Charlottesville is home to a vibrant local food movement, the result of many years of work and dedication on the part of its farmers, restauranteurs, and market owners. This year’s food programming will explore how to Make Local Food First.

Featured Food Events

Farm to Table Restaurant Week

Explore goods from local farms, breweries, and vineyards with Cville’s favorite chefs during the third annual Farm To Table Restaurant Week

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Community Picnic

As the concluding event to the 2016 festival, the community picnic features an interconnected picnic throughout Lee Park hosted by civic groups, art groups, local businesses, and more.

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Craft Cocktail Competition

Local bartenders will feature“Tom Tom” cocktails of their own creation during the week of the festival. Each cocktail will contain at least one local ingredient, with the best cocktail announced at the end of the week.

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Iron Chef Competition

At Saturday’s Farmer’s Market, we challenge contestants to come up with a dish that is 100% locally-sourced.

Summit Luncheon

During the lunchbreak of Friday’s Founders Summit, Tom Tom seeks to gather 4-5 of Virginia’s leading farmers, restaurateurs, chefs, food activists, and entrepreneurs to participate in a 60-minute panel and Q&A.

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Food Trucks

Tom Tom gathers a huge selection of the region’s best Food Trucks together at our block parties and other events.

Downtown Chili Showdown

Stop by Main Street Arena on April 16, 2016 to experience some of the best chili Charlottesville has to offer!

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Farm to Table Restaurant Week Photo Credit: Red Pump Kitchen, Andrea Hubbell Photography

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