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Virginia is for oyster lovers! Come celebrate one of Virginia’s most iconic foods at the 9th Annual Shockoe on the Half-Shell festival at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market.

Enjoy oysters every way – raw, smoked, grilled, roasted, fried, and on the half shell – served up by some of the area’s most popular local restaurants. Sample old favorites and find new eats.

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Virginia’s Oldest Marketplace Is Under New Management

17th Street Farmer's Market - Version 2Richmond, VA – The Enrichmond Foundation is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the City of Richmond to manage, program, operate and maintain Richmond’s historic 17th Street Marketplace beginning July 1, 2016.

This follows a robust, transparent and multi-year public procurement process administered by the City of Richmond. The Enrichmond Foundation has managed special events at the 17th Street Marketplace for the past 4 years. These very popular events include Earth Day, the Bacon Festival, and Kickin Chicken WingFest.

“Enrichmond is more than capable, through its oversight, of guiding this public space to realize its full potential. We are thrilled about the partnership as well as the placemaking opportunities associated with the space,” said Douglas C. Dunlap, the City of Richmond’s Director of Economic and Community Development. “The future is bright for the market as the space is transformed to serve as a true anchor attraction drawing visitors from the region and beyond.”

John Sydnor, Executive Director of the Enrichmond Foundation, is equally enthusiastic. “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Richmond, neighboring businesses, residents and our partners as we revive and revamp this fantastic space for the 21st Century. Planned improvements are taking place this summer and will be in place for our exciting special events schedule in 2017. We can’t wait!”

About the 17th Street Marketplace

The uniqueness and distinction of the 17th Street Market reaches back to the earliest days of the Commonwealth and our City.  The native Powhatan peoples met to trade in the immediate vicinity of the Market at “Shockoe Rock,” a large rock at the confluence of Shockoe Creek and the James River. The Market continued as a major trade center when the main road between Williamsburg and Richmond terminated on-site. The current location served as the City’s official farmers’ market starting in 1736 making it the oldest continuously operational farmers’ in Virginia, and quite possibly the United States.  The Market was once the very heart of our City as it teemed with the essence of urbanity — business, culture, trade, government, community gathering, and much more.

About the Enrichmond Foundation

For the past 25 years, the Enrichmond Foundation, a non-profit serving the City of Richmond’s people, parks, and public spaces, has worked with a broad base of partners to enhance and activate public assets and amenities, including Belle Isle, the Landmark Theater, and Kanawha Plaza. For more information about Enrichmond, its partners and projects, go to To stay abreast of 17th Marketplace events, we invite you to go to Facebook and Like Enrichmond’s 17th Street Marketplace page.

2nd Richmond Cider Celebration

Dive into the cider renaissance at the Richmond Cider Celebration, Saturday, November 15 from 11am to 4pm at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market! Sample hard ciders from nine different Virginia cider makers, participate in educational workshops, enjoy local food, music and more.

Advance tickets are just $20 and include commemorative tasting glass, dual wine tote, cider workshops and 10 cider tastings. Cider will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Participating Virginia cideries include: Albemarle CiderWorks, Blue Bee Cider, Castle Hill Cider, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, Corcoran Vineyards, Foggy Ridge Cider, Old Hill Cider, Potter’s Craft Cider, and Winchester CiderWorks.

Educational workshops included with each ticket include:

11:30 a.m. Apple Tasting with Old Hill Cider

12:30 p.m. Juice Pressing Demo with Albemarle CiderWorks and Blue Bee Cider

1:30 p.m. Fermentation Basics with Potters Craft Cider

2:30 p.m. European Cider Styles and Traditions with Foggy Ridge Cider

3:30 p.m. Blending Workshop with Castle Hill Cider and Foggy Ridge Cider

The 2nd annual Richmond Cider Celebration comes to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe on Saturday, November 15 from 11am to 4pm. Purchase tickets online at See you there!



For 21 years Enrichmond has produced central Virginias premiere Earth Day celebration.  We are so grateful to our generous sponsors, 100+ exhibitors, our great bands, delicious local food and drink, and especially our largest number of celebrators to-date!

Please join us for our 22nd Earth Day Richmond Festival on

April 25th, 2015

(see you soon!)

Enrichmond Fundraising- 2014 Calendar of Events

The Enrichmond Foundation is pleased to announce the 17th Street Farmers’ Market 2014 Festival season, featuring 9 signature events and a performing arts series that are expected to bring more than 150,000 people to Shockoe Bottom this year.

All of the events listed are free to attend unless otherwise indicated.  Food, beverage and selected activities are available for purchase.

