June is Moonshine month in Virginia’s Franklin County, featuring events celebrating the wicked heritage and fiery flavors of this lightning liquid. Named the Moonshine Capital of the World during the Prohibition Era, hooch was the foundation that drove the local economy and today stands as a fascinating symbol of the region’s rich history.
All About the Hooch
For those looking to get a history lesson about moonshine, you can visit the Moonshine Heritage Exhibit from June 1st – 23rd. Hear the legends and myths behind the rebellious concoction that made Virginia’s Blue Ridge famous, along with some interesting facts and local history behind The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. From photography and food pairings, you’ll be sure to get your fill of moonshine for the evening.
Moonshine Chef’s Menu
You’ve probably experienced a wine or beer pairing dinner, but have you ever had a moonshine pairing dinner? Join Executive Chef Stephen Demarco as he creates delicious recipes paired with samplings from Franklin County’s finest distillers. Not only will the dishes delight, but the pairings are guaranteed to pack a punch. Reserve a spot on the June 2nd or June 16th event by calling (540) 853-8280.
You can’t call it moonshine month without moonshine tasting. To try a full range of flavors come by every Friday for Friday Moonshine Tastings. Franklin County Distillers will bring you batches made from locally sourced products for you to try on the rocks or in the form of traditional cocktails, but beware, moonshine is known to bite!
Stay Where it All Began
Get the full moonshine experience by reserving a room at the epicenter of June’s moonshine events, Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. A historical gem itself, the hotel was built in 1882 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With beautiful Tudor-style architecture, it’s the ideal spot to feel like you’re transported right back into the Prohibition Era.