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October 26 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Author Night with Diane Flynt (in conversation with Jacob Lahne).  Blacksburg Books, 401 S Main St. Free and open to the public. 

For anyone who’s ever picked an apple fresh from the tree or enjoyed a glass of cider, writer and orchardist Diane Flynt offers a new history of the apple and how it changed the South and the nation. Her new book is Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South. Alongside unexpected apple history, Flynt traces the arc of her own journey as a pioneering farmer in the southern Appalachians who planted cider apples never grown in the region and founded the first modern cidery in the South. Flynt threads her own story with archival research and interviews with orchardists, farmers, cidermakers, and more. The result is not only the definitive story of apples in the South but also a new way to challenge our notions of history. A multiple-time James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional, Diane Flynt founded Foggy Ridge Cider in 1997 after leaving her corporate career and produced cider until 2018. She now sells cider apples from the Foggy Ridge orchards in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Diane will be in discussion with Jacob Lahne, a sensory scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at Virginia Tech.


Saturday, November 4, @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
"Preserving Food in Cross-Cultural Context," Anna Zeide, United in Diversity Conference, Center for European Union, Transatlantic & Trans-European Space Studies (CEUTTSS) , Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

This presentation is for high school educators as part of the conference “United in Diversity: Engaging Students in the Shared Values of the EU and the US." The event will include a hands-on food preservation workshop. 


In the Fall 2023 semester, we are trying a new model of events to help build a durable community within the Food Studies program. The anchor of this will be a biweekly Food Studies Breakfast Discussion Series, supported by a Faculty Writing Group Grant from the Provost’s office. Please contact Anna Zeide,, for more details or if you would like to join.

We will post our more public-facing 2023-2024 Events here as the details become available. We would love to have you join us. 

Contact Anna Zeide with input or proposals for future events.

Learn more about our past events since Spring 2021 here

Check out our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook, and Instagram @VTFoodStudies for posts about other food studies-related virtual events.