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Lynchburg Food Fest

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First Annual Food Fest will feature all types of food

The first annual Lynchburg Food Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Riverfront Park in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.  The “foodies” of Lynchburg will be rejoicing as they sample their way through the best of Lynchburg’s local cuisine and drink during the hours of 11 AM until 5PM.

Experience the tastes of over 50 local restaurants, food trucks, artisan food vendors, catering companies, breweries, cideries, wineries and more.  At the food vendors you will be able to try samples or select full menu items.  The 9 breweries and wineries, along with the cideries and Virginia Distillery Company will be offering tastes.

Food vendors participating include:  Taco Shark, The Water Dog, Cheesy Rider, Altus Chocolate, The Frosty Penguin, Sourdough Pizza Company, Marilyn’s Creamery and many more.  The drink vendors include:  Apocalypse Ale Works, Loose Shoe Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Goose Island, Devils Backbone, Bold Rock Cider, DeVault Vineyard and more.

The event is family-friendly and will offer a “kids zone” featuring bouncy castles, a temporary tattoo station, photo opportunities and more fun activities planned throughout the day.  Live music will be presented all day.  If you bike to the event you can save $1 off your admission ticket.  Bike parking will be provided by Ride Solutions and Greater Lynchburg Offroad Cyclists.

Admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free.  Food tastings range between $1-$3.

For more information visit foodfest@downtownlynchburg.com.

Lynchburg Music Festival

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Lynchburg Music Festival 2017

All day music at the Lynchburg Music Festival!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 between 1PM until 9PM the sound of music will be floating throughout Lynchburg, VA.  Do you like country or classic?  80’s hits or today’s top 40’s?  R & B or funk?  There will be something for everyone, you’ll be on your feet dancing!

Held at Lynchburg City Stadium, 3176 Fort Avenue, there will be plenty of parking.  In addition to the day-long music the venue will be filled with talented artisans and crafters, local businesses, food trucks and local restaurants providing delicious food, and of course area wineries and local craft brewers.

The line-up of musical acts is as follows:

  • 1:30-3:00  Dragonfly will perform there new songs
  • 3:30-5:00  Here’s to the Night will present their full spectrum of 90’s music
  • 5:30-7:00  Tyler Hammond
  • 7:30-9:00  Kanye Twitty

Tickets are being sold at any Quick-E Food Store in the Lynchburg area or online at Eventbrite.  Tickets are $20–in advance or $25–at the gate.  Those 12 and under are free.  You can leave the stadium and return throughout the day, as long as your band remains on your arm.

There is an “Ultimate Foodie Ticket Package” for those who want to have the best Food Fest experience.  The package includes: event admission, tasting wristband (comes with 7 free beer tastings), food tray and a Lynchburg Food Fest Tasting Glass.

For more information about the Lynchburg Music Festival call 434.473.7319 or visit http://www.lynchburgmusicfestival.com/

Have fun!

 

 

Jacked Rabbit Food Truck

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Jacked Rabbit Food Truck

Jacked Rabbit Food Truck

A new food truck, Jacked Rabbit, has been added to the ever increasing selection of food trucks found in and around Lynchburg, VA.

Jacked Rabbit can’t be missed, either at the corner of Main and 12th at the Lynchburg Community Market or in Miller Park on Thursdays with the other local food trucks that participate in Food Truck Thursdays.  Painted with bright pinks, oranges, teals and abstract designs you know you have found something a bit different, especially for Lynchburg.  And it is…..Lynchburg’s first vegan food truck and one of the few vegan options in the city.  Serving a vegan/pesco-vegetarian menu the food served combines flavors from Peru, Asia, the Caribbean, Spanish cultures and the American South.  The chef, Loralee, attended CVCC’s culinary school.  She worked for awhile at MachuPichu. International cuisines allow her to create interesting dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Lynchburg.  And customers are glad she is here.

Jacked Rabbit

Jacked Rabbit serves vegan and vegetarian foods.

A few of her most popular dishes are: Tostones, Puerto Rican twice-fried plantain slices that are covered with a Peruvian-style salsa and citrus-onion salad, the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich, which is made from a cooked down Asian Jackfruit, topped with fried pickles, slaw and onions on a bun or the Big Fat Banh Mi sandwich which is a a play on the traditional Vietnamese dish.  Instead of pork Loralee cooks tofu three ways which changes it’s texture and gives the eater a sense of eating cooked pork.  Now that it is summer she is offering ceviche and seafood.  She would like to add tropically flavored cold-pressed juices, like berry-basil and mango-pineapple-orange-kiwi in the near future.

As you travel around Lynchburg be on the lookout for a rabbitized version of Rosie the Riveter. When you find a rabbit wearing the classic blue shirt pulled up to expose a bunny skull tattoo on her flexed arm and the famous polka dot bandana tucked around her long ears you will know you have found it.  Give it a try, you just might be pleasantly surprised and thankful to have been exposed to something new and different to eat.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast often tell us they don’y need lunch, after eating one of our 4-course breakfasts, but it’s nice to know there is another option for lunch or an early afternoon snack, if you need one.

Food Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg.  Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS).  Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success.  The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs.  Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park.  They are there from 11:00 to 3:00.  This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them.  Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area.  You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early?  Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park.  We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays!  If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  Check out our availability and book your reservations here.

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Cheesy Rider Food Truck

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Food Truck

Food Truck

Do you love grilled cheese?  Did your mom make a special grilled cheese for you?  Do you accompany your grilled cheese with a bowl of soup, probably tomato?  Then you want to try the food from the Cheesy Rider Food Truck.

Food Truck

Cheesy Rider Food Truck

Cheesy Rider serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup, plus an assortment of chips, drinks and brownies.

Taking the classic grilled cheese and elevating it with creative, but delicious, filling combinations the Cheesy Rider Food Truck is off and running!  There’s more to a great grilled cheese than just cheese and bread.  The perfect combination of a gooey, meltable cheese and the perfect bread, that is not too thick and doughy, are the key ingredients at the Cheesy Rider.

Sandwiches are named after historical areas in downtown Lynchburg.  Their most popular item is the Garland Hill, which was inspired by turning spinach-artichoke dip into a grilled cheese sandwich.  The Tinbridge Hill features cheddar, cranberry and chipotle peppers.  The Diamond Hill consists of brie with fig jam and Jarlsberg.  For those who like a bit of spice, try the Federal Hill, which comes with wing sauce.

Currently the only soup offered is a chunky tomato, but isn’t that the one we normally pair our grilled cheese with?  Cheesy Rider is hoping to add a cold, smoky gazpacho this summer and they are tweaking their version of French onion.

Look for the blue, white and yellow food truck at the Community Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday between 11 until 2.  On Thursday the join Lynchburg’s other food trucks at Miller Park between 11 until 3.  Prices range between $6.00 to $8.50 for a grilled cheese.

We will see you there!