First ever Food Fest going on this weekend in downtown Lynchburg

(Photo: Downtown Lynchburg Association)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The first-ever Lynchburg Food Fest is this weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Riverfront Park in downtown Lynchburg.

Downtown Lynchburg Association (formerly Lynch's Landing) is hosting the family-friendly event that will feature incredible food and drink from nearly 50 of the region's best food trucks, restaurants, caterers, specialty food, and retail vendors including local beer, cider, wine, and spirits.

Vendors are offering $1-$3 samples to maximize the tasting experience.

There will also be a Kid's Zone featuring inflatables, crafts, a temporary tattoo station, the Homestead Creamery Calf Tour, and more.

There will be live music hosted by WYYD's Scott Stevens and local bands including Jake Ziegler and the Locals, The Dundies, and Joel Robert Kaiser.

Festival admission is $5 at the door, children under 12 are free.

Free admission is also being offered to all active duty military and veterans with a valid ID in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Those who bike to the event will get $1 off admission when they take advantage of the free on-site bike valet services. All others can park in one of the many downtown parking lots, but are encouraged to take advantage of the free event shuttle provided by Blue Ridge Tours.

Shuttles will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from two Lynchburg parking lots: Clay Street Parking Deck on Clay Street and Lot R on Court Street.

Just hop on the shuttle and hop off at the event and then catch a ride back afterwards.

For anyone over the age of 21 who want the full Food Fest experience there are a limited number of "Ultimate Foodie Ticket Packages" available for $20 through the event website.

You can also buy merchandise that includes t-shirts, branded mini-tasting glasses for beer sampling, and food trays.

“Lynchburg is home to some truly fantastic food,” Ashley Kershner, Executive Director of DLA, said. “Lynchburg Food Fest seeks to provide local residents and visitors the opportunity to gather together and experience the best of what our local culinary purveyors have to offer. It is a day to celebrate not only great food and fun, but also the vendors and business owners that add so much value to our community.”

Profits from the Food Fest will support the many downtown improvement programs and projects planned for the upcoming year like improved wayfinding and parking signage, street and sidewalk cleanups, marketing, and public information efforts.

This event is rain or shine and no pets will be allowed inside.

For more information, go here.

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