PREVIEW: Gather, food-curious folk: Fire, Flour and Fork is coming to Richmond

Michael Pasco
Executive Editor

Fire, Flour and Fork is Virginia’s festival for the modern foodie.

Food-curious individuals can attend the event to be held on Halloween weekend in Richmond, VA, one of Frommer’s Top Destinations of 2014, this highly-curated culinary event is organized by Real Richmond Food Tours and presenting sponsor Virginia Is For Lovers.

Local restaurateurs such as Jason Alley of Pasture, Mike Braune of Secco Wine Bar, Justin Carlisle of Ardent will join other food experts from the Virginia area.

The event brings together nationally-known chefs with the region’s best talent for one-of-a-kind meal collaborations, demos and workshops with local restaurants.

Additionally, food producers, cookbook authors, filmmakers, poets, playwrights, culinary historians, craft spirit makers and other food experts will be participating to celebrate Richmond’s complex history and dining scene.

This event is the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, with each session taking the theme of either Fire, Flour or Fork in the headlines.

Fire events relate to spice, cooking, searing and, of course, drinks. Flour events lean towards dessert, baking and decoration. Fork events involve different ways to cook and eat meat.

The estimated attendance over the four-day event is 3,000 people.

Richmond’s food culture has grown over the past few years, with Virginia ranking eighth among the 50 states in travelers’ spending.

Culinary tourism is on the rise, especially given the growth of Virginia’s wine industry and Richmond’s own growth in new restaurant ventures.

As of September 2014, Richmond was named the “next great American food city” by Colman Andrews, the co-founder of Saveur and

To look at the event schedule, go here. To purchase tickets, go here.


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