5 Food and Drink Experiences for 2014

by Casey | Posted on January 29th, 2014

Whether your palate makes you a gourmand or not, there are fun food and drink experiences for everyone this year.

1. Slurp up the favorite delicacy of the Chesapeake Bay - Crassostrea virginica (eastern oyster) – during this, the 40th anniversary of its shell being named the official shell of Virginia. Seven oyster regions yield a variety of flavors, pushing Virginia to become the Oyster Capital of the East Coast.

- Virginia Oysters
Oyster Festivals

Texas Tavern

Texas Tavern in Roanoke, VA is famous for their hot dogs. Ask for a “hot, with.”

2. It’s been 20 years since Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond began handcrafting their legendary lagers and ales, making it Central Virginia’s oldest microbrewery. Their patio overlooking the James River boasts a great view of downtown Richmond and is an awesome place to be on a sunny day.

- Virginia Craft Beer

3. Eat cheap but really well when you take a tip from Southern Living. Their January 2014 issue includes “The South’s Best Cheap Eats Under $10″ and we weren’t surprised to find Pasture‘s Pimento Cheese (Richmond), Peter Chang China Cafe’s Dan Dan Noodles with Beef (Richmond), Sally Bell’s Kitchen‘s Boxed Lunch (Richmond) or Texas Tavern‘s “Hot, With” (Roanoke) among the recommendations.

- 10 Pies Worth the Drive
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- 22 Great Breakfast Spots
- 17 Virginia BBQ Joints You’re Going to LOVE

Fresh vegetables create a beautiful primavera at Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA.

Fresh vegetables create a beautiful primavera at Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA.

4. If you’re a connoisseur of fine Virginia wines, you’ll be elated to learn that 2014 potentially ushers in EIGHT new wineries in locations such as Delaplane, North Garden, Orange, Amissville, Barhamsville, Berryville, Lovettsville, and Purcellville. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Wineville!

- Virginia Wine

5. Love the local flavors. From farmers’ markets to five-star restaurants, the taste of what’s real, authentic, and right out the back door simply can’t be beat.

- Farm to Table Dining
- Culinary Virginia

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One Comment

susan says:

Love those Virginia oysters! “Go Where They Grow” to the Northern Neck and taste the deliciousness of the region. Ride with an waterman or just savor the flavor at a local restaurant or festival. http://northernneckheritage.com/

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