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Richmond's 32nd annual Richmond Oktoberfest Dance Festival; 6th annual Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival; Café Mandolin celebrates a year anniversary and Thanksgiving; Lemaire has a new executive chef


Two big festivals compete this week in Richmond for your eyes and tastes. At the Showplace Friday and Saturday, you'll find the 32nd annual Richmond Oktoberfest Dance Festival. Washington's The Continentals will play polkas, waltzes and American standards while you sample the German food and drink, including knockwurst, bratwurst, German pastries, imported beer and wine, and much more. Open Oct. 27-28, 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike. $12 tickets available at all F & M Bank branches.

The 6th annual Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival isn't all kilts and big men heaving utility-sized poles, though there'll be plenty of those. Keep up your energy during the exhibitions and entertainment with traditional Celtic food like fish and chips, Cornish pastries and sausage sandwiches. Sunday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 at Strawberry Hill. Gates open at 9 a.m. $10. 569-3212.

To celebrate a new season and a year anniversary in January for , a dining spot in the Uptown area of West Main Street, owner Nancy Cowen removed summer dishes from the menu and made some fall additions like maple-glazed duck breast. Café Mandolin also plans to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with a two-seating, four-course dinner. Call 355-8558 for reservations by Nov. 16. 1309 W. Main St.

at the Jefferson Hotel has a new executive chef, Adam Levin. Levin is from Las Vegas, but has spent the last two years working in Beijing for a hotel chain. Levin says he redid the menu to reflect the autumn season.

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