The Richmond Virginia Folk Festival started out 12-years ago as a gathering of musicians who came together to celebrate the roots, richness, and a variety of American culture. The idea was to combine musician performance, dance, traditional arts & crafts, and regional foods. Since that first festival, the event has grown to include 30 performing groups on seven live music stages. People come from all over the country to take part in the free three-day festival that has proven to be one of the largest annual events in Virginia over the last several years.
The festival strives to book the finest Folk artists from around the country to perform at the event. This year’s lineup includes Adonis Puente’s & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra, The Balinese All Stars, Razzle Nichole Paris and Ed Cage, BeauSoleil Trio: Doucet, Doucet, & Reed, Ben Hall, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gene “Daddy G” Barge, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Kaynak Pipers Band, The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York, Maceo Parker and a number of other regional acts. The entire lineup, as well as a list of workshops and outreach opportunities, can be found online at richmondfolkfestival.org.
As an added bonus this year chefs from some of Richmond’s best restaurants will take part in kicking off the Fourth Annual Folk Festival. The event will feature signature dishes from 16 chefs representing 18 local restaurants. Each of the chefs will present one of their signature dishes which will be served in tasting size portions via a buffet-style setting. This year’s participants include Dale Reiter of Acacia; Brittany Anderson of Brenner Pass (opening next year) and Metzger Bar and Butchery; Greg Johnson of Citizen; Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture; Dallas Miller of The Daily Kitchen & Bar; Trevor Knotts of East Coast Provisions; Joe Sparatta of Heritage; Jason Lucy of Lucy’s; Velma Johnson of Mama J’s; Joe Kiatsuranon of My Noodle & Bar. The Feast is scheduled to run from 6 to 8:30 pm on the October 4 the old ironworks building that is now home to the American Civil War Museum.
To learn more about the festival lineup and all of the events associated with it this year, go to richmondfolkfestival.org.