Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than with a classic cookout. Whether you’re hosting or have been tasked with a side dish, Richmond’s local businesses are ready to help you find everything you need for the perfect Memorial Day cookout. From high-quality meats and fresh produce to delicious desserts and beverages, here’s your guide to sourcing the best cookout staples locally.



Every great cook out needs a refreshing selection of ice cold beverages plunged in a cooler filled with ice and ready to quench guests’ thirst. Sip on beverages from Blue Bee Cider, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and The Veil Brewing Co., local favorites offer a variety of craft beers and ciders that are perfect for a summer cookout.

condiments and salsa and other essentials in a pile

Union Market

Chips, Condiments & Other Essentials

No cookout is complete without the perfect chips, condiments, and other essentials. Capital Chips, Good Foods Grocery, Libbie Market, and Union Market offer a wide range of locally made snacks and acoutrements to add the finishing touches to your feast.

ice cream sandwiches in a pile

Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches


End your meal on a sweet note with treats from Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches, Shyndigz, and Whisk. Whether you prefer cakes, cookies, or ice cream sandwiches, these local businesses will sweeten up your cookout.

steamed crabs in a pile

Bon Air Seafood

Meats and Seafood

Richmond offers top-notch options for meats and seafood to make your grill sizzle. From specialty cuts at Belmont Butchery to the freshest catches at Bon Air Seafood and Yellow Umbrella Provisions, you’ll find everything you need for an impressive cookout spread.



For the freshest and most flavorful produce, look no further than Richmond’s local markets. Pole Green Produce, RVA Big Market (Saturday), and South of the James Farmers Market (Sunday) offer a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables that will make your salads, sides, and snacks shine.


Side Dishes

Complement your main dishes with delicious sides from local favorites like Mama J’s Kitchen, Sally Bell’s Kitchen, and Ukrop’s Market Hall. From classic potato salads to unique southern dishes, these spots have everything to complete your meal.

store display of patriotic goods


Tablescapes & Decor

Set the scene for your cookout with beautiful tablescapes and decor from Fraîche, Ladles & Linens, and Tweed. These shops have the finishing touches to make your Memorial Day celebration truly sparkle.