Hundreds of cyclists to celebrate the region’s farms, food and landscapes next fall
The award-winning bicycle event series Farm to Fork Fondo will include a stop in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in 2017. 500 cyclists from throughout the country are expected to attend Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires on September 23 and 24, 2017 at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA.
“With hundreds of farms, beautiful pastoral landscapes, supportive rural communities, and tremendous support for the farm-to-table movement, the Berkshires is an ideal location for a Farm to Fork Fondo event,” says event founder, Tyler Wren.
The event will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms, where cyclists will sample chef-prepared food made from each farm’s ingredients. Course options for all abilities will range from 10 to 100 miles.
"Bringing awareness to our region’s breathtaking agricultural landscape, and the farms and food makers we celebrate, is our mission,” says Angela Cardinali, founder of Berkshire Farm & Table, a supporter of the event. “I can’t think of a better way to experience an exceptional Berkshire September, than cycling our roads, and taking in the classic beauty and rural charm we have to offer."
Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield will serve as the start-finish venue on September 24, and host a pre-ride ‘Meet the Farmers Dinner’ on September 23. "We are excited to bring a farm-to-table focused event to Hancock Shaker Village,” said Jessy McMahon, development associate at Hancock Shaker Village. “The Shakers practiced sustainable agriculture, and we continue to honor that legacy today with our 750-acre working farm and CSA. We hope that Farm to Fork Fondo will bring awareness to the farm-to-table movement in the Berkshires, and highlight Hancock Shaker Village as a farm-to-table destination."
Additional local farm and food partners will be announced in coming months, and online registration will open in January, 2017.
Visit FarmForkFondo.com for more information.
ABOUT FARM TO FORK FONDO
Farm to Fork Fondo is a series of non-competitive cycling events in rural areas throughout the Northeast. The mission of the Farm to Fork Fondo series is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers and beautiful landscapes. Ride options range from 10 to 100 miles, and include several on-farm rest stops where participants sample chef-prepared treats made from each farm’s ingredients.
For more information, visit FarmForkFondo.com
2017 Farm to Fork Fondo Series Calendar
- June 11: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley
- June 25: Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes
- July 16: Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont
- July 29: Farm to Fork Fondo – Pennsylvania Dutch
- August 27: Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine
- September 24: Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires
ABOUT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
Centrally located in the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum and farm. The 750-acre National Historic Landmark depicts daily life at the Shakers’ City of Peace through its 220 years. The fully restored Village includes 20 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of authentic Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes, as well as heritage breed farm animals and hiking trails. There are tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops, and a variety of activities for children and families, plus a museum store and café. For more information, call 800.817.1137 or see www.HancockShakerVillage.org.
ABOUT WRENEGADE SPORTS
Wrenegade Sports produces the Farm to Fork Fondo event series. Wrenegade Sports was founded by former professional cyclist, Tyler Wren, with the goals of promoting physical activity in a fun and supportive environment, creating achievable challenges for people of all ages and abilities, benefitting host communities, and using events as a platform for social good. For more information, visit WrenegadeSports.com.
Wrenegade Sports Marketing & Production Manager