2018 Biennial Meeting
500 East Broad Street, Richmond VA | April 16 - 20, 2018
The next biennial meeting of the Conference for Food Protection will be held at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond, Virginia from April 16 -20, 2018. Richmond is the capital of Virginia and is one of the country's oldest cities. An old city, with a vibrant restaurant and cultural arts scene, Richmond was named in 2015 by American Express Travel the most popular American city to visit. The James River runs through the center of the city and allows for fun outdoor adventures like hiking, fishing, mountain biking, music concerts, white water rafting, and kayaking.
A great walking and biking town, there are close to 100 murals painted throughout city as part of the Richmond Mural Project. Monument Avenue, made of Flemish brick, and one of the most beautiful streets in the city, memorializes Virginia natives with statues of Robert E. Lee and Arthur Ashe among others. Museums in walking distance include the American Civil War Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Poe Museum.
Those interested in great food during the week, are in luck. Richmond is home to several James Beard award chefs and their restaurants: Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture; Lee Gregory of the Roosevelt; Dale Reitzer of Acacia Mid-town; and Joe Sparatta of Heritage. Within walking distance of the conference are other locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and taverns. Virginia boasts 250 + wineries each having its own signature labels. Virginia has had wine producers making great wine for years, including our own Thomas Jefferson, but is now becoming known for craft beers. There are over 20 craft breweries located in and around the city, many of whom have local bands and food trucks onsite during bottle releases.
For those interested in seeing the Commonwealth: history enthusiasts can visit Jefferson's Monticello; Williamsburg the Nation's first capitol, the settlement of Jamestown, and within a two hour drive, Washington D. C., those who love the outdoors can hike in Shenandoah National Park, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, or walk along our coastal beaches.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, in April of 2018!
Photos Courtesy of Bill Crabtree Jr.