The 2014 festival schedule includes:

21st Earth Day Richmond              Saturday, April 26      11am-5pm        

Now in its 21st year, central Virginia’s largest and longest-running Earth Day Celebration returns to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in the heart of downtown Richmond on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Sign up for the EarthCraft 5k Race Without a Trace beforehand, and then enjoy more than a hundred environmentally friendly earth-conscious vendors, interactive children’s area, local food, Richmond craft beer, and live music from the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, My Darling Fury, and Goldrush. This is one of the biggest and best events on the RVA spring calendar! Come join the Richmond community in Shockoe Bottom as we learn about and celebrate the local resources that make our world a more sustainable place to live.              @rvaearthday          Earth Day Richmond Facebook

2nd Richmond Bacon Festival      Sunday, June 8     11am-5pm          

Everything is better with bacon, including RVA!  Last year a record-breaking crowd came out to the 17th Street Farmers’ Market to taste, sample, sell, smell and flat out enjoy all things bacon.  Local Richmond restaurants and food trucks bring their creative minds to this event, offering everything from bacon-infused sliders, ribs, clam cakes and mac- n-cheese to chocolate bacon ice pops.  The festival layout has been expanded for 2014, with more event space, more food vendors, more beverage stations, just more, more and more of a great thing.  The festival is fully prepared for a mass influx of bacon-lovers.  Richmond Bacon Festival will also feature live music and shopping. The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase. 

3rd RVA Brew B Q                Sunday, August 17               12-5pm     

RVA Brew B Q features some of the region’s most loved barbeque producers, from the well-known, to the hole-in-the-wall weekend barbeque warriors, you’ll be able to taste it all. After enjoying choices pulled, minced, smoked, saucy, vinegar-based, sweet, sandwiches, plates and more, wash down your favorite bites with cold suds from more than 15 local craft breweries, including Legend, Hardywood, Center of the Universe and more! The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase. 

NEW!   Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest       Sunday, September 7                 12-5pm 

Prepare yourself and your tastebuds for Richmond’s hottest new festival – the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest, a celebration of chicken wings.  They’ll come flavored hot, mild, sweet, spicy, teriyaki, buffalo, Asian, Thai and .… more ways than we have space to share.  Plus live, local music, shopping, cold beverages and much more! The event is free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. 

6th Shockoe on the Half Shell        Sunday, September 14      12-5pm        

Whether you like them raw, steamed, fried, with sauce or just good and plain, Shockoe On-the-Half-Shell is a celebration of oysters.  Join some of Richmond’s most loved seafood chefs for an amazing array of delicious oyster foods and other local dishes.  The festival also features cold beverages brought to you by Anheuser Busch and live, local music.  The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

3rd Day of the Dead Festival     Thursday, October 30       5pm-9pm       

The 17th Street Farmers’ Market welcomes the La Plaza Farmers Market to Shockoe Bottom for an authentic celebration of this beloved Mexican holiday. Enjoy traditional Mexican dishes like tamales, empanadas and tacos along with dazzling live performances from traditional Aztec musicians and dancers. Learn about the traditions connected with this holiday including Ofrendas, beautiful private altars built to honor deceased family and friends. The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

14th Brunswick Stew Festival      Saturday, November 1        11am-4pm

Stewmasters from across the mid-Atlantic region come together at the 17th Farmers’ Market for this annual event. Stew is available by the sample and you can purchase quarts to take home.  Try them all and then vote for your favorite in the “Best Stewmaster” competition. In addition to delicious stew, festival attendees can enjoy great live music, ice-cold brew, children’s area with petting zoo, and an expanded craft marketplace featuring dozens of vendors with locally-made goods from across the state. Make sure you get there early before the quarts run out! The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

4th Autumn Bottom Brews      Sunday, November 2      12-5pm

Autumn is a beautiful time in Richmond and in early November, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market brings together 15 of Virginia’s hottest craft breweries, local restaurants and live music for an amazing afternoon of outdoor fun. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase.

2nd Richmond Cider Celebration       Saturday, November 15     11am-4pm

The 17th Street Farmers’ Market celebrates Cider Week Virginia with the Richmond Cider Celebration.  This event brings together all eight of Virginia’s cideries for tastings, apple- and cider-based dishes, and all around apple-oriented fun. The event also features live music, sampling of different varieties of apples, and hands on activities for children – such as apple juice tasting and making apple prints. Tickets are just $15 and include: 5 cider tastings, 2 food samples, access to live music and kids activities. Guests can also purchase full servings of cider, apple juice and food a la carte in addition to ticketed samples. Under 21 may enter at no charge and purchase a la carte food and drinks.

Performing Arts Series at the Market:

This summer, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market is proud to partner with the 57-year tradition of the Festival of Arts and some of RVA’s most loved performing arts organizations to bring three unique outdoor experiences to Shockoe Bottom. The Performing Arts Series at the Market will feature live performances, food, adult beverages and a great way to enjoy an evening in downtown Richmond. 

June –                          TheaterLab

August –                      Henley Street Theatre

September –              Virginia Opera

Each of the events listed on the 17th Street Farmers’ Market 2014 Festival Season benefit the Enrichmond Foundation.  Established in 1990, the Enrichmond Foundation is an umbrella non-profit organization that serves over 100 volunteer, community-based special projects and initiatives in the City of Richmond.  Our mission is to serve and support Richmond’s people, parks, and public spaces.  Partners of Enrichmond include community and civic associations, outdoor enthusiast groups, trails and parks, garden and history groups, and other citizen-based groups whose primary interest is to maintain, restore, preserve, and improve Richmond’s most valued community assets.

Contact [email protected] or call 804.646.0954 for more information

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The 2014 17th Street Farmers’ Market event season is supported by the City of Richmond, Brown Distributing, and the Coca-Cola Company.