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Begin Your Fasting in Preparation for Broad Appétit

Head to Broad Street between Adams and Henry this Sunday and get your grub on. The food and beer will be flowing from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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This Sunday, June 2nd four blocks of Broad Street will be closed down and turned into a dining paradise known as Broad Appétit. Over 60 of Richmond’s very best Chefs are putting together small plates that will only set you back a measly $4. This is a great opportunity for you to try that restaurant that nobody in your family has any interest in or get more of your go-to favorite. In addition to impressing the masses each chef will submit their dish to be judged by a panel of experts who will determine who has the “To Die For” Dish of Richmond sponsored by Richmond magazine.

Virginia beers will be exclusively poured at the festival this year and you can sample each one with a special sampling cup! A sampling cup is available for $6 and includes 2 sampling tickets – additional sample tickets are available for $1 each. Of course, full cups of delicious, high-quality beers will be available, as well as delicious wines from Tap26.

There will be music going down on two stages and the RVA Hub award for best bands name at this festival go to Hit by Train and Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess. Check out the full schedule of bands here.

Broad Appétit is hosted by Kroger and benefits FeedMore.

This is a guide I wrote way back in 2017 when I was young and idealistic. It still applies.

Here are our ten tips to make the most of Broad Appétit:

  1. Don’t eat breakfast. This is an obvious one but bears repeating. Your belly needs to be close to empty since you’re going shove it full of as much food as possible.
  2. Beer takes a backseat. Beer is only to wash the food down. Focus on food. Don’t fill your belly with beer–it’ll get in the way. Roll to your favorite watering hole after Broad Appétit for libations and digestions.
  3. Go early and be chill. It’s going to get crowded. Be prepared to deal with strollers, upset kids, and those damn people who just stop in the middle of the pathway.
  4. Travel in a pack. Five to six food warriors is perfect. It helps if you have similar food tastes. Five carnivores and one vegan do not a good pack make.
  5. Do your recon. Upon arrival take a brisk walk around to check out all the booths and prioritize your targets. Hopefully, the map and menu located here will be updated soon so you can start planning prior to Sunday.
  6. Send out the pack. Disperse the food warriors to previously prioritized targets and regroup at a designated spot, a.k.a. home base. If you’ve found a really prime spot it might be necessary to leave one person to protect the home base. Make sure you bring extra for the protector.
  7. Share your bounty. Once back at home base, everyone gets a bite of everyone else’s food. If you’re a germophobe, this whole affair is going to be a rough one.
  8. Rinse & Repeat. This is when you sip beers or wine and opine poetically on the food you just shoved in your collective faces before heading out to the next set of prioritized targets and returning to home base.
  9. Ask. You’re going to run into friends, co-workers, ex-lovers, and strangers. Ask them what the best thing they’ve had so far is. Adjust your priority list accordingly.
  10. Save room for dessert. Duh.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.