Richmond’s community-driven version of Off the Grid launches today

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Richmond’s community-driven version of Off the Grid launches tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The volunteer-run Food Emporium will gather food trucks, live jazz, local artists and family-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating at Hilltop Lake Park (corner of Lakeside Drive and Research Drive).

The Food Emporium will run “rain or shine” and there will be a large party tent used as shelter, organizers said.

City leaders decided to launch the community-driven event after Off-the-Grid officials reportedly could not be convinced to locate in Richmond. The hope is the Food Emporium will become a community gathering and showcase for the city’s best food options.

While the first two Food Emporium events will likely be held at Hilltop Lake Park, organizer Cesar Zepeda said the aim is to hold the event in various locations throughout the city in order to provide access for all residents and merchants.

The Food Emporium has been a partnership between HDHSA and city officials, including members of the AmeriCorps VISTA “Love Your Block” program, which created the Richmond Tool Library.

For more information on the Food Emporium, visit the event’s website here. You can also follow the Richmond Love Your Block Facebook page here or the HDHSA website here.

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