Cora Harvey Armstrong hugs a fan after her set. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program
Published October 24, 2017
For our 2017 Virginia Folklife Area presentation, we kept our promise to “Feed Your Soul.” From Saturday morning’s hair-raising a cappella hymn by the legendary Reverend Frank Newsome, to the final house-rocking, soul-shaking performance by the Ingramettes, audiences in our packed tent were delighted all weekend by the many diverse sounds of the Commonwealth. And on our adjoining Folklife Foodways Stage, audiences were fed more literally, while learning some of the secrets behind everything from Iraqi-style baklava to Mexican cochinita pibil. We are grateful once again to have had the opportunity to join forces with your friends at Venture Richmond and the National Council for the Traditional Arts to produce this amazing community event. See you next year!