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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!

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/

Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship - Galax

Imagine being part of the state barbecue championship in the beautiful mountain town of Galax, Virginia! Known worldwide as the Capital of Bluegrass Music and the famous Old Time Fiddler's Convention - now's your chance to spill a little barbecue sauce into this music-loving community. Come & Enjoy some BBQ!
Website: http://www.smokeonthemountainva.com/

Blackberry Delight - Luray

For many Shenandoah National Park visitors, it’s all about the blackberries. Starting mid-summer, thickets of Shenandoah blackberries ripen in the open areas along the roads, trails and streams of the national park. Blackberry Delight is an annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes combined with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid’s activities to make it a fun day for the entire family!
Website: https://www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events/festivals/blackberry-delight

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