Botanical Beverages

Learn how to make Shrubs, Switchels, or Oxymels. The session will explore the history of vinegar-based drinks, talk about the components, methods, health benefits, and different brewing techniques. You’ll see a recipe created and brewed using both wild and locally cultivated ingredients.


Jamie SwoffordJames Swofford
Owner – Old North Shrub

Known as The Chef’s Farmer, Jamie Swofford grows heirloom produce and boutique ingredients on his family’s farm in Cleveland County for chefs in the Piedmont and foothills of North Carolina. Before he became a farmer, Swofford spent nearly two decades as a chef throughout the Southeast and abroad. Equipped with a wealth of experience, a deep culinary understanding and a desire to preserve traditions rooted in Appalachian culture, he continues to explore food in all of its facets; from the field to special events and his own line of artisanal products under the name Old North. His love of food extends far and wide.