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Armenian Food Festival celebrates 61 years of traditional food, culture this weekend

The festival is the longest-running event of its kind in town. You’ll find a few culinary similarities to the larger Greek and Lebanese food festivals, but with a slightly smaller crowd and fewer lines, which is never a bad thing.

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If you’re in the mood for good Mediterranean fare, St. James Armenian Church is definitely the place to be this weekend.

The church is hosting the 61st annual Armenian Food Festival this Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 8th. The festival features a wide selection of traditional Armenian food, wine, and beer, plus live music on the festival stage throughout the weekend.

The festival is the longest-running event of its kind in town. You’ll find a few culinary similarities to the larger Greek and Lebanese food festivals, but with a slightly smaller crowd and fewer lines, which is never a bad thing.

All of the food available is prepared by church members and includes shish kabobs, cheese beoreg, Armenian meat pies, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, the festival’s famous and original hye burger, sweet and savory pastries and more. Traditional music and dancing will also take place on the festival stage. Armenian beer and wine is available.

The church is located at 834 Pepper Avenue, off of Patterson Avenue. Admission is free and parking is available near the site. Credit cards are accepted at all booths.  Admission is free; pay as you go at each a la carte booth.

A small taste of the festival menu is below.

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Business

Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Goatcado Moving into Forest Hill Avenue Spot

There is no timeline for when the Goatcado will be up and running.

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In the spot that held a fish market, Dixie Chicken then Happy Empanada there will be a new eatery. Goatcado will be setting up. The three store strip is currently home to Current Culture Fly a shop focused on fly-fishing.

From Richmond BizSense

The fast-casual eatery is planning to open an outpost in the strip center at 1205 Westover Hills Blvd., while keeping its existing West Main Street location in the Fan.

Its 3,800-square-foot Southside storefront will be next to Current Culture Fly, a fly fishing shop that opened earlier this year.

Goatocado owner Ian Newell said he’s taking over the remaining two suites in the center: one going to Goatocado and the other for a to-be-determined concept.

“Goatocado is still doing well. I think it’s a solid model, it’s a good offering for both locations – fast-casual, kind of health food,” Newell said, adding that the menu at the Southside location will be similar to that of the Fan location.

Goatcado has one other brick and mortar spot on West Main Street in the Fan. Goatcado started as a food cart (still in operation) and serves up veggie focused bowls and wraps. Most of which is grown on their own farm. You can check out the menu here.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Mural Fest, Oktoberfest, Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween, Spooktoberfest Makers Market

It’s starting to get spooky out there and our beer choices reflect that ominous mood.

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GO DO THIS

Three Notch’d Mural Fest
September 30th

This event was supposed to happen this summer but now it’s a fall event. Yay fall, yay murals, yay beer.

‘Leave Your Mark’ Mural Fest WEATHER UPDATE:
Due to the impending storm, we have unfortunately been forced to condense this weekend’s planned event into a one-day celebration of the Richmond Art Community.
We invite you to join us for our now UPGRADED #artoberVA kickoff event on Friday, which will include a Meet & Greet with our muralists, the release AND toast of ‘Stipple’ Mixed Fruit Sour,’ our collaborative beer w/ Art on Wheels & CultureWorks Richmond , and live music from Richmond local artist Musiqreiv!
Please see our Facebook event (Leave Your Mark Mural Fest) for more specific times as we determine them — let’s make the most of this situation and come together for an unforgettable night!

Hardywood Oktoberfest 2022 West Creek
October 1st

Oktoberfest goes on forever. Another one going down at West Creek.

Dust off your lederhosen and grab a feather for your hat, Oktoberfest is here!
Expect a fun day with some of your favorite Hardywood Oktoberfest traditions including:
🇩🇪 Cask tapping to kick off the day
🇩🇪 Plenty of beer including Benny & The Fest & more!
🇩🇪 Brats from Tyler’s Big Fat Meat Truck (Autumn Olive Farms) + other festive German fare from local food trucks 1115 Mobile Kitchen + Curry in a Hurry + Jiji Frozen Custard
🇩🇪 Stein holding contest with Goochland Cares
🇩🇪 Polka tunes from the Sauerkrauts, plus music from Herb & Hanson + Seth Winters + Justin Trawick & The Common Good
Limited amounts of exclusive 2022 steins will be available for purchase.
This is a fun and free all day event. Spread out on the lawn in West Creek and enjoy Oktoberfest with us!

Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween at Strangeways
September 30th

It’s either Oktoberfest themed or Halloween themed. There are no other options.

Join us for another Mystic Markets at Strangeways! 🍻
90’s theme costume contest!👻
Live music by Waking Napster!🔊
Local Vendors, Food, & Brew!!
So mark your calendars, wear your best 90’s themed costumes, and we will see you there!

Spooktoberfest Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
September 30th

Halloween or Oktoberfest like I said.

Unique finds, jewelry, and functional art.
Stickers, pins, magnets, and cutesy things.
Dog treats, and toys and collars and DOG COSTUME CONTEST.
Candles, crystals, and tarot readings.
‘gram worthy specials from Basic City Beer, Billy Pie, and Auntie Ning’s including queer beer in your choice of spooky colors.
Aergase Art
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Beer Money
bud and thorn
dagnabit
Daniela Noel Collections LLC
Dayum Jam RVA
Griot Goods
I Wear Blue Tights
Katastrophic Creations
KitColorShow
L’Essentials LLC
Merrin Winkel Art
Midnight Thicket
O Wisteria
Pretties + Papers
Pretty On the Inside Candles
Project CommuniTEA
RamsGirl Design
Ryan Myers Prints
Sarah Rebecca Crafts
Sassy Hound
Silver Bramble Jewelry
Sollie Stitches
SummerBeeClay
TGI Studio LLC
The Asylum
The Curio Fairy
The Queen of Arts~Curiosities by Adrienne
TheCBKShop
ThePrplePumpkin
Throws like a Girl
Twisted Spinnerz
Witching Flower

BEER NEWS

Not local news but important Wold Cup news for all my footie fans out there.

DC Council approves measure allowing bars to stay open 24 hours during World Cup – WTOP

D.C. Council passed an emergency measure to allow bars, restaurants and breweries in the District to stay open 24 hours a day during the World Cup, which will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 in Qatar.

Places that sell alcohol normally would close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and at 3 a.m. on weekends.

Now they will be able to sell booze until 4 a.m. and remain open 24 hours, but they would have to pause their alcohol service between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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