As Richmond’s food and dining scene has been elevated both regionally and nationally over the past few years, one culinary event has risen to the occasion to not only show off all the region has to offer, but to involve the community and foster a deeper understanding of the area’s culinary talent, our roots, and where the industry is going.
Billed as “a gathering for the food curious,” Fire Flour & Fork, which returns November 17th – 20th for its third year, is a four-day culinary celebration, featuring dinners, dine-around events, culinary tours, tastings, demonstrations, and parties, produced by Real Richmond Food Tours in partnership with Virginia is for Lovers.
Tickets for this year’s event go on sale Monday at 10:00 AM, and they’re sure to sell out. This year’s festival will benefit Tricycle Gardens, Shalom Farms, Slow Food RVA, Renew Richmond and the Center for Rural Culture, among others. Last year’s event raised more than $12,000 for local charities.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect to find at this year’s event, per Fire, Flour & Fork organizers:
- A kick-off lunch at Shagbark featuring Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life and Shagbark’s Walter Bundy.
- Sommelier and author Jason Tesauro will take guests through a wine tour of the world from A to Z, using his “Grapetionary” as a map
- A “Pie (Popcorn & Pop) in the Sky” roof-top dine around event, featuring sweet and savory pies in a starring role with Joy Crump, Brian Mercury and many more
- “Smoke on the Water,” Clay Trainum, Randy Doetzer and some of Richmond’s best barbecuers and their friends smoking it up at Upper Shirley Vineyard on the James.
- “Kiss My Indian Grits,” a Sunday brunch combining Southern and Indian brunch traditions and wines at Lehja
- “Swanky Swine,” a farm tour and luncheon at Autumn Olive Farms hosted by Clay and Linda Trainum with Ian Boden of The Shack and Joe Sparatta of Heritage celebrating the longstanding connections between the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond
- “Dinner of the Seven Fishes” at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing with Dinner in Field and Cory Sheldon to kick off the holidays Italian-style
- “Biscuits & Bloodies,” a biscuit bash brunch at Belle Isle Moonshine with biscuits from Early Bird, Sugar & Twine, The Black Sheep and more
- Food, wine and spirit tours in and around Richmond, from the spices of C.F. Sauer to the oysters of Merroir to the fields of Manakintowne Specialty Growers
- A celebration in film and food of the 100th birthday of Virginia-born Edna Lewis
- A dine-around event highlighting Virginia’s CORN-ucopia at the John Marshall Ballroom, featuring 15 chefs from near and far
- Expert speakers and chefs sharing their secrets, stories and recipes at The Valentine on November 19th
- An Artisan Tasting Tent loaded with Virginia’s best food products, from oysters to pimento cheese, at The Valentine in historic Court End
- The John Dabney Dinner at The Black History Museum & Cultural Center and bartender battle for the Dabney cup
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