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Tickets now on sale for 2016 Fire, Flour & Fork

The four day “gathering for the food curious” kicks off November 17th and includes dinners, talks, demonstrations, and much more.

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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

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Photos: Folk Fest Sunday

See you next year Richmond Folk Festival it was great having you back.

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Photos: Folk Fest Saturday

The rain kept crowds down but that didn’t stop the performers from blowing it out of the park, again. You’ve got one more day to enjoy the festival.

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Essential Info for Your Folk Festival Weekend

The 17th Folk Festival kicks off on Friday here is what you need to know to make the most of the weekend.

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The 17th Richmond Folk Festival begins tomorrow, Friday, October 8, and runs for three days full of more music, food and fun than you can imagine. 

With five stages and nearly 70 performances over three days many people plan to spend more than one day at the festival. Add in more than 30 food vendors, a crafts marketplace, a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, and one of the most beautiful festival sites in Richmond, and we think you’ll want to go for multiple days to experience as much as possible

Here are a few essentials to enhance your visit:

Festival Hours

  • Friday, October 8, 6:30-10 pm
  • Saturday, October 9, 1-9:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 10, 1-6 pm

Performers
Read up on all of the fantastic artists who will perform. With styles ranging from jazz to gospel, Irish, rockabilly, salsa and more, there’s something for everyone to love or learn about.

Performance Schedule: Take a peek now so you can plan ahead!

Easy ways to get to the festival

  • Use a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber and get dropped off at 690 Byrd Street
  • Ride your bike and park at 2nd and Byrd Streets or 5th and Tredegar Streets
  • Walk across the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (or the T Pot, if you’re a local!)
  • Paid parking is available in nearby surface parking lots and street parking in the area 
  • GRTC offers FREE and easy public bus transportation options for Downtown’s riverfront. Plan your trip here.

Maps and directions
The Richmond Folk Festival takes place on downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront, from 2nd to 7th streets and from Byrd Street to the river – including Brown’s Island, the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, portions of Federal Reserve parking lots, and Tredegar Street.

Admission
FREE! Enjoy all of the performances on all 5 stages at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

Donations
This is a LARGE festival with a hefty budget that is supported largely by generous sponsors. However, the festival needs your help to remain FREE and sustainable! There is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day that can be made online HERE, or by finding a volunteer in a bright orange shirt carrying a bright orange bucket at the festival and making a “Drop in the Bucket!” Or, you can text FOLK to 44321 to give from your mobile phone. Thanks for your help in keeping the festival FREE!

Purchasing beer and festival merchandise
There are NO CASH SALES on site for beverages or festival merchandise. Debit and Credit cards are accepted.

Beverages are also available for online ordering – either before you leave home or once you’re on the festival grounds. Pre-ordering through the Noble App allows for drinks to be ready when you get there! Please be sure to download the Noble App and create an account/password in preparation for beverage purchasing – and be sure to remember your password! But you can also simply purchase in person with a debit or credit card.

Please do NOT bring 
Dogs (except for service animals), coolers/large backpacks, alcohol, bottles or glass of any kind, drugs, weapons, laser pointers, bikes on site (they may be parked outside the festival grounds), skateboards, inline skates, or flying objects (drones, kites, frisbees, footballs).

CarMax Family Area reminder
Due to the highly interactive nature of the activities planned for the CarMax Family Area, we will not host a family area this year. Because of the lack of an approved Covid 19 vaccine for children under 12, we believe canceling the Family Area activities is best for the safety of our littlest patrons. The Children’s Museum will be back to host the much-loved CarMax Family Area in 2022!

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