1:00 PM13:00

COTU Southern Food Festival

From the COTU Facebook Event:

Grab your rolling pins, dust off the old family cookbooks, and call up your Great Aunt Sally for her secret ingredient list because Saturday, March 24th marks the first ever Southern Food Festival and Amateur Southern Dish Competition! 5 incredible food vendors (Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQMean BirdJake's PlaceMama J's, and Early Bird Biscuit Co.) will each show off their Southern Food Specialty with $3 small plates for you to savor while enjoying the festivities. Winners of the Amateur Southern Dish Competition will be announced and CASH PRIZES awarded at the festival. 2 amazing bands (Buckville Hootenanny and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band) + 2 special beer releases will make this a day like no other. This event will benefit the Ashland VA Rotary Club, who will hold raffles and a huge silent auction for charity and the YMCA will be on site with fun activities for kids. 

***As always, this festival is completely FREE to attend, and our outdoor biergarten is pet friendly (for friendly pets on leashes!)***


Jake's Place w/ Brunswick Stew
Mean Bird w/ Fried Chicken
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ w/ BBQ
Mama J's w/ Fried Catfish
Early Bird Biscuit Co. w/ Biscuits

5 wonderful Southern Food vendors will come together and showcase their individual Southern Food Specialties with $3 small plates. Vendors may also offer their full menus, however pricing and quantities will be dependent upon individual vendors.


Center of the Universe is proud to present the first ever Amateur Southern Dish Competition. Do you think that you cook the best darn Southern food around? Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is?! With 10 categories (5 savory and 5 sweet) we'll make it easy for you to prove to your friends & family once and for all that you're the best there is. Categories are $5 each to enter, and you may enter as many categories as you would like. 1/2 of the entry fees will go to the charity and the other 1/2 will be offered as CASH PRIZES for the winners. The more popular a category, the higher the cash prize!

If you would like to compete in the Amateur Southern Dish Competition, please email beginning on MONDAY FEB 5th for more information. Please follow the link below for the application:

Amateur Souther Dish Application:

- Pimento Cheese
- Ham Biscuits
- Deviled Eggs
- Potato Salad
- Cornbread

- Banana Pudding
- Pecan Pie
- Cobbler
- Jam or Jelly
- Sweet Tea


......More info to come. One beer will be our brewers' take on a popular Southern beverage, and the other will be a special anniversary brew released for this special event!........


Buckville Hootenanny
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Commonwealth Bluegrass Band
5:00pm - 8:00pm


Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
Promote peace
Fight disease
Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Save mothers and children
Support education
Grow local economies

Find out more about their great cause here:

Thank you to NBC12, our promotional partner!

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10:00 AM10:00

Mean Brunch at Hardywood

2408 Ownby Lane

Mean Bird is back at Hardywood for more bird brunch! Come grab some food to take back home or to help you brave the beer lines---Hardywood is releasing their Foolery AND Bourbon Barrel Cru starting at noon.

You guys know the drill-- our brunch menu will pair our craft Fried Chicken & Veggie Bird with some brunch essentials like waffles and biscuits.

The truck will be at Hardywood starting at 10am-3pm (or until we run out of brunch, whichever comes first)!

Here's a description of the beers from Hardywood:

Imperial Milk Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Foolery is a huge Imperial Stout aged for eight months in bourbon barrels. Massive chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors are preceded by aromatic hints of dark cherry, tobacco, leather and oak. Thick and rich, Foolery brings rounded bourbon character contributions from the barrels and a nice warming finish.

Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Cru
Abbey-style Quadrupel Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel aging. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained bourbon barrels lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Barrel Cru. Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish.

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12:00 PM12:00

Blue Bee Cider: Spring Invitational: Virginia Cider Jam!

Mean Bird will be serving up berry-inspired brunch from 12-3pm!

From Blue Bee's Facebook event:

It's time to celebrate the bounty of Virginia cider with our annual spring festival! Last year, we honored hops; this year, we will focus on berry ciders!

Virginia Cider Jam opens with brunch from 12-3pm, featuring a Classical Revolution RVA clarinet quartet (1-2pm) and berry-inspired eats from Mean Bird (12-3pm).

All day long, we'll offer two flights featuring eight berry-infused ciders and six guest cideries, including...

Big Fish Cider, Co. - Church Hill Blush (Raspberry)
Courthouse Creek Cider - Bella Vita (Ginger & Raspberry)
Hinson Ford Cider & Mead - TBA
Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery - Blush (Blueberry)
Old Hill Cider - Virginia Strawberry
Wild Hare Hard Cider - Willow (Blackberry, Raspberry, Lime Peel)

Additional live music provided by The Midnight Ukulele Society (2:30-4pm) and Wkndr (4:30-6:30pm).

Capt. Rob's Pigalicious BBQ will be on site serving up fresh barbecue and more, and Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches will bless us with an array of crafted treats, including a collaborative ice cream sandwich made with our Mill Race Bramble (Virginia's original berry-infused cider)!

As a special treat, we will also tap a single keg of Fanfare, our wild mulberry cider. This cider has not been produced in three years due to late spring freezes, but we have just enough mulberries from the 2017 harvest to create this small batch.

More details to follow, including info on our limited Grand Tasting workshops!

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11:00 AM11:00

Mean Brunch at Isley Brewing

Mean Brunch is back!

The food truck will be set up at Isley Brewing Company Sunday February 25th, 11:00- 3:00pm (or until the food runs out--whichever comes first!). Don't worry, Isley will open early for the occasion--there will be morning beers!

Our brunch menu pairs our Craft Fried Chicken and vegan Veggie Bird with brunch essentials like waffles and biscuits (both available vegan). Follow us on social media for specials!

1715 Summit Ave


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11:00 AM11:00

Mean Brunch at Isley Brewing

The Mean Bird food truck will be back at Isley for more Mean Brunch!

We'll pair our Fried Chicken & Veggie Bird with brunch favorites like made-from-scratch waffles and biscuits (available vegan for our vegetarian & vegan friends)!

Don't worry, Isley will open early at 11:00am-- there will be brunch beers! 

1715 Summit Ave. 11:00am until 3:00 pm or until we run out, whichever comes first.

Follow us on Instagram for the latest food truck news like menu specials & weather announcements

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10:00 AM10:00

Mean Brunch at Isley

1715 Summit Ave. Mean Bird pairs our Fried Chicken and Veggie Bird with brunch favorites like Waffles & Biscuits, all from scratch. Isley opens early at 10am with drink specials, and we'll have delicious Ironclad Roasters Coffee on the truck!

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