Expanded RVA French Food Festival returns this weekend

The food festival, held at Little Sisters of the Poor in the West End, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 29th through the 30th.

The RVA French Food Festival is back for its eighth year at the Little Sisters of the Poor this weekend, serving up delicious French food, authentic culture, and plenty of live entertainment. This year, the traditionally one-day festival has been expanded into two days–both Saturday and Sunday.

A wide variety of sweet and savory French dishes will be prepared by well known local chefs including Sean Murphy, and Chef Michael of Lulu’s, along with other notable names from the local French culinary scene, the menus of which are listed below.

Live music will take place throughout the day and kids will be kept occupied by plenty of family-friendly activities. A marketplace featuring local artisans and craftsmen will be on site as well.

The festival is free and open to the public with a suggested $2 donation to the Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization that serves the elderly in 30 nations around the globe. This year, the festival was supported in large part by a donation of fresh and frozen foods worth approximately $5,000 from Southern Season, which closed its Richmond store on Staples Mill Road earlier this week.

The festival takes place at 1503 Michaels Road (off Three Chopt near Freeman High School) on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th.

Free parking is available in the Forest Office Park lots along Three Chopt Road, between Michaels Road and Forest Avenue.

All proceeds will benefit the elderly poor of Little Sisters of the Poor. For more information, visit the RVA French Food Festival website or call 804.288.6245.

A sampling of chef menus is below; for a complete menu visit the event website.

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Chef Sean

Gumbo Ya Ya $8.00 – Cajun style gumbo made with a dark roux, Andouille sausage,  hot smoked sausage, and braised chicken. Served with rice.
Shrimp and grits $10.00 – shrimp simmered in Louisiana gravy over grits
Beignets $5.00 – French donut

Chef Michael – Lulu’s

Cheese puffs $5.00 – light cheese pastry
Ratatouille $8.00 – sautéed eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, onion, and garlic in a tomato sauce
Coq Au Vin – braised chicken cooked in red wine, served over rice $10.00

Chef Xavier – Brux’l

Les Moules a la Provencal $10.00 – Mussels Provencale with tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and cream


Ham and cheese croissant $7.00
Cheese croissant $6.00
Cheese Quiche $7.00
Bacon and Ham Quiche $8.00

Bread Tent

CroissantsPlain: regular $2.00 small $1.00
Stuffed: spinach and feta $4.00
Filled: raspberry or chocolate – regular $5.00 small $3.00
Baguettes $3.00
Brie (slice) $3.00
Combo (baguette and brie slice) $5.00


Crepes $6.00 each
Crepe au fromage Blanc au Fraises: sweet cream cheese filing, strawberries, whipped cream, macaroon sprinkles
Crepe au Chocolat: Chocolate hazelnut filling, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, toasted almonds
Crepe Peche Melba: Sliced peaches, whipped cream, raspberry sauce, sliced toasted almonds
Crepe Normandie: Pears and Sultana raisins in a crepe with whipping cream

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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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