Black Olive Block Party

Friday, June 15, starting at 5pm we invite all of Lansdowne and Loudoun neighbors to join us for live music with local favorite Jumpin’ Jupiter. Enjoy food and beverages as the summer kicks off at The Black Olive Bar & Grill’s Block Party. Bring your friends and enjoy music, wine, cigars and food from local restaurants, all on a shady patio. Not sure where the Black Olive is located? We’re off Rt. 7 behind Riverside High on 65-acres of beautiful countryside at The National Conference Center.

This is sure to be a fun night and the first of Black Olive’s monthly summer entertainment series. We so enjoy working with our community partners that we’ve invitPatio at Black Oliveed them to partake and share the night.  This is a free event for the local community and businesses to come together and relax.

  • Black Olive Bar & Grill, a mammoth 200-seat sports bar at The National Conference Center, will be roasting a pig for the Block Party, along with side dishes and a full bar will be open to purchase a variety of local wine, beer and beverages.
  • Live music with Jumpin’ Jupiter, a 4-piece group known as Virginia’s premiere rockin’ and rollin’ rockabilly outfit. Dance up a storm as this band unleashes some of the most powerful and energetic music ever seen in Loudoun County.
  • Wine and chocolate pairings with Chief Wine Officer, Mary Watson-Delauder. Have you ever seen Mary in action? If not, you’re missing out on entertainment at its best. With over 30 years in the wine business and the spokesperson for Virginia Wine Tourism in 2007 and 2008, Mary has her very own following. Learn how to taste the differences in wine when paired with chocolate. Six to eight wines will be available for tasting with homemade chocolates by Chef Santosh Tiptur from The Conche Restaurant, who lives by indulging in chocolates! Mary Watson
  • Brewmasters from Solace Brewery, one of the newest in Loudoun County, will be doing tastings of their latest brews and showcasing summer ales. Let’s hope they bring Beach Bod and Sun’s Out Hops Out to taste.
  • Premium Moonshine from Belle Isle. This is not moonshine like we’ve come to know it; this is premium moonshine, made using the same techniques passed down by our American ancestors, distilled from 100% organic corn, and made with only the best ingredients. Taste and see for yourself and pair it with fabulous food from our local restaurants.
  • Mt. Defiance, located in historic Middleburg, creates handcrafted, small batch hard ciders and spirits. This Distillery focuses on the revival of classic spirits, and explores the world of “lost spirits,” those that had fallen out of favor either due to post-Prohibition mass production methods, out-of-date laws, or both. They honor Middleburg, the colonial-era town, with one of the most popular spirits of that time, rum. Taste, learn and experience.

Back Olive Bar & Grill’s pub menu, Ford’s Fish Shack, with its variety of fresh fish from up and down the East Coast and The Conche Restaurant’s chocolate and desserts will be serving $6 portion size dishes. Local farmers from Spring House Farm and Silcott Farm will be showing fresh fruits and vegetables and discussing their upcoming growing season.

MEET US in the Courtyard at The Black Olive Bar & Grill – 18980 West Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA (located at The National Conference Center to the right of the Front Desk). Free covered parking.

RSVP Today to reserve your Spot. No entry fee. $2 Tasting Tickets will be sold and $6 Food Portion Tickets will be sold.

3 Loudoun County Side Trips to add to your Meeting Agenda

Meeting planners often are looking for activities off property to enhance their attendees’ experience. Check out these three Loudoun County side trips that can be added to any meeting agenda.

Sometimes you just need to get attendees moving and out of the classroom or meeting room. In beautiful Loudoun County, known for its historic, equestrian and agricultural landscapes, there are many attractions that can be added to your meeting agenda.

The National is part of a vibrant community in Loudoun County, with its award-winning, revitalized downtown, entertainment, sports, arts, shopping, dining and agriculture including wineries, breweries and distilleries. The surrounding Loudoun area offers everything from fishing, hiking and boating to golf, antiquing and exploring historic sites.

We’ve put together three side trips that we think would add value to any meeting, training or conference. These trips can be used as teambuilding add-ons or just a fun way for attendees to spend time together, an important part of any meeting.

Challenge Your Team

Team Building at NCCIf teambuilding events are planned and executed well, people feel good about themselves and about their colleagues. This trip starts right here at The National’s Challenge Rope Course.

