2019 Farm-to-Table Events


We feel it is important to support the growing regional food system by sharing the talents of Appalachian chefs with you. They source locally and create delicious, unique meals. We also use these events as an opportunity to support WV nonprofits focused on  healthy food, farm, or lifestyle initiatives. $10 of your ticket price will be donated to a specified charity in the state.
Please join us for one of these amazing evenings!


Our Celebrating the Seasons Dinner Series features a regional chef cooking at the Salt-Works each month, using local ingredients. A portion of the proceeds from these events is given to a local non-profit that supports farm, food or healthy life-style initiatives. 

April 11th: Chef/Farmer Kristin Smith of The Wrigley Taproom and Eatery, Corbin, KY. Menu here. Tickets available here.

May 20th: The Culinary Arts Class from Carver Career Center. Menu available here. Tickets available here.

June 28th: Chef Wes Arnold of Cafe Appalachia of Pollen8 Inc. Menu available here. Tickets available here. 

July 22nd: Chef Stephen Gustard of The French Goat, in Lewisburg, WV. Galaxy Wine Distributing, with Eric Sorlin of Taub Importers, will be doing wine pairings. Menu available here. Tickets available here.

August 15th: Chef Chris Dilts from The Waterwheel Restaurant of The Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs, VA. Menu available in July. Tickets will go on sale July 25th.

August 29th: James Beard nominated Chef Ashley Capps, from Buxton Hall, Asheville, NC. Menu available in late July. Tickets will go on sale on August 8th.

September 16th: Chef Matt Welsch of The Vagabond Kitchen, Wheeling, WV. Menu here. Tickets will go on sale on August 26th.

October 8th: Chefs Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm, Lost Creek, WV. This dinner will feature offerings from Hawk Knob, Appalachian Cider and Mead. Menu available in September. Tickets will go on sale on September 17th.



The 3rd Annual BB&T Malden Salt Fest will be Saturday, September 28th! This event is free to the public and will host Craftsmen and Food Vendors from all over Appalachia to celebrate the history of the Kanawha Valley. Specifically the history stemming from the Salt Industry that once thrived in the valley, and now, thanks to Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne, continues to prosper in a new light. 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in the Valley. We will celebrate this as well.

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Musical performances by:

Charles Wesley Godwin

FOOTMAD Lou Maiuri  and the Appalachian Country Cloggers

Brothers of Faith: Gospel Bluegrass

Stony Point Band: Old Time Appalachian music

Historic Talks by:

Dr. John Stealey, of Shepherd University, author of The Antebellum Kanawha Salt Industry and Western Markets

Bill Drennen, author of Kanawha Salt, The Stories of Jesse Cox

Dennis Bills, author of several books about Presbyterianism in the Valley

All authors’ books will be for sale

Other Activities:


The WV Quilt Documentation Project: Bring your quilt dating before 1970 to have it documented by Quilting expert Fran Kordek

Old Fashioned Cake Walks

Tours of the Salt-Works, including the Old Salt-Works, take a train to the old farm

The Daniel Boone Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be demonstrating how people lived at that time

Kids Zone

Paint pumpkins, donated by Gritts Farms

Color a T-Shirt (given out at the parade)

3 Legged Races

Burlap salt bag races

Stories from Adam Booth

DesCoveries Wild Animal Shows with Gary Bussa

Food Trucks

Food and Craft Artisans

Wine, Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please click here to open the Vendor Application. Please send completed applications to Ashton Pence through email (, fax (304.925.7946) or mail ( 4797 Midland Drive, Malden, WV 25306 ). Thank you and we hope to see you at the Salt Fest!


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Event Photo Gallery

Are you interested in having an event at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works? We can handle anything from a casual BBQ to a wedding reception for 300. Corporate retreats, group meetings, lunch and a tour? We do that too! Please contact Marie Clark for information and pricing: or (304)925-7918 (office) or (304)982-3017 (cell)

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