17th Street Farmer's Market; Dairy Day; The Thai Room; Valhalla Vineyards 


'Tis the season of plump squash, juicy tomatoes and crispy greens. Head down to Shockoe Bottom this weekend for the 17th Street Farmer's Market.

The weekly Saturday Market is for the eclectic at heart, with the exciting flavor of specialty foods and creative arts and crafts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 16.

Shockoe Open Heirloom Market showcases antiques and collectibles every Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 17.

Get your white mustache on at Dairy Day, the Virginia dairy celebration. This family favorite features a petting zoo, milking contest, free dairy products, activities and entertainment by Kings of Swing, 1-10 p.m. at Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park. June 10.

Leave the kids behind and dine outdoors at , recently renovated and reopened last week. The garden is gorgeous. And the revamped menu will introduce new items and feature old favorites. Open for lunch and dinner. 103 E. Cary St. 644-2328.

Looking for a new wine to bring to that party this weekend? Try the 1998 Syrah from Valhalla Vineyards. The Roanoke vineyard vintage, full of dark fruit aromas, and hints of cocoa and spice, recently won the coveted Governor's Cup Virginia Wine Competition. You can find it at Belle Kuisine's Short Pump, Willow Lawn and Stony Point locations. Contact the vineyard at (540) 725-WINE.


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