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Foodie Q&A: Wesley Engelbrecht of Sage Bird Ciderworks 

I grew up in Northern Virginia, specifically in the Chantilly-ish area. We ate a lot of home cooked meals from my mom. In early high school, I wanted to be a chef and own a restaurant. I ended up changing that career path and I went more into science and math for my undergraduate at James Madison University.

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Restaurant hosting drag show pushes back against hateful messages

Mikey Reisenberg, the owner and chef of Mashita, Harrisonburg’s Korean-inspired restaurant, turned this week to Instagram stories for support following negative comments about an upcoming drag show.

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Broad Porch Coffee’s ‘big wins’ rejuvenates beloved downtown space

Harrisonburg has welcomed back a cherished community space with the opening of Broad Porch Coffee’s third location at 47 Court Square. It was the former site of the beloved and ultimately troubled Artful Dodger, a genre-defying cafe, music venue, and dance club affectionately referred to as “Harrisonburg’s living room.”

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Looking to ride the rising wine tide in Harrisonburg? Here’s how. 

Wine can be intimidating. Thousands of grape varieties and countless winemaking techniques result in a seemingly endless selection. Names in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and more add another layer of complexity for those trying to navigate the world of wine. Situated in the center of Shenandoah Valley wine country, a region of at least 40 wineries, vineyards and ciderworks designated by Virginia Wine, Harrisonburg is emerging as a hub to explore the diverse world of wine. 

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7 trauma resiliency strategies for farmers we can all try today

Farmers, food business owners, conservationists, Virginia cooperative extension agents, and other farm-adjacent folks from across the state gathered last week for a kind of a catch-up, reflection and exchange of ideas after the most recent growing seasons. 

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From Army dreams to gluten-free sweets: Baker finds a place in town

If you’ve savored BMC Bakes’ pastel macarons, sugar-coated donuts or neatly packed layered cakes in a jar, you might not have realized they were gluten-free. That’s precisely how Sarah Baker prefers it. 

Extra caffeinated: New coffee shop Drifters opens in Black Sheep’s former spot

Lexy Shifflett, wearing a green and white tie-dyed Drifters Cafe t-shirt, aligned a fresh countertop while her father-in-law guided the saw. She and her husband, Lukas Shifflett, were hard at work earlier this month transforming the Ice House location, which previously housed Black Sheep Coffee, now relocated at 80 E. Market St. And as of Tuesday, Drifters was open for business, adding to the growing ranks of Harrisonburg’s coffee shops.

Bikes & Brews: Illiterate Light takes its pedal power on the road after a test ride at Pale Fire

It’s Wednesday and I’m rattling up I-81 in a Ford Transit bound for Newport, Rhode Island. Our cargo? Six bikes, eight solar panels, four guitars, one drum kit, and five people. This weekend will be Virginia-based rock duo Illiterate Light’s second time hosting Newport Folk Festival’s bike stage. To prepare for the festival, the band hosted a pop-up show at Pale Fire Brewing on Monday evening.

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