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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Burger Blast™ presented by Richmond magazine

$65

+ Combo Package Available

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street Richmond
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
+ C B F M W
Sponsors:

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All-inclusive. Get a one hour head-start on General Admission attendees with this ticket. Expanded in its fifth year, this luscious culinary event will feature 20+ artisan burgers from some of RVA's best chefs, 40+ Virginia, Spanish and Sonoma County, CA wines, 40 Virginia AND American craft beers (including an amazing array of stouts, barrel-aged, IPA's and new releases), and live entertainment by Private Stock - one of RVA's coolest acts.

Below, CHECK OUT THE AMAZING SELECTION of Virginia and American craft beers offered at this year's event.  Also, scroll down further for a list of restaurants/burgers featured in 2016 (the 2017 list will be posted about 10 days before the event).   

Please note that Burger Blast is not a substitute for the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings, where more than 650 Virginia, Spanish/Portuguese and Sonoma County, CA wines will be available to taste.   From a craft beverage standpoint, this is a hybrid event featuring extraordinary wine and craft beer.

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of FIVE combo deals.  These packages are below.  To purchase a package (combo) deal, scroll down to the bottom of the ticket page.

1.  VIP Burgers & Grand Tasting

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $125.  Combo deal is $100, saving $25.

2.  Noodles + VIP Burgers & Grand Tasting

      Cost to buy these events a la carte is $175.  Combo deal is $140, saving $35.

3.  Friday Blowout!

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $125.  Combo deal is $100, saving $25.

4.  VIP Weekend

  • Friday night VIP/Early Admission Burger Blast +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday night VIP/Early Admission SMOKED!

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $220.  Combo deal is $175, saving $45.

5.  The 10th Anniversary Grand Reserve Pass

  • Wednesday night 10th Anniversary Virginia Wine Expo Dinner at Shagbark +
  • Thursday night A Noodle & Dumpling Affair +
  • Friday California Tapas & A Cool View +
  • Friday night VIP/Early Admission Burger Blast +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admisson Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday night VIP/Early Admission SMOKED! 

Buying the events a la carte costs $450.  Combo deal is $375, saving $75.

Please go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom to find these combo deals.

Here's What You'll Experience at VIP/Early Admission Burger Blast:

  • Twenty of Richmond’s finest chefs will create artisan, handcrafted, slider-size burgers (including some brats/dogs) with a myriad of different ingredients and toppings (this is the biggest selection ever!).  You have the opportunity to eat all of them (if you try, we recommend sharing!) and wash them down with 35+ of the finest local, seasonal and limited release Virginia craft beers and 40+ Virginia, Spanish/Portuguese and Sonoma County, CA wines.   You’ll also enjoy live music. Vegetarians will have a few meatless, yet incredibly tasty, options.  You get to keep a complimentary Riedel® crystal wine glass to take home. This event is perfect for foodies, wine lovers and craft beer enthusiasts.
  • Please note that Virginia wines may be purchased by the bottle.  
  • THE VIP/Early Admission Burger Blast ticket will get you into Burger Blast one hour early (at 5 pm).  
  • You keep a beautiful Riedel crystal wine glass.
  • The ticket price includes ALL of the burgers and samples of ALL of the wines and craft beers
  • There will be great live music brought to you by Private Stock
  • Based on popular demand, we have increased the number and diversity of flavor profiles of the burgers you will enjoy
  • Awards presentation for the top three burgers chosen by our expert panel of foodie judges

We recommend buying these tickets well in advance since there have been four consecutive sell-outs.

Casual, smart casual or after-work attire acceptable.

Benefits Richmond CenterStage.

Virginia Wineries

A list of participating Virginia wineries will be posted soon.   

