Broad Appetit and Off-Broad Appetit returns

The ultimate block party for food connoisseurs is back! Here’s what you should know.

What is Broad Appetit?

This Sunday, over 70 chefs from some of Richmond’s best restaurants and institutes (see sidebar) assemble on a four-block stretch of W. Broad Street between Henry and Adams to sell $3 mini dishes at the annual Broad Appetit. This event is the best way to sample local food without breaking the bank, all while supporting FeedMore.

How do I get there?

The event site lies west of the Downtown Business District, and east of Belvidere Street and VCU campus. Broad Street is easily accessible from I – 95 using the Belvidere Street Exit 73. At the exit, take Belvidere Street a few blocks to Marshall Street or Franklin Street, since you can’t turn on Broad Street, and head east toward downtown.

Where should I park?

Off-street public parking is available at several locations on a first-come, first-serve basis, including VCU’s Henry Street parking deck, which has the option to prepay by going here.

Are there awards given out?

Yep. Judges will award the best dishes at this year’s event:

  • To Dine For Award • Best signature dish
  • To Diet For Award • Best dessert dish
  • The Healthy Dish Award • Sponsored by Bon Secours
  • The Ambiance Award • Best decorated booth
  • The People’s Choice Award • Best dish according to this year’s attendees.

Are there beer vendors?

Heck, yeah! Only Virginia beers will be available, so it’s a great event in which to sample the best brewskies the Commonwealth has to offer.

A $5 sampling cup includes four sampling tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 each.

Here are the breweries that’ll be on hand:

What about food trucks and vendors?

They’ll be there too! Save room for popsicles from King of Pops, smoothies from Smoothie King, and cupcakes from Poor Georgie’s Bake Shoppe & Cupcakery.

Relay Foods and Bon Secours Health System will also be on hand.

What’s this thing called “Off-Broad Appetit”?

Five superb chefs (and one winemaker) will gather at Pasture to prepare and serve dishes featuring Virginia-sourced food. Virginia wines and beer will also be available. Net proceeds will benefit FeedMore.

Here are the chefs that’ll be attending:

There are only 125 tickets available and cost $100. You can purchase tickets online.

photo courtesy of Broad Appetit

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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