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Upcoming Events & Festivals

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

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!


Hotel Madison's Winter Wine Weekend - Harrisonburg
02/21/2020-02/23/2020

Hotel Madison is excited to host the Second Annual Winter Wine Weekend. In addition to the Grand Tasting, there will be a wine-centric welcome reception, wine workshops, a wine-paired dinner, wine tours, a champagne brunch and more! Stay the entire weekend and enjoy a special overnight rate!
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hotel-madisons-winter-wine-weekend-tickets-87166997837


Suffolk Restaurant Week - Suffolk
03/14/2020-03/21/2020

From Suffolk's best-kept culinary secrets to national award winning restaurants, Suffolk Restaurant Week promises a savory blend of the city's signature flavors. During this culinary showcase, participating eateries offer chef-created delicacies and simple three-course, price fixed menus at the deluxe ($10 breakfast/$10 lunch/$20 dinner), premier ($15 lunch/$30 dinner) or ultimate ($20 lunch/$40 dinner) levels for lunch and/or dinner.
Website: http://www.visitsuffolkva.com/373/Restaurant-Week


Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival - Appomattox
04/11/2020

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
04/25/2020

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
05/02/2020

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
05/03/2020

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
05/16/2020

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/


Crab Cake Week - Various
06/01/20-06/07/20

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/


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