Low Elements -permanent weight bearing structures constructed outdoors of wood and cables and High Elements-outdoor challenges constructed of wood and cable that allow participants to be as high as 40’.  All participants are in climbing gear and are protected by belayers.

The Rope Course could take place in the morning; then break for lunch with a Southern-style BBQ in the courtyard; then off to Pev’s Paintball or Top Golf. Paintball is fast paced, high-tension game that brings people together with a little pressure and competition. In order to win a game of paintball, your team must work together, communicate, and be willing to take risks. Our team can create a customized team-building program or your group can simply learn to play the game and have a recreational event.

Top Golf Dulles , now open in Loudoun County, features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring pros to those who’ve never walked 18 holes. All you have to do is swing a club and try to hit your microchipped balls into dartboard-like targets. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s always better with a big group! There are many different packages available with food and beverage included.

Meet and Eat

Meet and EatStart the day off with a bus tour to Leesburg Farmer’s markets sponsored by EatLoco. Loudoun County is filled with rolling hills and farmland studded with orchards, vineyards, Christmas tree farms, and much more. From the eco-ganic vegetables at Potomac Vegetable Farm and the certified-humane heritage breed meats and organic produce at Ayrshire Farm to the county’s hand crafted beer, wine, and spirits, Loudoun brings the farm to your table. Visit the local farmers market with Executive Chef Todd Goldian as you plan for a custom Chef’s Table that night. That’s right, you’ll pick the produce, cook the dinner with chef in the kitchen and then visit a winery or brewery the next day. We know the value of food to meetings. Research shows that food plays an important role in ensuring meetings are more efficient and more productive when attendees are eating food that effectively fuels their minds.

Our Chief Wine Officer Mary Watson will host a winery or brewery tour with you to learn how to taste wine, what to look for when pairing wine with food and explain the Loudoun County terroir. See the full list of wineries and breweries just a few miles from the National.

Backyard History

Morven ParkStart the day with a visit to the regional park, which was the site of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. This October 21, 1861 clash was the second largest to take place in the county during the Civil War. It took place along the banks of the Potomac River, where the Union fell backward into the river in a defeat that merited a congressional investigation. The national cemetery here is one of the smallest in the country. A one mile hiking trail offers interpretive signs.

A visit and tour of Morven Park will not disappoint. The movie, “Fighting & Frolicking”, brings to life Confederate soldiers in camp early in the Civil War. The living history program features historical interpreters portraying Civil War soldiers who lived at Morven Park in the winter of 1861-62, as well as civilians.

If time permits, a driver could take your group through the Mosby Heritage Area or you could do a Middleburg Walking Tour.

End the day with a historically researched dinner prepared by the culinary team, along with a teambuilding exercise: Civil War Trivia Night in the Black Olive Bar & Grill.

Whichever you choose, each of these side trips complement  teambuilding activities or could be used as networking opportunities. Ask your conference planner for a private tour of our rope course or to help set up the culinary or historic tours. We look forward to working with you.

Serving from Our Backyard


Fresh and local feels right at home at the Black Olive Bar. The popular hangout is open to the National’s guests as well as the public each evening, with upscale bar food right out of Loudoun’s backyard.

It may be snowing and cold this time of the year but it’s a summer classic – a hotdog – that’s the star of the menu each night.

The “Farmer Dog,” as it’s been nicknamed is an all-beef, no filler hotdog made for the National by CEA Farms and Donnie Virts, a local beef rancher.

“It’s the absolute BEST hotdog you’ll ever have!” boasted a Black Olive patron, finishing the last bite.

By partnering with Loudoun farmers, the Black Olive has distinguished themselves as farm-to-table, much to the delight of local foodies as well as out-of-town guests who take in the rolling farms and vineyards on their way to the National. The Chef’s Menu Series focuses on using fresh ingredients and seasonal cooking techniques. Grilled favorites in the summer, a bounty of vegetables in the fall, and the first fresh herbs of spring are all part of the experience. With karaoke, billiards, darts, Saturday games on the big screens, and wedding after-parties on weekends, the Black Olive is keeping things fresh all winter long.

Loudoun residents can join the Black Olive Club, free of charge, and enjoy special promotions and events throughout the year.