After our workdays concluded, Matt and I headed downtown for the kick-off of the Cville Tom Tom Founders Festival, a month long celebration of art, music and innovation.
From the website: “Tom Tom is about the future of the community, and establishing Charlottesville as a creative hub for innovative ideas, artists, & businesses”
Tonight’s block party featured live music, New Belgium beer, food trucks and LOTS of cute kiddos!
Faith + Tate were volunteering in the beer tent
We ran into SO many people we knew!! Love small town life. The festival felt like a neighborhood block party!
My friend Katherine was there with her boys. These guys are the cutest!!! Both Matt and I agreed that festivals like this make us so excited to join the parent club.
Matt chugged IPAs and I chugged lemonade.
Music to my ears –
I had sipped my way through this kale + milk + banana + chia + graham cracker smoothie around 4:30, so we weren’t too hungry for dinner until later.
We actually hadn’t planned on eating out [and rice was cooking in the cooker at home!] but it just seemed like the better night of the weekend to eat out and we’ll get all cozy with our planned home-cooked meal + LOST tomorrow night.
So we headed downtown to find a quick bite to eat. Matt’s training sweets for the third (and final for now!) time tomorrow, so we didn’t want to sit through a whole meal and stay out too late.
Perfect night to give Cinema Taco a try!
Cinema Taco [located next to/inside the Jefferson Theater] is pretty much a local (gourmet?) version of Qdoba. I think we have a new casual downtown fav!
We equally shared (because we couldn’t decide) a taco salad with beans ‘n rice
And a cheesy quesadilla
Plus a boatload of chips!
The meal tasted SO good. SOOOO good! But the second I took my last bite, the fire of the mango habanero salsa combined with a garlic-onion taste that just will not go away hit. Someone feed me an Altoid pronto. Or a tube of toothpaste.
Luckily we share the same breath
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
That looks like fun! Just think how different it will be next year with a little one strapped to ya! 🙂
Enjoy your toothpaste. HA!
I live in a small town too (100,000, is that considered small? I grew up in San Jose, CA so it seems small to me). I love running into people I know everywhere I go. Fun night for you all. Here on the West Coast my husband, friends & I are just beginning our night.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I love festivals like that, and it looked like gorgeous weather! have a great weekend!
Charlottesville Chiropractor says
Doesn’t it look so beautiful there! Really missing that kind of weather instead of 35 and sleety haha!
I get so jealous that VA Beach doesn’t have more festivals that are advertised. I need to get out the house more. Maybe I will meet some new friends.
Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says
I love fun festivals like that! Music, good food, and a nice atmosphere! Couldn’t ask for a better start to the weekend!
Kim @ Spoonful of Sass says
So glad festival season is here! Such a great way to spend spring and summer nights. Plus there’s always good food. Looks like a better choice than staying at home. 🙂
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Looks like a fun night! 🙂
Cait's Plate says
Love that first picture 🙂
That looks like such a fun festival – glad you guys enjoyed it! Happy Friday!
love the shoes!
Looks like you guys had an eventful Friday 🙂
Emily Malone says
I spy a Recipage shirt! 🙂 Looks like a fun night!
It is my new favorite now that I’ve grown into it a bit!
Heidi Bundles Of Hugs says
Ohhh, what a fun Friday night, sounds so fun!!
Maria G. says
Looks like a great way to spend the night! 🙂
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
That Mexican food looks tasty!
Fun festival- Cville really seems like a fun place to live in!
Lynn @ the actor's diet says
Oooh cinema taco has my name all over it.
Tom Tom Founders Festival sounds like a fun event. It reminds me of a new Food Truck court that’s happening on Friday nights in Richmond – lots of people come out with their kids and pets. So fun!
I wish we had local “gourmet” QDobas! The closest we have is Moe’s 38 miles away. Hoping we’ll get lucky soon. 🙂 And if you think Cville is a small town, you would think my town is microscopic, haha. We don’t even have our own police dept.!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
I wanted soooo badly to love Toms. Unfortunately they don’t carry my size in my stores so I ordered a couple pairs from their website, they didn’t fit, I had to return them and pay for shipping both ways. So I paid $25 bucks for shoes that I simply tried on but didn’t fit. NEVER again! But I wanted to love them!
Awwww. I love mine. Maybe try in person another store?
Mmm…looks like fun! And ahora, yo quiero tacos!
[email protected] Nutritious says
You are so funny!
I wish we lived in a small town. Cville seems so quaint and homey yet innovative. I love it and hope to visit someday.
Have a great weekend….now I want Mexican food.
Did you ever watch Gilmore Girls? Your little town reminds me of Stars Hollow and you resemble Paris Geller. And, of course, Matt would be Luke the cafe owner!
I love Gilmore girls! I have always wanted to live in a town like that 🙂
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
That looks like such a fun festival! It’s making me excited for summer festivals to start up here. They don’t generally start until June though! 😛
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
What a fun night! Great community spirit!
Molly @ RDexposed says
A nice IPA would cut through that onion flavor… 😉
Nescett @ bananaoats says
Your town always looks SO adorable and like a great place to live.
you look so good!! i wouldn’t peg you as pregnant in this photo! keep up the good work of eating healthy and exercising~i bet the beer was super tempting!
Fab post. Cute little boys!
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
Sounds like such a fun night out!
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
Charlottesville looks like such a cool, up and coming place to live! There really seems to be a wonderful sense of community and such vibrant local businesses. I really enjoyed this post!
Quote – the fire of the mango habanero salsa combined with a garlic-onion taste
It’s a good thing you guys are married huh? This combination is not a good choice for a first “date” !
Festivals are a happy affair that comes with great food and great company! Hope my city comes up with a festival soon, I am itching to go somewhere where loud music is allowed!
Sometimes eating out is sooo much easier, and hits the spot!
“Luckily we share the same breath.” I love that idea, such a romantic concept 🙂
Hey, a friend just forwarded this to me – I manage Cinema Taco. Thanks for the great shots of the food and a fine mention!
Fun! You’re welcome!