Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey celebrating culture, cuisine, and community? Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Family Reunion is back for its third year, and it’s time to get your taste buds and dancing shoes ready for four days of pure delight. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first-timer, we’ve got the ultimate guide to help you make the most of this immersive experience. So, grab your fork and let’s dive into the 10 tips for attending this extraordinary event!


1. Pace Yourself: Remember, this is a marathon, not a race. With festivities spread out over four days, prepare to savor every moment of food, fun, and cultural celebration. Your taste buds will thank you!

2. Pick Your Stay: While Salamander Middleburg is the heart of the event, you’ve got options! Check out the cozy home2suites in Chantilly or dive into the local experience with an Airbnb. The choice is yours!

3. Comfy Shoes are a Must: With all the eating, dancing, and exploring you’ll be doing, comfortable shoes are your best friend. Your feet will be forever grateful.

4. Let Loose: Don’t be afraid to let your hair down! The Family Reunion may be a fine affair, but it’s also about enjoying yourself to the fullest. Dance, laugh, and savor every moment.

5. Play it Cool with Celebrities: You’re in the presence of culinary royalty, but remember, they’re here to work and unwind as much as possible too. Play it cool, share a smile, and give them their space if they look super busy. You will def have plenty of time for pictures at the evening events. Then make sure to grab your shot!

6. Embrace Culinary Adventure: Open your mind—and your palate—to new experiences. With a plethora of culinary cutting edge dishes, embrace the opportunity to try everything and discover new favorites. Even if you don’t like something, it’s a great place to try something new!

7. Go with the Flow: While it’s tempting to plan every detail, sometimes the best moments are the ones that unfold spontaneously. Let go of over-researching and savor the unexpected delights.

8. Discover Middleburg: Take a break from the festivities to explore the charming town of Middleburg. Who knows what hidden gems you might stumble upon?

9. Change of Clothes: The weather’s hot, and so are the events! Keep a change of clothes in your car to stay fresh and stylish as you transition from one fabulous event to the next.

10. Invest in Excellence: Think of this reunion as an investment in celebrating Black excellence. It’s not just an event—it’s a beautifully curated experience that leaves you with memories for a lifetime.

Get ready for an experience that’ll tickle your taste buds, fill your heart with joy, and leave you dancing to the rhythm of community and culture. Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Family Reunion is not just an event—it’s a celebration of diversity and a testament to the power of hospitality. So, mark your calendars for August 17-20 and get ready for a flavor-packed adventure you won’t soon forget!

Here’s to the Yum! Cheers to the Crumb!