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Richmond Greek Festival

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Moussaka, souvlaki, triopita… oh my! You can stuff yourself silly with these Greek goodies and other traditional cuisine at the 35th Annual Greek Festival, taking place this Thursday through Sunday at Saints Constantine and Helen’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Plan to savor some of the area’s best Mediterranean food, along with live music and dancing, Greek wine, Greek goods for sale and tours of the cathedral. Or, if you’re in a hurry, hit the drive-through where you can grab some of the most popular menu items to take home and enjoy.

A few words of advice for first-time festival goers: this event gets busy! Best times to avoid waiting are early, and in the afternoon when it’s in between lunch or dinner time. Or, just go when you want, plan to buy a bottle of wine and relax while waiting in line for your favorite foods. All of Richmond comes out to enjoy the delicious cuisine served here.

Richmond Vegetarian Festival

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

If you think vegetarian food means bland peas and carrots, head to the Vegetarian Festival on June 18 from 12 to 6 p.m., where a host of local restaurants will prove you wrong.

More than 20 local restaurants and food companies will be at the Azalea Gardens in Bryan Park in Richmond’s North Side, along with live music throughout the day. There’ll be African, Italian, Thai, Indian, American, Ethiopian, and other varieties of cuisine made sans meat to sample.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a can of vegetables to donate to LAMB’s Basket food pantry, or to bring a donation for festival charity Operation Catnip, a nonprofit that helps feral cats.

Plan to stop by for the afternoon, relax and taste some meat-free goodies.

Friday Cheers

Monday, May 16th, 2011

What better way is there to kick off the weekend than with live music, cold beer and a river view? None that we can think of! From now through June 24 you can start ease into the weekend with Richmond’s Friday Cheers concert series.

Head to Brown’s Island every Friday around 6:30 p.m. Your ticket costs $5 or $10 depending on the show. Go here to a list of upcoming artists.

This week, you can check out New Orleans’ self-proclaimed “SupaFunkRock” band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Glows in the Dark. Trombone Shorty and his crew are known for high-energy performances, so this should be a fun show. Tickets cost $5.

While you’re in the area, we’d be happy to suggest some of our favorite nearby spots for dinner. Let us know your plans, and we’ll help you make a night of it!

Mark Your Calendar: Broad Appetit

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Where can you stuff yourself silly with top dishes from more than 60 area restaurants for just $3 a plate? Broad Appetit, of course! Start dieting now to offset the calories you will consume at this fantastic Richmond event.

This food festival that benefits the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels takes place June 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Richmond along Broad Street. The area’s finest restaurants set up shop, and each serves several delicious dishes for $3 a pop. Way cool, right?!

Farmers, food producers and local vendors will also be there, along with 10 bands, live-cooking demos and a kids’ area. Richmond magazine also presents awards for main dish, dessert, ambiance, healthy plates and people’s choice.

In all, it’s a definite day of epicurean awesomeness in Richmond. Admission is free.

Get in touch with Nature at Dominion Riverrock

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

For some people, outdoor activity means kayaking down white-water rapids or camping out under the stars. And, for other people, it means drinking wine on a patio or listening to a concert outside (preferably in a chair, away from the dirty ground with plenty of bug-spray applied, of course). Whatever
your definition is, you’ll find something fun to do at Dominion Riverrock this weekend where options range from listening to live rock and roll to a 5k mud-run where participants end up covered from head to toe.

The action starts Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at Richmond’s scenic Brown’s Island. Go here for a full schedule of events. Along with the messy mud run and music, you’ll find acrobatic kayak and bike competitions, a trail run, mountain biking, vendors, food, and more. One of the more popular events is the Eukanuba Ultimate Air Dogs competition, where canines compete for distance, catching and fetching from a dock into a pool.

To get to the point, whatever your outdoor fun preference is, you’ll find something you like here. Plan to check it out for some fun in one of Richmond’s most beautiful spots.

A Day at the Races

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Kentucky Derby may be going on this weekend, but Richmond has its own opportunity for big hats, seersucker and fancy dresses. The 79th running of the Strawberry Hill Races takes place on May 21, and it’s only a short drive from Richmond in New Kent County.

Buy a shuttle or carload pass (go here for ticket information), pack a cooler, and head get ready to wander the track with a libation in hand while you watch steeplechase horse racing. Feeling festive? This year’s theme is Super ‘70s Secretariat, so feel free to add some retro flair to your Sunday best. You’ll sure to see a range of funky and fancy ensembles as you stroll along the outside of the track where Richmonders set up themed tents and camp out for the day with drinks and snacks.

Make sure to pick your favorite horse: for the second year, you are welcome to place wagers and make the races a little more interesting. This is certainly a fun chance to soak up some of Richmond’s distinctive culture, so start working on your costume and get ready for fun.

Shop Late at Carytown First

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Strolling Richmond’s wide array of local boutiques is a great way to while away some time while visiting the River City, but it can be kind of a drag when many start closing up shop around 5 or 6. Well, your respite from limited hours returns this Thursday when Carytown First takes place. Most of the shops along the Carytown “mile of style” will keep their doors open until 8 p.m., and many also host special sales for shoppers. It’s an ideal time to explore this gorgeous part of our fair city.

Head to town early in the evening and plan to spend some time strolling. Stop in Le Visage makeup boutique for a free mini-makeover from a professional makeup artist, or swing by Eurotrash to browse styles straight from overseas while snacking on hors d’oeuvres and sipping some bubbly. Keep your eye out for other fun stuff all along the street.

If all that shopping leaves you ready for a bite (or at least a libation), make sure to stop in one of the many restaurants along Cary Street. Mention Carytown First at continental bistro Bonvenu, and you’ll get 10 percent off your meal. For something lighter, check out our favorite wine bar, Secco, for fantastic cheese plates and a wide selection of wines by the glass.

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