Are you ready for Taste of Richmond 2021? Join the community at Richmond Centre on July 30 from 5-8 pm for live music from the band Rewind and a variety of delicious local food.
“The last year and a half has been truly difficult for a lot of people,” said Mendi Goble, president and CEO of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. “Most people have had to stay in more than usual. We are excited to get back out and offer some events we have offered in the past. What better way to spend a Friday night than tasting food with friends and listening to great music?”
This year marks the 7th annual Taste of Richmond event. Though the event usually features local restaurants, widespread food service staff shortages have forced the event to adapt. This year’s Taste of Richmond will feature local food trucks instead. Trucks scheduled to appear include Comete Alguito, Bluegrass Cheesesteak Express, Sammich Man Express, Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck, Kona Ice, Grounded Coffee Transit, McAlister’s Deli, Sizzlin’ & Sauced, Newby Country Store, and Cajun Country. Several vendors plan to offer attendees a taste of one of their signature dishes at a discounted price. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
“This fall, the Chamber of Commerce plans to resume many of our events that were previously canceled or put on hold,” Goble said. “We hope you’ll join us for Taste of Richmond, as well as Pops in the Park and CityFest.”
Sizzlin’ & Sauced
Barbecue is a staple of a southern summer, and no one does it better on the go than Sizzlin’ & Sauced! This classic, All-American eatery serves meaty and mouth-watering favorites. Try the She’s Smokin’, a fresh wrap with smoked shredded pork, slaw, shredded cheese, ranch, and house BBQ sauce. Or, go for breakfast and try a Covered Heifer: fresh, country fried steak topped with sausage gravy on a hot cheddar herb biscuit. Pair either with fried green tomatoes, mac and cheese bites, or southwest egg rolls. Drooling yet? Book them for your next event, or see where they’re headed next on the Sizzlin’ & Sauced Facebook page.
Looking for something different for dinner? Take your next meal south of the border with Kentucky’s only mobile Colombian street food restaurant. Founded by husband-and-wife team Ricardo Ramirez and Claudia Romero in December 2019, Comete Alguito literally translates to “eat a little something” in Spanish. The truck serves favorites from the couple’s home country not commonly found in other latin restaurants, such as arepas and empanadas. Try a dish you won’t find anywhere else, like yuca fries, sweet plantains, or tequenos, or try a classic rice and bean bowl with guacamole on the side. Not to mention, the entire menu is gluten free. Book Comete Alguito for your next party or event, or follow them on Facebook to see where they’re setting up next!
Who doesn’t love a flavorful shaved ice on a hot summer day? Kona Ice provides a one-of-a-kind shaved ice experience for children and adults who are young at heart. Kona Ice has trucks all over the country, with Kona Ice of the Bluegrass regularly serving Richmond and Lexington. Try one of several delicious, fruity shaved ice flavors, including Vita-Blend, a delicious, low-calorie Kona infused with vitamins and antioxidants. You can book the truck for your next party, event, or fundraiser! Follow the Kona Ice of the Bluegrass Facebook page to find where to get your Kona Ice next.
Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream– especially from Poppy’s Ice Cream truck! This sweet, vintage ice cream truck serves your favorite nostalgic treats– you’ll feel like a kid again! You’ll likely see a varied menu each time you visit, but some common favorites include Bubble Gum Bars, Choco Tacos, Watermelon Whirls, Cotton Candy Twirls, Orange Dreamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake bars, and more. You can book the truck for weddings, parties, carnivals, or just a neighborhood pop-up via their contact form, and find where they’re serving next on the Poppy’s Facebook page.
Did you know you can get Apollo on the go? Richmond’s favorite beer and pizza emporium has its own food truck. Order any of several unique pizza pies– from classics like the Holy Pepperoni Batman to the quirky Tina, Come Get Some Ham. Or, try sandwiches, salads, and pastas. And don’t forget favorite appetizers like poutine and pou-tots! Pair it with one of Apollo’s regional IPAs, stouts, blonde ales, or lagers. Book the Apollo truck for your next party or event, and watch the Facebook page to see where the truck is headed next.
Grounded Coffee Transit
Let’s be real: coffee is a morning (and sometimes afternoon) necessity. Satisfy your next caffeine craving at Grounded Coffee Transit! Based in Lexington, this air travel-themed coffee truck serves all things coffee from cold brew to cappuccinos and everything in between. You can choose your drink and your flavor. If coffee is not your friend, you can also choose non-coffee alternatives like hot chocolate. Follow them on Facebook to see where they’re headed next. Or, book Grounded Coffee Transit for your next party or event.
Take your taste buds to the bayou without leaving town! Cajun Country is central Kentucky’s only cajun food truck, founded by Corey and Philip, two brothers-in-law with a passion for food. Enjoy Creole and Cajun classics like red beans and rice, Po’-Boys, Gumbo, Creole, Étouffée, Jambalaya and so much more. Start off with some beer cheese and finish with a praline brownie. Drooling yet? Visit the website to see their menu, their story, and their schedule, and follow Cajun Country on Facebook.
Sammich Man Express
Formerly know as the brick and mortar Kentucky Mountain Deli, Sammich Man Express has kept all of your favorite sandwiches and sides. The fan favorite the Italian sub with a side of cole slaw or baked potato salad will keep you coming back for more. They recently introduced two new sandwiches the BBQ Pulled Chicken and BBQ Pulled pork sammich!! Don’t forget about their menu for the kiddos, which includes burgers and hotdogs. Follow Sammich Man Express on Facebook.
Bluegrass Cheesesteak Express
Are you looking for the best deals on mouthwatering comforting, food truck! Look no further than Bluegrass Cheesesteak Express Food Truck! We cook steaks and burgers to order to satisfy your craving. Our menu is small and simple but delivers big flavor if you want perfectly cooked, mouthwatering, juicy meat that’s grilled to perfection. To check out our great offerings, visit Bluegrass Cheesesteak Express Food Truck and place an order! We can’t wait to serve you!