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Weekend Round-Up

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

This weekend is chock full o’ fun. In addition to the South African Food & Wine Festival, here are more events in Richmond:

Burning Up the Bottom Fireman’s Parade and Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fire companies from across the state will be cooking up some chili and showing off their heritage and equipment at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. There’ll also be live music and libations.

Bouncing Betties Burlesque Presents Pretty in Pink… a Breast Cancer Benefit, Saturday, 8-11 p.m.
Add some alternative entertainment to your weekend with a burlesque show at the Richmond Triangle Players. Tickets cost $10-$13, get ‘em here.

Food Truck Festival, Saturday, 12-6 p.m.
This celebration of Richmond’s food carts and trucks takes place at Whole Foods in Short Pump. There’ll be plenty of food from Richmond’s most popular mobile vendors, along with live music and kids’ activities.

RVA Music Fest, Saturday night, various locations and times; Sunday 2-10 p.m.
This music festival features performances from mostly Richmond artists at various downtown music venues on Saturday night, along with two stages and a DJ tent with music playing on Sunday afternoon. Check out the full schedule here, and get tickets ($22 in advance, $30 at the gate) for Sunday’s fun day here.

South African Food and Wine Festival

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Yes, Richmond has a slew of ethnic food festivals, but would you have expected a taste of South Africa? Just about an hour outside of Richmond, Grayhaven Winery hosts the South African Food and Wine Festival once a year, and it happens to be this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The owners of this boutique winery hail from South Africa, and in order to celebrate their heritage they are offering tastings of their own wines, plus they’re hosting two winemakers straight from South Africa who will pour their wines and talk about winemaking.

There’s also a full menu of South African food for purchase (think grilled peri peri chicken and chilled lychee for dessert) and a full lineup of music from the region. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include your wine tasting as well as the entertainment. More wine is available for purchase by the bottle or glass. Don’t miss Grayhaven’s famous sangria that’s perfect on a hot summer day.

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