2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge

by Dave Neudeck | Posted: Feb 5, 2016 | Updated: Mar 16, 2016

Comments: 136 Comments

The 2016 Virginia is for Food Lovers Culinary Challenge will begin soon and we need your help.

In the past decade, the culinary bar in Virginia has been drastically raised. Consumers want to know their food is locally grown, ecologically conscious, and most importantly, absolutely delicious! We know you expect great things from your dining experiences. So tell us who has the best!

This year’s challenge we will segment the nominations into FIVE areas of interest and have a single vote-off to name the champion in each category.

  • Small Bites – Serving Mini Versions of Favorite Dishes – Voting: Mar 21- Mar 24
  • Burgers and BBQ – Serving great sandwiches – Mar 28-Mar 31
  • Oysters, Seafood, Fish – Serving Virginia Fresh Catch – Apr 4- Apr 7
  • Bakeries & Deserts – Serving amazing sweets – Apr 11- Apr 14
  • Eat Like a Local – Local hot spots and best kept secrets – Apr 18 – Apr 21

What Virginia restaurants have the best culinary offerings?

Leave a comment below with your favorite restaurant ** that has a strong Virginia influence, utilizes local ingredients, or is a favorite of locals.  Be sure to include the location of the restaurant and what category you would like to nominate them for.


* Dates are subject to change
** Not all nominations will be in the final vote-off. A panel of judges will narrow the nominations to the top 15-20 for each category dependent upon the total number of nominations.



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bylime says:

Nothing beats Paul’s Bakery in Fredericksburg. Old-fashioned flavor going on its fifth decade.

Jackie Brown says:

Highly recommend Mama Crocket’s Donut trucks

Do they have a permanent location or is it only food trucks?

Mama’s permanent location is in the hearts and minds of her dedicated followers.

e lindsey hall iii says:

MAMA CROCKETT’S CIDER DONUTS They have two trailers usually parked in or around Lynchburg, VA. Desert.

Teresa says:

Mama Crockett’s Donuts from Lynchburg, VA are the BEST