Monticello Hosts Heritage Harvest Festival

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Thomas Jefferson is famous for authoring the Declaration of Independence -- but did you know he was also a revolutionary gardener? He's even been dubbed America's "first foodie," and his historic estate will soon celebrate his legacy with a food and garden bonanza.

The Heritage Festival at Monticello (931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia) kicks off Friday, Sept. 11, featuring more than 35 pre-festival workshops to choose from. 

Spend a few hours with a gardening expert and learn about the evolution of coffee, explore Thomas Jefferson's experimental garden or pick from a list of other premium workshops ($15-$55).

The main event is Saturday, Sept. 12 on Monticello's West Lawn, where you will find chef demonstrations, a bounty of fruit and vegetable tastings and kids' activities, all included with your ticket. 

General admission tickets are $15 until Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. and bump up to $20 on the day of the event. Tickets for kids ages 5-11) are $8; kids under age 5 get in free. There's also a $40 family pass option for two adults and two children. VIP packages are also available.

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