'Beekman Boys' To Be Featured Presenters at Leesburg’s 2014 Flower & Garden Festival
The Flower and Garden Festival is Leesburg’s signature event and has marked the unofficial start of spring since 1990.
The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” will be featured presenters at the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival.
Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge’s “Living an Heirloom Life” presentation will highlight the efforts involved in heirloom gardening, eating seasonally and the value behind both. Sponsored by Leesburg Today, the Beekman Boys will begin their presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014, on the new festival stage located just off King Street.
When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York in 2008, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. A mere five years later, they have a hit TV show, bestselling books, product lines in leading retailers, a massive social following and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website.
Known best as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” from their hit television reality show airing on the Cooking Channel, the duo has put their stylish stamp on seasonal living. Their farm and surrounding community serves as the inspiration for their lifestyle brand, “Beekman 1802.” The brand’s signature beauty, home & food products can be found on the shelves of Henri Bendel, Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma and other national retail partners.
The Beekman 1802 cookbook was launched on QVC to record sales, and the memoir of their farm life, The Bucolic Plague, was a national best seller. The 2011 launch of their Beekman 1802 Blaak Cheese resulted in a wait-list of over 7,500 people. In 2012, over 12 million Americans (and millions more around the globe) watched as they went from “Ultimate Underdogs” to First Place Winners on CBS’s multiple Emmy-winning The Amazing Race.
The Beekman Boys’ presentation will be free to all festival guests, but seating will be limited and early arrival is suggested. Following the presentation, a complimentary book signing will be offered. All three Beekman books will be available for sale on site, and at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center before the festival. For more information about the ‘Beekman Boys’ please visit their website at beekman1802.com.
The Flower and Garden Festival is Leesburg’s signature event and has marked the unofficial start of spring since 1990. For more information about the festival, schedules and vendors, please visit the festival website at www.flowerandgarden.org.