Freedom Food Festival

4:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Downtown Lexington
Main Street
Lexington , VA 24450

Kick off the Independence Holiday and celebrate with friends, family and neighbors at the Freedom Food Festival!

Held on Main Street in historic downtown Lexington, the street party runs from 5pm-10pm and features food, music, beer garden and activities in a family-friendly, picnic-style atmosphere.


Admission to the Freedom Food Festival is FREE!

Proceeds from Meal Tickets and Beer/Wine sales will benefit the participating non-profits!

>> Online ticket sales are now closed. Meal/drink tickets will be available for purchase on-site day of the event.

Meal Tickets: One (1) dinner from your choice of the celebrity chefs
Pre-Sale: $12/person; Day of Event: $15/person (To-Go Boxes are available!)

Beer/Wine Pours: $5 each

Reserved Tables: SOLD OUT! But don't worry, there will be plenty of tables available for open seating.


Come early to catch Love Canon (5:30-7pm) –- they are stopping by before heading on their way to another gig. Headliners are Erin & the Wild Fire (7:30-10pm). You'll get a great view of the stage, no matter where you sit!

Love Canon
Erin & the Wildfire


Area non-profit organizations will feature celebrity chefs who partner with local restaurants and caterers to prepare and serve their favorite July 4th foods. Each chef's entry will be sampled by guest judges, and the chef receiving the most votes will win $500 for their non-profit!

Jim is the celebrity chef for Friends of Natural Bridge State Park. He is partnering with John Stallard of CHEFS Catering to whip up “John's Windy City Tailgate:”
Kielbasa Brats with sauerkraut, sautéed peppers and onions; Grilled Corn in the husk; Freedom Parfait of yogurt, raspberries and blueberries.

Judy is the celebrity chef for Project Horizon. She is partnering with Jenny Elmes of full circle catering to prepare a picnic-style meal featuring Jenny’s signature Sweet Potato Ham Biscuits, Roasted Corn Salad, Green Salad with local cheese and watermelon and Judy’s Grandma’s Brownies.

Steve is the celebrity chef for RCHS Girls Soccer Booster Club. He is partnering with John Stallard of CHEFS Catering to grill on-site savory Chicken Wings, Seasoned Fries, Cole Slaw and Fried Biscuits with toppings such as ICE CREAM, honey, apple butter, powdered sugar and chocolate.

Laurie is the celebrity chef for Rockbridge Area Hospice. She is partnering with George Huger of Southern Inn Restaurant to sauté her famous –- and much missed –- Blue Heron Café Spicy Noodles in cast iron skillets right on the street! Sides include the Blue Heron Salad and Grilled Tofu.

Sam is the celebrity chef for the Lexington Police Foundation. He is partnering with George Huger of Southern Inn Restaurant to prepare tantalizing BBQ Spare Ribs, Potato Salad or Coleslaw and Baked Beans.

Misty is the celebrity chef for Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center. She is partnering with Troy Sheller of The Georges to cook up Grilled Pork Belly, Mac & Cheese and Grilled Asparagus.

Rockbridge Aquatics Center and FOR Swimming
will be selling homemade pies to benefit swim programs, including water safety lessons.


The Freedom Food Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of generous sponsors. Next time you see one of our sponsors, please thank them for their contribution to the community!

Southern Inn Restaurant, Bank of the James, Cattlemen’s Market, Cornerstone Bank, Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen, Hess & Co. Jewelers, James River Realty, Lee Hi Travel Plaza, Nationwide Insurance, Perkins & Orrison, Rockbridge Vineyard, University Cleaners and White’s Travel Center.


Event sponsors have the honor of judging the meals and awarding the top chef with $500 for their non-profit.

But with all these delicious choices, it will be difficult to pick a single winner. The People’s Choice Award invites attendees to vote for their personal favorites. This is a fundraiser after all, so plan to bring some extra cash and drop bills into your favorite chef’s collection jar. Non-profits keep the funds they collect. Give generously!


Interested in volunteering? Sign up here.



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