Upfront May/June 2017

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Mark your Calendars for May/June

1st Annual Food Fest:
May 20, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Finally, a local event that focuses on what brings us all together—food. Head to Riverfront Park to try some of the city’s finest cuisine, from food trucks, local restaurants
and more. And in between bites, enjoy activities for all ages and live music.

Buy the Burg! Trade Show & Bites of the ‘Burg:
May 23, 1 – 6 p.m.
Recognizing that we all love to eat, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has added a new layer to its annual business-boosting event. This year’s Buy the Burg! Trade Show at LU’s LaHaye Student Union will include Bites of the ‘Burg (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.), a showcase of delicious food from the region’s restaurants and catering businesses.

National Donut Day at Old City Cemetery:
June 2, 8 – 11 a.m.
At first glance, it’s your chance to snag a sweet treat, but there’s more to National Donut Day than meets the eye. Started as a Salvation Army fundraiser in 1938, National Donut Day honors the female volunteers of World War I who served donuts to soldiers behind the front lines. Drop by Old City Cemetery for a free donut and tour of the Station House Museum.

Lynchburg Restaurant Week:
June 10-17
Our annual event is back and better than ever! This year, 23 restaurants across the region are offering incredible meal deals to showcase their best dishes. Find their menus beginning on page 77, and start planning today.


Putting Tourists on the Right Path to Find the Area’s Best Artisans

A team of leaders in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox and Campbell are working to develop an artisan trail for the region.

“Lynchburg is well known for its strong artist community with anchors such as the Academy Center of the Arts and Opera on the James bringing in professional level performing arts, Riverviews Artspace bringing talented visual artists from around the world and four strong college and university arts programs,” said Sergei Troubetzkoy, Director of Tourism for the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.* “And we’ll now be able to promote these assets alongside individual artisans and unique businesses.”

The trail will encourage visitors to discover the four localities by connecting artist studios, galleries, local farms, wineries, craft breweries, farmer’s markets, distilleries, cideries, restaurants, hotels, boutiques, and other artisanal and agritourism-based businesses.

Right now, they are calling it the Lynchburg Region Artisan Trail but that name could change. The team’s next steps include identifying potential participating artisans and local businesses, public awareness gatherings, a process to build consensus for the trail’s name, and the development
of promotional materials/activities.

*Troubetzkoy retired from his position in early April.

Local Openings & Closings

Hello! to Fire & Hops Taphouse in Wyndhurst

Hello! to Rustic View Home and Gardens on Waterlick Road (formerly Gary’s Garden Center)

Goodbye to Flowers Bakery Company on Hollins Mill Road

Hello! to Dublin 3 Coffeehouse on Jefferson Street

Hello! to breakfast diner The Barking Dog, expected to open downtown mid-June

Hello! to The Provincial Atelier, an artist workspace and photography studio on Timberlake Road

Hello! to The Leaf Creative Salads in Cornerstone

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