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Going Back for Seconds: Folk Feast Adds More Chefs to the Kitchen 2014

July 22, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. - Folk Feast was so good the first time, organizers are cooking up an even more spectacular event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival.

On October 7, Richmond's biggest culinary stars will gather along Historic Upper Tredegar for one delicious night of fundraising for the region's best-loved music event. The Richmond Folk Festival, which draws thousands to the downtown Riverfront each year, relies heavily on community support to keep the festival free to the public.

"We continue to be amazed by the talent in this city," Venture Richmond deputy director Lisa Sims said. "These are the chefs making Richmond famous for its culinary scene."

The line-up includes 17 chefs, nearly doubling the number of contributors from last year. Featured restaurants include Belmont Butchery, Carena's Jamaican Grille, Comfort, Estilo/Toast, Heritage, Julep's, Lemaire, The Magpie, Mama J's, Metzger's Bar & Butchery, Pasture, Rappahannock, The Rogue Gentlemen, The Roosevelt, and Secco Wine Bar.
"Sometimes having more chefs in the kitchen is a good thing," said Sims. " "The Folk Feast is becoming as culturally rich and diverse as the festival itself."

Guests will also be able to preview Wild Wolf Brewing's Official Folk Festival beer. Tap 26 will keep the wine flowing.

Tickets are usually $100 each, but can be purchased now at the early-bird rate of $75 until August 15.

Included with the ticket purchase is complimentary parking for the entire festival weekend, and a unique pin that will exempt you from the bucket brigade's donation requests.

To buy tickets, or to learn more about the chef line-up and other event details, visit <>


About The Richmond Folk Festival
The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival held in Richmond from 2005-2007.  In the tradition of the National, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 20 performers and performing groups, on seven stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife Area, featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more.   More information is available at

About Venture Richmond
The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Venture Richmond also produces such long-standing and signature community events as Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers, RVA Fireworks on the James, and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts
The NCTA was founded in 1933, and is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  The NCTA presents traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs.  For more about NCTA, visit

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