Roanoke Food Tours? Give the guides three hours and you’ll eat, drink and learn all kinds of Roanoke history and trivia. Begun nearly a year ago, the original food tour has now been joined by a brunch tour and, most recently, a craft beer tour, where tour-goers visit three local microbreweries and sample 12 beers.
For more on the local beer scene, check out “From Grain to Growler” at The Grandin Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 4-6:30 p.m. The event includes beer tasting from six local breweries, a 40-minute documentary on the Virginia Craft Beer explosion and a panel discussion.
The last Grandin Village “Chillage” of the year will rock on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 9 p.m., featuring live music and beer from Parkway Brewing Co., Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, R.J. Rockers Brewing Co. and Troegs Brewing Co. Food trucks on site will include Lick BBQ Co. and Deb's Frozen lemonade.
Four Corners Farm in Rocky Mount invites anyone interested in learning more about where their food comes from to their Fall Farm Day, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. There will be hayrides and walking tours of the working farm, all culminating in a potluck meal.