June 2-5 is a busy weekend in Richmond, Virginia. The weekend gets started early on Thursday with four days of the Greek Festival followed by the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival on Saturday and Broad Appétit on Sunday.
The Greek Festival is a Richmond Tradition that just about every person in the city will go to at least once in the four days for lunch or dinner. People drink cheap wine and get awesome hangovers and wait in super long lines before hunting for a spot to sit and enjoy your meal. It’s more of a social event for me because of the sheer amount of people in such a small space. Just go with friends and get your buzz on.
The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival which is held at the Richmond Raceway Complex each year brings in 60 types of beer and 40 types of bourbon. You buy a ticket ($30-40 depending on when purchased), get a souvenir glass and proceed to drink, drink, drink. Getting drunk is probably unavoidable because you are constantly sampling and your glass is constantly empty. The BBQ isn’t free though. If you get hungry expect to spend at least and additional $5. This is another event where you will see tons of friends so it’s a great social event. There are also vendors throughout the space selling good or giving away samples of their product. Here are two that I want to mention:
BEARPONG is oversize portable Beer Pong that can be played anywhere!! It does not require unnecessary tables and is extremely portable. BEARPONG is perfect for the beach, tailgates, poolside, cookouts, yards, snow or ANYWHERE! The patent pending weighted buckets and unique carrying case have proven a big hit at all types of events and continue to gain momentum as a great addition to any party inside or out!
The Booze Box is the true definition of a party in a box. All you need is to add the liquid of your choice and you are set for hours of fun. It comes with 1 Premium Insulated Cooler, Booze BoxTM Drinking Game Rule Book, 1 Deck of Cards, 2 Ping Pong Balls, 2 Dice, 20 16oz Cups for Pong & Flip Cup and 2 Shot Glasses.
Broad Appétit’s mission is to provide an affordable and enjoyable local food festival in that is locally driven and regionally appealing. Broad Appétit exists to promote the amazing food, art, and music that makes Richmond a great place to live and visit. Broad Appétit is hosted by Downtown Neighborhood Association and benefits the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
I tried food from Comfort, Eurasia, Sensi, Boka Truck, Goats R U, Balliceaux, Ettamae’s Cafe, Empress, Kitchen 64 and Kuba Kuba. Good turnout, good food, good cause.