Center of the Universe Brewing, an Ashland-based brewery, will bring its Southern Food Festival to New Town noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
Center of the Universe began the now-annual festival at its brewery last year to great success from the local community, which inspired owner Chris Ray to take the event on the road. The Southern Food Festival still takes place in Ashland in March, but will take place in New Town’s Sullivan Square in April.
“We did this event for the first time last year, and we did it again at the brewery this year, but we always had the idea of taking these food-based events out of our home base,” Ray said. “It’s a good platform for us, and it helps us to bring awareness to restaurants in the area.”
As a College of William and Mary alum, Ray said Williamsburg was a natural fit for his food festival.
“The space out there at Sullivan Square seemed like a perfect spot for us to put this on, and of course, with it being there, there’s a good number of restaurants that are already in the New Town area, so it just made sense,” he said.
Nearby restaurants including Anatolia Bar & Grill, Bonefish Grill, Center Street Grill, Cogan’s Deli & Sports Pub, The Corner Pocket and Paul’s Deli & Neighborhood Restaurant will offer $3 tapas of their showcased Southern dish, according to a James City County news release.
Beverages will be available from Center of the Universe, Origin Beer Lab and Sly Clyde Ciderworks, and attendees can also enjoy live bluegrass music from Commonwealth Bluegrass Band from noon until 2:30 p.m. followed by Buckville Hootenanny from 2:30-5 p.m.
Want to go?
The Southern Food Festival will come to New Town’s Sullivan Square from noon to 5 p.m. April 6. Attendees can choose between a $5 general admission ticket, or a $60 pass that will allow them to get one item from each vendor along with priority line access and two beverage tickets.
Tickets can be purchased at: bit.ly/2BRy8rK.
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