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Upcoming Events & Festivals

Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers is pleased to promote food and beverage events around the Commonwealth. 

However, given the current COVID-19 situation, we can't be sure which events are happening. Please check individual websites below.

If you'd like to submit an event for listing, please click here. Your submission will be reviewed and listed if approved. Generally, events will appear on our calendar three months prior to the event starting date.

Thanks for supporting food and drink events and festivals around Virginia!

Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival - Appomattox

The Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival is presented by the Appomattox County Historical Society and is hosted at the Clover Hill Village. The Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival is a family event and has activities for kids to keep them busy! Attendees are entertained by live music throughout the day performed by local artists. The proceeds from this annual event helps to repair, maintain and improve the Clover Hill Village. 11a-6p. We will have Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries, food vendors and various craft vendors, activities for all ages! Ticket information on Facebook “@APX.OysterFest” and our FB event page. Ticket prices are $15 in Advance ($25 at the Gate); $10 for DDrivers, Non-Drinkers, 13+ yrs; $5 for 6-12 yrs; Under 5 yrs FREE. Discounts for military, 1st responders & group discounts.

Rollin' on the River Food Truck Rodeo - Radford

The day kicks off with the Radford University 'Highlander Half Marathon and 5K'. After the races, the Rollin' on the River Food Truck Rodeo will feature over 25 food trucks, live music and children's activities.
Website: https://www.visitradford.com/

Chincoteague Seafood Festival - Chincoteague

This event is held to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and offers fresh, local offerings and signature dishes including little neck clams, raw oysters and clams, clam fritters and strips, single fried oysters, fried fish, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, and more. Beer available for purchase. Live entertainment, Arts & Crafts tent, and Extravaganza Raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Order e-tickets online at www.chincoteaguechamber.com. Gates open at 10 am for admission and set-up. Appetizers served at 11 am and full menu available at 12:00 noon. Festival ends at 4:00 pm.
Website: https://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/

Taste of Richmond - Richmond

Now in its fifth year, Taste of Richmond is RVA’s premier event that brings together food lovers, restaurant owners, vendors and sponsors to celebrate local foods, wines, restaurants, chefs and our incredibly vibrant food culture. Your ticket includes samples from 30+ of Richmond's best restaurants, plus two drink tickets.
Website: https://tickets.richmond.com/e/taste-of-richmond

Gordonsville Famous Fried Chicken Festival - Gordonsville

Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken that was served to passengers of trains stopping in the Town of Gordonsville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The chicken was served by local women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads. Nationally-known at that time, Gordonsville's fried chicken earned the town it's nickname "Chicken-leg center of the Universe". Today, the Cooper family still holds the "Secret Famous" recipe. We invite you to come to enjoy this tasty, comforting, culinary experience. The Chicken Festival will feature Cook-off contests to judge special recipes for Fried Chicken and homemade Pies. Artisans/Crafters and Specialty vendors will be available. Local Wineries and Cideries will be on-site for tastings and purchases.
Website: https://www.townofgordonsville.org/

Abingdon Seafood Festival - Bena

Our Seafood Festivals are held twice yearly and are located on our Festival Grounds behind our club building at 8784 Guinea Road, Bena, Virginia. The Festival Gate opens at 2:00 pm, but NO food or beverages will be served until 3:00 pm. Enjoy all the food and beverages that you would like, including: Oysters– fried and on half-shell; clam fritters and clam chowder; fried scallops; fried fish; steamed shrimp; steamed crabs; hush-puppies; BBQ with coleslaw; French fries; cake; ice cream; cheese and wine; soft drinks, water, coffee, beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
Website: http://www.abingdonruritanclub.com/seafood-festival/

Crab Cake Week - Various

Last June, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay held Richmond’s first ever Crab Cake Week, and it will be back for 2020! Throughout this week (June 1st – June 7th), participating restaurants will showcase their tasty crab cake meals while raising awareness about Virginia's relationship to the Bay and the importance of clean water for the food we love. Crab Cake Week will be a great way to celebrate our state’s fantastic restaurant community while enjoying one of our region’s tastiest treats. Participating restaurants will be serving crab cakes throughout the week and using only sustainably-sourced blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. 10% of all crab cake sales throughout the week will be donated back to the Alliance to support the mission to lead, support, and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers, and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Website: https://www.allianceforthebay.org/news-and-events/crabcakeweek/

Ashland Strawberry Faire - Ashland

Ashland Strawberry Faire is held at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA. This free, family friendly arts and crafts festival also features a large variety of food vendors, antique booths, “Kids Zone”, live music & entertainment, BARKing Lot and local business home-shows - all to benefit Hanover County non-profit organizations and scholarships. This is the 39th year!
Website: https://ashlandstrawberryfaire.com/

Broad Appetit - Richmond

Broad Appétit is a foodie paradise - and for just $4 per sample ($6 includes dessert), the public can taste signature dishes from over 60-70 of Richmond’s finest local restaurants, including fine dining, family-friendly, trendy and up-and-coming establishments. The smorgasbord in the streets happens on the 100-400 blocks of West Broad Street will serve up outstanding prepared food in addition to fresh Virginia produce, meats, cheeses, herbs, artisan breads, bakers and confections straight from local organic farms and specialty food providers. The event also features several of Virginia’s finest wineries and breweries, as well as homegrown, toe-tapping music and culinary theatrics. The event is free to the public and supports FeedMore, and it's a Virginia Green Event with composting of all food wastes, recycling, etc!
Website: http://www.broadappetit.com/

Taste of Woodbridge - Woodbridge

Join us for a fun-filled day at the beautiful Stonebridge Town Center! Food tastings, exhibitors, interactive fun and LIVE entertainment! FREE to attend! Tasting tickets are $1 each.
Website: https://www.visitpwc.com/event/taste-of-woodbridge-2020/2894/

Lynchburg Restaurant Week - Lynchburg

The one-and-only Lynchburg Restaurant Week is gearing up for another amazing week. When this event first launched in 2012, it was an experiment in creative collaboration—a merger of local restaurateurs, Lynchburg Living and community groups. Since then, and due to the public’s incredible enthusiasm and support, Lynchburg Restaurant Week has grown to be a well-loved entity in the Central Virginia region. The event is is unlike any other in the area, featuring only local, home-grown eateries and benefiting the important work of local, nonprofit organizations. It's a way to provide the public with great food at unbeatable prices all while helping a great cause. For the 2019 event, a portion of the proceeds during LRW went to our 2019 non-profit, Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg.
Website: http://www.lynchburgrestaurantweek.com/

Blacksburg Restaurant Week - Blacksburg

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. partners with The Blacksburg Partnership to present the ninth installment of Blacksburg Restaurant Week, on June 21- June 27, 2020. Blacksburg Restaurant Week will showcase the diverse culinary culture of Blacksburg’s local restaurants – from Thailand to Mexico – from vegetarian to sweets and treats. Whether you’re looking for a family meal, girls’ or guys’ night out, a great date, or a business luncheon, come check out the dishes and deals of Blacksburg Restaurant Week!
Website: https://www.blacksburgrestaurantweek.com/new/

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