11:00 AM11:00

Midtown State Fair

Sunday August 26th 11-4, Libbie Mill Midtown (Libbie Lake E St. Richmond VA 23230)
FREE and family friendly with events all day! 

Awesome selection of food & craft beer!

Old-fashioned cake and kale walks, farmer cook-offs, music and dancing, heirloom vegetables, aluminum foil origami, culinary spelling bees, chicken impersonating, pickle-face making and more.

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Labor Day at Ardent!

Enjoy your sweet, sweet day off of work with Mean Bird! We'll be posted up at Ardent Craft Ales for the day--stay tuned for menu and specials, we just may start the day with MEAN BRUNCH! And Ardent will be slinging top-notch beers, of course!


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10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hospital Foundation Four Mile Fun Run

Children's Hospital Foundation 2924 Brook Rd

Register now for the 2018 Children's Hospital Foundation Four Mile Fun Run, presented by Elite Contracting Group, features a race format perfect for the whole family. Walkers and runners of all ages are invited to participate in our four mile course, and children between the ages of 5 and 10 can enjoy a variety of free activities, including inflatables, face-painting, and crafts. Post-race refreshments, raffle prize drawings, music and more will immediately follow the race.

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11:00 AM11:00

Mean Bird at Broad Appetit!


From the Broad Appetit website (click to read all the info!):

The mission of Broad Appétit is to provide an affordable and enjoyable local food festival in that is locally driven and regionally appealing. Broad Appétit exists to promote the amazing food, art, and music that makes Richmond a great place to live and visit. Broad Appétit is hosted by Downtown Neighborhood Association and benefits FeedMore.

You've waited all year for the return of Broad Appétit and we are excited to once again feature the best local restaurants our fine city has to offer - and all at $3 a plate! Bring your appetite and cash and plan on grazing your way down Broad Street. There will be plenty of Virginia wines and beers to wash down the delicious offerings with, as well as great vendors to visit and music to please your ears. Remember your re-usable shopping bag and gather up your favorite in-season produce from local farmers and food providers. Check out the What's On the Menu link to see who's coming! 

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1:00 PM13:00

Vegan Pop Up at Hardywood

Multiple trucks, all vegan menus!
2408 Ownby Lane. 

From the Hardywood Facebook page:

Beer lovers and vegans rejoice! Every first Wednesday of the month our Scotts Addition location we host an ALL VEGAN food truck court in partnership with Richmond VegFest. Our taproom opens at 4PM with a tasty lineup of seasonal drafts for you to enjoy, along with local food trucks serving VEGAN ONLY menus at 5:30PM:
Gelati Celesti Ice Cream
Go Go Vegan Go
Mean Bird
River City Wood Fire Pizza

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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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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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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


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