Food Emporium to return to Hilltop on Black Friday; volunteers needed

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Food Emporium, Richmond’s own community-run version of Off the Grid, is returning this Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hilltop Lake Park.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with setting up and breaking down the event and other duties. Interested volunteers, who will receive meal vouchers for their service, should e-mail Cesar Zepeda at Cesar.Zepeda1@outlook.com.

Last month, the first running of the Food Emporium, a pilot project, attracted about 200 attendees and positive feedback despite threats of significant rain, according to organizers.

foodemporium-11-24-1This Friday’s event will happen again rain or shine at Hilltop Lake Park, located on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Research Drive. Since it falls on Black Friday, the event’s theme will be “Shop Small, Shop Local” to encourage supporting local small businesses.

The Food Emporium is free, not just for visitors but also for local organizations, businesses and artists who want to set up a booth. Vendors are asked to bring their own table, chairs, resources and products. To reserve your spot, fill out the Vendor Information Form on the Food Emporium website.

The Food Emporium is a partnership between the Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association (HDHSA) and city officials, including members of the AmeriCorps VISTA “Love Your Block” program, which created the Richmond Tool Library.

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