Woodbury nature center presents gourmet picnic, auction Aug. 28

WOODBURY — A special event, Farm to Flanders – The Ultimate Gourmet Picnic & Auction, is set for Aug. 28 on the grounds of theVan Vleck Farm & Nature Sanctuary in Woodbury.

The event features a multi-course, farm-inspired gourmet picnic prepared by renowned chefs and packaged in a reusable cooler tote, sponsored by New Morning Market, to take home, according to a New this year statement, supporters can choose to attend “Meet , Mingle & More” or “Picnic Your Way.”

“Meet, Mingle & More” attendees will be greeted by a champagne toast courtesy of Drakeley Real Estate at the Flanders Sugar House at 4 pm, with hors d’oeuvres prepared on site and jazz music performed by “Out of Orbit.” The Litchfield Distillery will mix signature cocktails and Reverie Brewing Co. will provide craft beer.

“Picnic Your Way” attendees can pick up their multi-course meal at the Flanders South Barn between 12-2 p.m. These guests are welcome to enjoy their meal on one of Flanders’s seven preserves or at home.

This year’s event chefs include coordinating chefs John Bourdeau of The Owl Wine & Food Bar and Carlos Perez of @ the Corner Restaurant & Pub, as well as Michael Bates-Walsh of 1754 House Inn & Restaurant; Dennis DeBellis of John’s Café; Derek Dugan of Lucas Local Oyster Bar; Matt Kirshner of Uncle Matt’s Bakery and Café; Ashley Nelson of Sweet Nelsons; Clark Neugold of The Foundry Kitchen & Tavern; Carole Peck of Good News Restaurant & Bar; Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis Restaurant; Karen Rotella and NVCC culinary students.

An auction is also part of this year’s event and is online, so anyone can bid. Items include a three-night stay in Bar Harbor, a 1-week Lake Winnipesaukee vacation, and a Winvian Farm getaway. To see the items and bid, go to www.32auctions.com/FarmtoFlanders2022

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost for “Meet, Mingle & More” is $125 per person and “Picnic Your Way” is $85 per person. Meals are limited.

Additional items are available for purchase, such as a bouquet of flowers, wine from Walker Roads Winery, and spirits from Litchfield Distillery. This event has sold out the last two years and all are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

To purchase tickets or donate go to www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call the Flanders office at 203-263-3711.

The event is Flanders’ major fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds benefitting its mission of providing environmental education and the preservation and stewardship of open space. The major sponsors for the event are New Morning Market, Drakeley Real Estate, 1754 House, Ericson Insurance Advisors, and Woodbury Bethlehem Community Music Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Director of Development, Jennifer Callery-Stokes at 203-263-3711 x15 or by email at jennifer@flandersnaturecenter.org.

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