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Initial Line-Up for Folk Feast 2016 Announced


For Immediate Release
Press contact: Kelly Vance   


July 12, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. - It’s the middle of summer, but Richmond’s culinary community is already planning to gather once again this fall to support the Richmond Folk Festival.

The fourth annual Folk Feast is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., and will feature a line-up of RVA’s nationally-acclaimed chefs, as well as a few rising stars. More than 16 chefs from the region have committed to the event and organizers anticipate more will be announced later this summer.

“The Folk Feast continues to delight crowds with samplings of the best Richmond’s dining scene has to offer,” said Richmond Folk Festival director Lisa Sims. “We are extremely grateful to our restaurant partners who donate so much of their time, effort and talent to put on such an extraordinary event that, in turn, benefits the Festival -- and helps us to keep it free. We look forward to it every year.”

Tickets are $100 each, but a very limited number of early-bird tickets can be purchased here at a special rate of $75 starting July 12. When the early-bird tickets are gone, the price will go back up to $100. Included with the ticket purchase is complimentary on-site parking for the entire festival weekend, and a unique pin that will signal to others that the bearer has made a substantial contribution to the festival.

The initial line-up features 16 chefs representing 18 of Richmond’s most dynamic restaurants:

  • Acacia, Dale Reitzer
  • Brenner Pass (opening 2017), Brittany Anderson
  • Citizen, Greg Johnson
  • Comfort, Jason Alley
  • Croaker Spot, Chef TBD
  • The Daily Kitchen and Bar, Dallas Miller
  • East Coast Provisions, Trevor Knotts
  • Heritage, Joe Sparatta
  • Lucy’s, Jason Lucy
  • Mama J’s, Velma Johnson
  • Metzger Bar and Butchery, Brittanny Anderson
  • My Noodle & Bar, Joe Katsuranon
  • Nota Bene, Randall Doetzer
  • Pasture, Jason Alley
  • Rappahannock, DeAndre Wilson
  • Saison, Adam Hall
  • Southbound, Craig Perkinson
  • Vagabond, Owen Lane

Folk Feast is always held at Historic Upper Tredegar the Tuesday prior to the Richmond Folk Festival. The event has sold out every year since its inception and raises thousands to offset the costs of the Richmond Folk Festival, which requires an average of $1.4 million to produce annually. The Festival is in its 11th year.

In addition to the participating restaurants, the Richmond Folk Feast is also made possible by sponsors: Williams Mullen, Wild Wolf Brewing, Tap 26, Coordinated Events, and Paisley and Jade.

Virginia bluegrass band, Gallatin Canyon, will perform throughout the evening.

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 NCTA’s National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005-2007. In the tradition of the "National," the Richmond Folk Festival features excellent performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages. The festival includes continuous music and dance performances, 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. Additional 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, The American Civil War Center, 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 National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA presents the nation's very finest traditional artists in festivals, tours, international cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs, and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural, and economic benefits. For more about the NCTA, visit


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