Charlottesville is home to a vibrant local food movement of restaurateurs, artisans, mixologists, farmers and committed activists. During Tom Tom, this locavore capital of the country showcases the culinary art that makes the town such a draw, and also the thought leaders who are expanding our consciousness to make healthy food accessible to everyone.



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Farm to Table Restaurant Week

Charlottesville’s finest restaurants and chefs create a prix fixe dinner menu that emphasizes local artisans and farms.

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Craft Cocktail Competition

Local bartenders create “Tom Tom” cocktails featuring local ingredients in the spirit of competition.

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Iron Chef Competition

Six contestants will have an hour to buy ingredients at the Farmers Market and create a special brunch dish to be judged by a panel.

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Community Picnic

Share a meal with Charlottesville neighbors and help kick-off the Tom Tom Founders Festival at a special all-local showcase at IX Art Park.

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For the week of Tom Tom, the tremendous expertise and passions of the Charlottesville community are on display.


Downtown Chili Showdown

Sample some of the best chili Charlottesville has to offer.

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Sunday Block Party

The final concert series of Tom Tom features a diverse array of local performers in the midst of crafts, and great local food trucks.

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Food Truck Rally at Lee Park

The best local and regional food trucks gather in Lee Park bringing delicious food to the block parties.

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Saturday Morning Market

Make “buying local” fun, fresh, and delicious.

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