We knew planning four outdoor, late afternoon, summertime events was a gamble, but Fresh Food Fest was a gamble worth taking. You might be thinking to yourself why was Fresh Food Fest a gamble worth taking?

Well, here are some insights from Lynn Berry and Jeb and Christine Helms.

Lynn observed: “At the start of the summer I was not looking forward to the long, hot days. No trips planned, just staying put in RVA. Then Fresh Food Fest came along, my did my attitude change!  What fun it was!  Great bands, a lot of wonderful food, plus a fresh lemonade or limeade to cool you off! My meal was finished off with a delicious homemade dessert. The produce vendor, a local farmer was nice and funny too. I can’t wait until our next event:  Reach Out RVA 2.0!”

While Jeb and Christine Helms offered the following: “We had a great time at multiple Fresh Food Fests.  Luke and Theo loved watching, listening, and dancing to the music.  We spent most of the evening in front of the stage watching the conga, guitar, or fiddle.  We quickly made it a tradition to buy a lemonade and dessert and shared those, although Luke drank most of the lemonade and I ate most of the dessert.  Aside from the food and music, it was also a nice chance to see people.  We used it as an easy meet up with friends that live in the neighborhood, but we don’t see often. We were able to hang out with members of our Sunday school class, and we met new folks as well.  We look forward to future food fest nights!”

The Trinity staff appreciates all of the assistance we received from our volunteers who helped with the setup, interacting with our guests, and cleaning up our grounds once the event was over. Nell Smith was our point person for volunteers.

 We also appreciate everyone who attended from our congregation and beyond. Guests came from our immediate neighborhood, some attended because of the musicians who performed, and some came from a personal invitation or a social media ad. Kim Johnson helped with our communication template.

Thanks to Grow RVA, who coordinated the vendors and helped to establish a natural traffic flow with the food trucks and the vendors who participated. Working with Grow RVA helped us to learn about staging and interacting with our guests.

Was Fresh Food Fest worth it? Our answer is yes.

And here’s part of our reasoning, we sensed from the people who attended, they enjoyed an opportunity for fellowship in a less traditional environment. But that is just one observation.

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