The annual Lebanese Food Festival returns to St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church near Innsbrook this weekend for its 34th year. The festival, a celebration of Lebanese food, dance and culture, kicks off Friday, May 18th.
The event is one of the area’s largest annual food festivals. Crowd favorites include meat, spinach, and cheese pies prepared in a hand-folded dough, stuffed grape leaves, stuffed squash, shawirma, roasted lamb, chicken, shrimp and beef shish-kabobs.
Vegetarians will have plenty of great options to sink their teeth into as well, including falafel, hummus, tabouli, laban, babbaghanooge, and loubiyeh (green beans) served over rice pilaf.
Authentic wine and beer pairings, available for purchase on-site, complete the meal. A festival favorite is Almaza genuine Lebanese beer, imported from Beirut, according to organizers.
Dessert options include the ever-popular zalabia, (hot Lebanese sweet dough covered with syrup), kataif, (wafer-thin pancakes folded around a filling of cheese, cream, and nuts).
Festival-goers will enjoy traditional live Lebanese music and dancers in colorful costumes as they perform folk dancing carried down from generations. The dancers range in age from preschoolers to adults.
If you’re in a hurry, the Lebanese Food Festival offers call ahead pickup. You can fax your order to 804.273.9914 or call 804.270.7234. Parking is free and ATMs are available on site. More information is available on St. Anthony Maronite Church’s website.
The church is located at 4611 Sadler Road, near the Innsbrook Corporate Center.
Virginia Capital Trail Foundation unveils Capital Trail Summer Challenge
You can conquer the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail three different ways this summer.
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is encouraging people to get active this summer with the Capital Trail Summer Challenge. From now until September 6th, participants can run, bike, walk, skate, or dance their way along the Virginia Capital Trail, which stretches 51.7 miles from Williamsburg to Richmond.
The Summer Challenge consists of 3 different activity goals. Participants can crush all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail, conquer 103.4 miles for an out and back, or complete the 310.2-mile Birthday Challenge in honor of the Trail’s 6th birthday. Each distance can be tackled all at once or completed in sections. The Summer Challenge is about conquering all 51.7 miles of the Capital Trail by passing every mile marker between Jamestown and Richmond. The remaining mileage can be logged anywhere, on the Capital Trail or somewhere new.
“We are hoping this event will inspire people to stay active this summer,” shares Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to showcase all the different ways people can have fun out on the Trail. This challenge is unique because people choose their own activity and distance goal. There is something for everyone!”
After completing the challenge, participants will receive an official Summer Challenge t-shirt and sunglasses. Registration is $25 before the price bump on July 21st. There is also a fundraising option. Anyone who raises $100 will receive free registration. Proceeds from the challenge help support the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.
Participants can submit their results any time before September 8th and are encouraged to share their experience on social media with #CapTrailChallenge. Additional information can be found at runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/VirginiaCapitalTrailSummerChallenge
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail, and to serve as a resource, community builder, and connector to other trails throughout the Commonwealth.
Head to Brown’s Island to Catch a Movie
A series of four movies are coming to Brown’s Island.
Movies on the Island, presented by Dominion Energy, is a new, outdoor family activity, brought to you in 2021 by Venture Richmond Events. Find your perfect spot on Brown’s Island and enjoy an evening featuring a family-favorite film while taking in the stunning views of the James River and Downtown’s skyline.
- Saturday, July 10 – Grease – 8:30pm showing, 7:30pm gates open
- Saturday, August 14 – Black Panther – 8:30pm showing, 7:30pm gates open
- Friday, October 29 – Beetlejuice (showtime TBA)
- Saturday, December 11 – Elf (showtime TBA)
Tickets are only $5 per person (ages 5 and under no ticket needed) and must be purchased in advance online at VentureRichmond.com. Tickets will not be available for purchase the day of the event at the gate. Attendees must present tickets at the gate, either as a pre-printed paper ticket or on a mobile device. Purchase tickets here.
Food vendors on the island will include, Strawberry Street Events, Westray Ice-Cream and Ryan’s Kettle Corn.
Seating location is first come, first served. Bringing blankets and/or chairs for comfort is recommended. No pets are allowed on premises during the movies. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking is available along 2nd and 5th Streets. In case of inclement weather, please check our website for updates at VentureRichmond.com. All ticket holders must agree to comply with safety precautions put in place during the event. All public health protocols will be strictly enforced, and contactless practices have been implemented for the safety of our guests and staff.
Movies on the Island is presented by Dominion Energy, and sponsored by CoStar Group.
Hermitage Richmond hosting “Concert Under The Stars” series beginning this Friday
All three of these live music events will take place on the lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue and are free and open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of music and camaraderie.
Hermitage Richmond in Ginter Park has announced a new outdoor concert series which will be hosted on the front lawn of the senior living community.
- June 11th at 7 p.m. – Joe Laluna will perform a mixture of jazz, American Standards, and popular contemporary music
- July 9th at 7 p.m. – Me and Martha will perform American Rural Roots Mountain Music
- August 6th at 7 p.m. – Second Floor Band will bring a mixture of danceable classic rock, swing, big band, Motown, R&B, and jazz
All three of these live music events will take place on the lawn at 1600 Westwood Avenue and are free and open to all residents, families, team members, and community friends who share a love of music and camaraderie. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. Social distancing and face masks are recommended.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy great live music and share a family-friendly evening under the stars with our residents and neighbors,” said executive director Amy Chapman. “We want everyone to have a great time and know that good times are always celebrated at Hermitage Richmond.”
Concert Under the Stars is the latest addition to Hermitage’s Richmond on the Green series that hosts an array of campus events and fulfills its mission of “Enriching Life’s Journey.”