Last week, the Meetings + Events team made the trip to Hope Glen Farm to attend the Company Picnic Expo, which included a pig-roast lunch, and to check out all that the venue had to offer. The historic farm is located in Cottage Grove and offers a restored 1860’s civil war barn with a loft, large pavilion, corn crib, well house and outdoor areas. The pig roast was held in the outdoor pavilion, which can hold up to 300 individuals, and was hosted by This Little Piggy Catering. We were treated to a buffet of pulled pork, hamburgers, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, baked beans…. I could go on and on. The food was delicious and they even had a DIY popcorn bar!
After lunch, we toured the facilities including a man cave and bridal suite used for weddings that take place on the property. The indoor barn provides an atmosphere of rustic elegance and offers fun extra amenities like a loft, AV and sound equipment and a photo booth. The outdoor pasture is massive and for this event, Hope Glen Farm had it decked out in games. Managing Editor Bobby Hart and I raced through a track in human hamster balls and the whole group tried our luck at hammerschlagen. They also had set up tug-of-war, bean bag tosses and a bounce house.
The Company Picnic Expo was put together to exhibit how Hope Glen Farm can be transformed for businesses to use for weekday events. With so much space and so many different building options, the property really lends itself to everything from formal weddings to casual luncheons. Walking around the property, I could see a variety of events taking place there, each fitting into the backdrop nicely. We left the event with full stomachs and a great first impression of the property. I’m excited to return in the future and see how Hope Glen Farm transforms its space even further.