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Cider Week Virginia kicks off November 9th with Richmond Cider Celebration, other cider-filled events

“Nationally, sales of cider have grown ten-fold over the past decade,” Anne Shelton, president of the Virginia Association of Cider Makers, said. “Virginia mirrors this growth and is now home to 26 cideries and counting.”

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Cider Week Virginia returns November 15-24 for a week-long celebration of all things cider across the Commonwealth. Sixteen cideries are participating this year, with both new and returning makers in the lineup.

“Nationally, sales of cider have grown ten-fold over the past decade,” Anne Shelton, president of the Virginia Association of Cider Makers, said. “Virginia mirrors this growth and is now home to 26 cideries and counting.”

Cider lovers can expect to enjoy events at participating cideries ranging from educational workshops to tastings with the cider makers.

Potter’s Craft Cider will also be marking the occasion with the opening of its new tasting room while Richmond’s Truckle Cheesemongers opens a shop inside Blue Bee Cider.

As one of the most quickly growing categories in alcoholic beverages, the cider industry has made a triumphant return, not just in Virginia but across the country.

With a history dating back to colonial times, Thomas Jefferson was a known lover and producer of cider. Cider Week Virginia has revived the cider tradition by encouraging growth and production of fine ciders.

Several events will take place as part of the celebration in Scott’s Addition.

Head out to kick off Cider Week VA with the 7th Annual Richmond Cider Celebration on Saturday, November 9 from 11am – 4pm.

This festival will feature 15 Virginia cideries, as well as local food and artisan vendors. Enjoy three different flights of five ciders, all separated by region. Share with your friends and vote on your favorite flight! Each flight is $15 with a portion of proceeds benefiting Enrichmond Foundation and Virginia Association of Cider Makers.

Richmond Cider Celebration will be held at Blue Bee Cider, located at 1320 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, but feel free to bring lawn chairs. We’ll have live music and tents to kick back under! This is a rain or shine event. No fee for entry.

Your four-legged friends are welcome – they must be socialized and leashed (no retractable leashes, please).

There will also be a Cheese and Cider Pairing Class Tuesday, November 19, 6 – 9 p.m. at Blue Bee Cider

From stinky to mild, Truckle Cheesemongers and Essex St. partner on this special event bringing together two favorites. Class includes a cider and cheese flight.

Check out a complete list of events and in-cider information on the website, www.ciderweekva.com.

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Richmond selected to host 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

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Zephyr United recently announced that the Richmond region has been selected to host the 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC). The conference will take place February 23-25, 2021 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip Historic District.

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) provides information and education regarding the growing functions and importance of beer marketing, tourism, event planning, and branding. The BMTC is regularly attended by breweries, brewery guilds, destination management organizations, tour operators, marketing agencies and media from around the country. The schedule of events for 2021 will include summits, presentations, and lectures from leading beer industry figures, including a keynote talk from Stone Brewing Co-Founder Greg Koch.

Craft beer tourism is a growing trend in Virginia, with the state calling more than 200 breweries home. Virginia is also one of six states where craft beer has grown the most, up 36% according to C+R Research. The Richmond region is home to nearly forty breweries and in 2018 was named “The World’s Top Beer Destination” by VinePair. Richmond Region Tourism encourages visitors to use the Richmond Beer Trail as their guide when exploring the craft beer scene in the area. After getting their map stamped at five breweries, Richmond Beer Trail followers are given limited-edition Richmond Beer Trail gear.

“We are thrilled to host the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference 2021,” said Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We look forward to saying ‘Cheers’ to BMTC guests in March of 2021 when we’ll feature our fantastic craft beer scene and show them why Richmond was included in the New York Times52 Places to Go in 2020.’”

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La Milpa Food Truck Stolen

If you see the food truck pictured please contact the police

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Over the weekend one of the best Mexican restaurants in Richmond, La Milpa, had their food truck stolen. If you’ve seen the food truck notify the police as quickly as possible. The world needs every taco truck don’t let the bad guy deny us tacos.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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