’Round the Mountain: Culinary & Agritourism

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  • Food and beverage education, and promotion
  • Farm-to-table development
  • Farmers market development

In 2019, Friends of Southwest Virginia developed and implemented a new role to better showcase the region’s unique food and beverage crafters and creators.  The SWVA Chef & Culinary Ambassador does this through many new and creative initiatives. Whether he is at a local farmer’s market conducting cooking demonstrations and tastings, or in a local community doing farm-to-table dinners, the Culinary Ambassador is always telling the stories of the region’s farmers and producers.

Charles Parker

Charles Parker

SWVA Chef & Culinary Ambassador


Promote & develop the regional food, farms, and agritourism of SWVA.

“Chef Charles is a true ambassador for Southwest Virginia. He is always available for ‘CHEF DEMOS”’ featuring masterpieces that he sources that day at the market. He is an innovative individual that is always generous with his compliments to our farmers. One needs to spend only a brief amount of time with Chef Charles to know he is a man that loves his profession. He has chosen well and Southwest Virginia is all the better for his decision.”
David McLeishAbingdon Market Manager
“Chef Charles is becoming a mainstay in Southwest Virginia’s agricultural, agritourism, and culinary scene. He skillfully crafts phenomenal dishes from the freshest products within Virginia on a regular basis. At many events where I see him, he acts as a regional ambassador and frequently emcees the event since his persona lends itself to leading the crowd.”
Adam FarissIron Heart Winery LLC / Fariss Farms LLC
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