Burger Blast 2017 Featured Craft Beers (a few more may be added)  

  • Boulevard Saison Brett 

  • Founders “Lizard of Koz” Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout w/ blueberries and chocolate

  • Deschutes “Stoic” Barrel Aged Belgian Quad w/ pomegranate

  • Port City “Colossal VI”- Russian Imperial Stout

  • Bell’s Expedition Stout - Russian Imperial Stout 

  • Sweetwater Dank Tank “Pulled Porter” Smoked Porter

  • Buskey Citra Hopped Cider

  • Stone Winter Harvest 

  • Alesmith Speedway Stout 

  • Allagash Curieux 

  • Alpine Windows Up 

  • Alpine Pure Hoppiness 

  • Alpine Duet 

  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 

  • Blue Mountain Dark Hollow 

  • Dogfish SeaQuench Ale 

  • Firestone Luponic 

  • Left Hand Hard Wired Nitro 

  • Ardent  DIPA 

  • Ardent  BA Dark Rye 

  • Bold Rock Citrus 

  • Brothers  Hellion 

  • COTU Orange stout 

  • Devils BackBone Vienna lager 

  • Devils BackBone Coco Bear 

  • Hardywood Raspberry Stout

  • Hardywood Bourbon BRL Sidamo 

  • Hardywood  Great return 

  • Hardywood Pils 

  • Hardywood Single & Hoppy

  • Hardywood Quadrahop 

  • Isley Choosy Mother Peanut Butter 

  • Legend Imperial Brown 

  • Lickinghole Heir Apparent 

  • O'Connor Barleywine 

  • Starr Hill Double Bass 

  • Strangeways Uberlin 

  • Strangeways Albino Monkey 

  • Triple Crossing Falcon Smash 

  • Triple Crossing Paranoid ALEdroid 

    -  2017 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS  -

Blackened Louisiana Alligator Sliders: Creole Tarter Sauce, Roma Tomatoes, Leaf Lettuce, Kosher Pickle Chips, Brioche Slider Bun


Africanne on Main

THE FLYING-OX BURGER: Made with Beef, Fowl, and Chef's Special Natural Herbs & Spices


AHI TUNA POKE’ SLIDERS (raw tuna) Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna – Poke’d Hawaiian Style on a Soft Hawaiian Slider Roll & Drizzled with Mango Pineapple Sauce


Jamaican pulled chicken w /pickle relish and firecracker slaw  on roll

Beef and  sausage / black bean ,blue cheese ,  Worchester sauce   , grilled onions and  harvardi cheese  on roll

 


Banh Mi Burger - Beef Slider with Slow Braised Pork Belly, Lightly Pickled Carrots, Onions, and Jalapenos, Cilantro, Smoky Gochujang Aioli

 


 

Duck Slider


All Virginia beer burger with roasted green chili and garlic, spicy avocado spread, and topped with white queso and fresh pico. Served on a telero slider roll.


California Burger, fresh guacomole, bacon, and swiss cheese


Ground “Ch-uck” Slider (Chicken and Duck)

on a House-made Onion Roll with Lettuce, Scratch Mustard and Pickle Ketchup


Angus Burger with Feta Cheese and Bistro Sauce


Duck Confit Slider with Nouc Cham, Napa Cabbage & Cilantro Slaw

 


India K'Raja Vegetarian Slider

 


 

The Reynolds – a blend of house ground meats / Provolone Cheddar Cheese / Tri Pepper Relish / Smoked Bacon / House Roll


 

Burger Coming Soon!


 

Caribbean Jerk Slider

fresh ground brisket, tenderly and chuck topped with jicama slaw and jerk sauce on mini kaiser bun


 

 

 

The Mac Attack: Burger/ Mac & Cheese/ Bacon


 

 

Greek Burger Sliders


Buffalo burger topped with mushrooms and Grayson cheese with a red wine reduction sauce on a house-made salted pretzel slider bun

 


 

2016 FEATURED LOCAL WINERIES!

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cross Keys Vineyards, LLC

James River Cellars

Jefferson Vineyards

Lazy Days Winery

Mattaponi Winery

Whitebarrel Winery

 

Music provided by Private Stock

 

 


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Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets will be available at the door at an increased price unless sold out. All tickets to the Virginia Wine Expo are nonrefundable.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend all Expo events, except the Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting