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Food News – Great crabcakes, fall harvest, more Oktoberfest

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to

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The Fredericksburg Farmers Market will host a fall festival Oct. 6. Learn about this and the market manager’s thoughts on next year’s market in this post.

Miller Farms of Spotsylvania County will be one of six Virginia farms featured in a “virtual farm tour” hosted next week by the Virginia Farm Bureau. Learn how you can participate here.

Complete Nutrition, a fast-growing national chain focused on health and nutrition is opening a store in Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center. Learn more here.

Spotsylvania’s “Summertime Santa Claus,” a man who has been running an ice cream truck in the county for more than two decades, is in need of some help to keep his truck running. Read about Richard Foster’s dilemma here.

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Panera Bread plans to open a location off U.S. 17 in Stafford County with some help from a public incentives package approved earlier this summer. The cafe would be in the Carter’s Crossing shopping center and could open in about a year. Read more here.

Pinkadilly Tea, which is currently at 303 Fauquier St., is moving to 707 Caroline St. That storefront was most recently home to The Trolley Stop Deli. Learn more here.

Rick Ivey, who started Virginia Barbecue in 2000, has converted his Ladysmith location into the first of what could become a chain of Hops Brew Shops, aimed at folks who want to brew their own beer at home. Read more here.

This week’s review: The Happy Clam in Fredericksburg

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Are you searching for a solution for the ever-elusive family dinner? A new cookbook/memoir could be just what your kitchen library needs to make it happen. Read my review of “Dinner: A Love Story” here.

Because I know that the evolution of my home-pizza-making habits has you on the edge of your seat, here is the latest iteration of my go-to recipe, a decent candidate for any weeknight cook who is looking for good, solid, homemade meal ideas.

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Capital Ale House will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. The event will close off two blocks of Caroline and George streets in downtown Fredericksburg. This year’s event features a “Kidtoberfest” and includes a $2 cover charge to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Service League. Get more details here.

The State Fair of Virginia starts tomorrow. Get our overview here.

Don’t forget that Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its 13th annual Taste of Fredericksburg next week. Get all the details here.


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