Richmond Folk Feast back for seconds with more chefs in the kitchen

17 chefs from 16 local restaurants are turning up the flavor again this October in support of the Richmond Folk Festival, and tickets are now on sale.

Update #1 — September 18, 2014; 1:38 PM The second annual Richmond Folk Feast, a unique culinary event celebrating Richmond’s most talented chefs and featuring some of the best local restaurants the city has to offer, is officially sold out, organizers announced today. The full event menu, to be prepared by an all-star roster of local culinary stars, was announced today as well, and it looks fantastic. The full lineup is as follows:

Carena’s Jamaican Grille

Coconut Curry butternut squash soup with crispy Virginia Ham. Jerk prime rib over sweet yams.


Rye buttermilk pies with hickory syrup and warm pickled Albemarle peaches.


Colombian style stew of beef, pork ribs, and cured chorizo. plantain and cassava in saffron – tomato broth served over saffron rice with cabbage and avocado


Preserved lemon orecchiette, trumpet royal mushroom, local squash, kale, ricotta salatta

Julep’s New Southern Cuisine

Venison tartare


Powhatan cinderella pumpkin bisque , smoked Surry county sausage, curried VA apples, red chilies (can be vegetarian)

The Magpie

Crispy beef tounge, braised pecans, asian pear, pumpkin mostarda

Mama J’s Kitchen

Catfish nuggets, candied yams, mac n cheese, greens.

Metzger Bar and Butchery

Sausage and rye berry risotto, delicata squash, roasted grapes, sherry ( can be vegetarian)


House cured ham steak sliders, bourbon mustard, and spicy mustard pickles

Rappahannock Restaurant

Grilled Carolina shrimp, yellow eyed stuben bean, local apple bacon aioli

The Rogue Gentlemen featuring Belmont Butchery

Goatchetta with roasted carrots, vadouvan curry apple sauce, and whipped goat ricotta


Potato fried chicken, pickled egg and sauce gribiche

Secco Wine Bar

Spiced lamb with cous cous tomato and lemon

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Original — July 22, 2014

The Richmond Folk Feast, a unique culinary event developed in support of the Richmond Folk Festival, is back for a second year with a bigger lineup and more local chefs and restaurants. On October 7th, some of Richmond’s biggest culinary stars will gather along Historic Upper Tredegar for a night of food and fun, all in the name of raising funds for the Folk Festival. The annual festival, which draws thousands to the downtown riverfront each year, relies heavily on community support to keep it free and open to the public. The 2014 lineup includes 17 chefs from 16 local restaurants, including 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 Lisa Sims, Deputy Director of Venture Richmond, the festival’s organizing entity. “The Folk Feast is becoming as culturally rich and diverse as the festival itself.” “We continue to be amazed by the talent in this city,” Sims continued. “These are the chefs making Richmond famous for its culinary scene.” Nellysford, Virginia-based Wild Wolf Brewing Company, which teamed up with the Folk Festival last year for a special brew known as ‘Folktoberfest,’ will once again partner with organizers for a one-of-a-kind beer. Folk Feast attendees will have the chance to sample Wild Wolf’s creation, along with a selection of wines on tap from Tap 26. Tickets are usually $100 each, but can be purchased now at the early-bird rate of $75 on the Folk Feast website. Tickets include complimentary parking for the entire festival weekend, and a unique pin that will exempt attendees from the bucket brigade’s donation requests. restaurant_logos

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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