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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Farm Country Feast   (smoked, southern & cajun cuisine + craft beer + spirits)

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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Farm Country Feast   (smoked, southern & cajun cuisine + craft beer + spirits)

The John Marshall Ballroom

101 North Fifth Street Richmond, VA 23219

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

All-inclusive. Get in one hour early to this delicious, mouthwatering NEW event, held in the ballroom of the historic John Marshall Hotel (dress is casual), which features smoked, southern, soul & cajun cuisine from some of RVA's finest chefs, 18+ phenomenal Virginia and American craft beers (including cider), 25+ Virginia whiskeys and spirits (including a few cocktails), a selection of premium Virginia wines, and live music.

Craft beer enthusiasts, spirits fans and foodies will swoon over this event.  Imagine imbibing top-shelf craft beverages with a tentative menu including artisan fried chicken, gourmet smoked cuisine, local Virginia crab cakes, gumbo, jambalaya, fried catfish bites, ham biscuits, backfin hushpuppies with remoulade, shrimp and grits, friend green tomatoes with pimento, black-eyed peas & stewed tomatoes, fried okra sticks, homemade cornbread, fresh farm salad, pecan & lemon chess pies, peach cobbler and more...  DON'T.  MISS.  THIS. 

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of three different combo deals.  Those packages, found on the ticket page, are as follows:

1.  General Grand Tasting & FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

  • Saturday General Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

2.  VIP/Early Grand Tasting & FARM COUNTRY FEAST! 

  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

3.  VIP Weekend 

  • Friday VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

 [NOTE: the Walk-Around Grand Tasting is only a five minute walk (upstairs and across the street) to FARM COUNTRY FEAST! in the historic John Marshall Hotel]

Here's What You'll Experience at VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!

  • Spread throughout the ballroom, you'll walk from station to station with your complimentary craft beer/spirits glass (for use with all beverages), tasting the world-class cuisine of some of RVA's best southern cooks, pit-masters, soul food restaurants and cajun chefs.  As you graze, you'll imbibe a well-curated selection of craft beers and top-shelf Virginia whiskey and spirits (including some moonshine), many of which will be poured by a representative or owner of the brewery or distillery.  
  • Enter FARM COUNTRY FEAST! one hour before General Admission attendees to get a head-start on the amazing food, craft beer and spirits.
  • For those who only enjoy wine, we will offer a selection of premium Virginia wine.
  • Virginia whiskey and clear spirits will be available.   Some spirits producers will make "mini-cocktails" for your enjoyment.
  • Live music will be heard throughout the evening.
  • There will be plenty of seating and cocktail tables spread throughout the venue for relaxing, sipping on your brew, enjoying the fine cuisine or talking with friends.
  • ALL of the food, craft beer, whiskey and spirits are included in this event.
  • There will be a smoking area located outside FARM COUNTRY FEAST! that will be convenient for attendees.
  • Complimentary water will be available throught the room for you to cleanse your palate, hydrate or rinse your glass.
  • There will be some select vendors selling specialty food, agricultural and luxury products.

Participating Virginia Distilleries (as of April 12)

  • Appalachian Mountain Spirits
  • Reservoir Distillery
  • Vitae Spirits Distillery
  • Virginia Distillery Company
  • Belle Isle Spirits
  • Catoctin Creek Distilling
  • Copper Fox Distillery
  • A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Participating Craft Breweries Coming Soon


  • No one under 21 is permitted into FARM COUNTRY FEAST!
  • Per ABC regulations, you will not be permitted to buy beer or spirits, whether in bottles, cans, or growlers, to take home. All beer must be consumed at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.