Led by one of Biltmore’s farm to table experts, Butcher David Jones, this fascinating demonstration takes you behind the scenes of the estate’s sustainable agriculture program.

During the first 60 minutes, David will share the skill and artistry required for whole-animal butchery*. This traditional practice is rooted in honoring the whole animal, reduces waste, and delivers exceptional cuts of meat that inspire culinary creativity. You will see and hear how the vision of sustainability shared by George Vanderbilt and Frederick Law Olmsted became reality, and a tradition that continues to guide the estate’s agricultural practices today. Following the demonstration is a 30-minute question and answer session.

This activity includes opportunities for participants to sample estate-raised fare featuring Biltmore wine, pork tenderloin, and cheeses.

Select Thursdays Available:

  • May 30
  • June 13
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 25

For a more comprehensive agricultural experience of Biltmore Estate, consider pairing this activity with our Farm to Table Tour and Taste, offered Wednesdays and Fridays.

*Guests will be viewing an in-person pork butchery demonstration which may involve uncomfortable and unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells. This demonstration does not include live animals, nor will guests take part in the demonstration.


Maximum of 20 participants per tour. Demo takes place at Bistro in Antler Hill Village. Advance reservations required. To participate in this activity, guest must have a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Bottled water provided, plus sampling of estate-raised fare, and a keepsake Biltmore culinary gift.

Estate-raised fare selection and demonstration details subject to change seasonally based on harvest and product availability.

Cost $125
Duration 1.5 hours
Hours of Operation 11 a.m. Select Thursdays
Location Antler Hill Village
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