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    Add a Little Art or Music to Your Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on April 5th, 2013

    Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.

    Dayton Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival

    This Weekend -¬†The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire takes over the Expo & Conference Center Saturday and Sunday to bring you any and every thing that can be classified as art or craft: jewelry, photography, ¬†foods and sauces, candles, wood turnings, paintings, ¬†scarves … The admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and kids 12 and under are free.

     

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    Isaac Gay, winner of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival Emerging Artist Contest 2010

    This Weekend – The 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival hit the streets of Norfolk as of yesterday and offers great music opportunities through Saturday night. From 4 p.m. to midnight music lovers can hit up a variety of venues to enjoy the performances for free. The fun kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the Emerging Artist Contest at Attucks Theatre ($10).

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    There are many more festivals this spring and summer in Virginia. Find one close to you, that appeals to you, that has a long history or is brand new. You’re sure to find one to love!

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    Spring Festivals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on March 29th, 2013

    Spring is officially here with the trees budding and flowers blooming. Festivals are one thing we LOVE about Spring in Virginia.

    Daffodils are one of the first flowers to bloom and Gloucester has them by the thousands for their 27th annual Daffodil Festival, April 6 and 7. Take a tour of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in between the parade, entertainment and vendors. It’s the perfect event to draw you out of the house and into the Spring season. There are plenty of activities for the kids – pony rides, clowns, face painting and games. The fun is from 9 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday.

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips - the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Burnside Farms Festival of Tulips – the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country!

    Tulip lovers will want to head to Haymarket anytime between April 10 and 28¬†for the¬†Festival of Tulips: Holland in Haymarket at Burnside Farms. Walk through the largest pick-your-own tulip field in the country – 90,000 blooms from 50 varieties at only $1 per stem. It’s a beautiful opportunity for kids’ portraits, so bring your camera. $3 per person to enter the tulip field. NOTE: Due to the cold weather the opening date was pushed back from April 5 to April 10. Weekday visits are suggested.

    Spring is also the time Virginia wineries pop their corks and take the fun outside of the tasting room.

    April 13 is a good day for wine lovers. Choose from two festivals – Beaverdam Wine Festival or Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest.

    The Beaverdam Wine Festival¬†will be held at Pop’s Country Store Museum, just 30 minutes north of Richmond. The festival¬†will include four wineries – James River Cellars, Lake Anna, Grayhaven and Mattaponi. Live music will set the atmosphere and up to 50 food, arts and crafts vendors will round out your day. Festival organizers state the fees as “$10 for designated drivers; $20 for imbibers.” Have fun and drink responsibly.

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

    The Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest¬†will be held at Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield. Participating wineries include Lake Anna, Cooper, Naked Mountain, Belle Mount, Horton, Rosemont and Saud√©¬†Creek. Virginia craft breweries include O’Connor, Smartmouth, St. George, Legend, Star Hill, Williamsburg AleWerks, Bold Rock and Devil’s Backbone.

    The day is quite an extravaganza. The 2012 inaugural Wine & Brew Fest sold out and this one appears to be on its way. Tickets are $35 in advance for tasters with both wine and beer available for purchase by the glass, and Virginia wine available by the bottle. Designated drivers are $15, but tickets are available at the gate only. Ages 21 and older. Get your tickets now.

    Ready to fly a kite? March 30 through May 5 is “National Kite Month,” and several fields of green are awaiting your lift-off.

    The annual Kite Flying Festival in Stephens City is April 6. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite because free kites will be given away while supplies last. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. Expect to see members of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club discussing the science of kite flying and demonstrating some awesome kite tricks.

    The Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival is held in Nellysford, just 30 miles west of Charlottesville, on April 14. This fifth annual event includes instructions, demonstrations by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, a Duck Race, games, and a free kite to the first 150 children. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from the vendors on site. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    See more upcoming festivals at Virginia.org/SpringFestivals.

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    Bite-Sized Fun at Virginia Food Festivals

    by Casey | Posted on January 17th, 2013

    Virginia is well known for its peanuts and ham, but what about tomatoes, strawberries and even oysters? Come taste the great Virginia flavors you’ve been missing out on.

    Highland Maple Festival

    Highland Maple Festival

    The food festivals of 2013 kick off in Highland County (Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”) with the Maple Festival. Take a tour and see the trees tapped with buckets collecting the sweet goodness. Pancake breakfasts and much more make this a memorable trip and it all happens March 9, 10, 16 and 17.

    Virginia’s¬†oyster industry¬†is experiencing a re-birth. On the Eastern Shore in Machipongo, the¬†Barrier Islands Center¬†is hosting an oyster roast on February 23. It’s fresh-from-the-sea goodness with live music, wine and beer. Later, travel to the little town of¬†Urbanna¬†the first weekend in November and you’ll be treated to oyster shucking contests and this succulent of the sea itself, cooked (or uncooked) anyway you like it.

    Tour the town by your taste buds when Blacksburg rolls out its annual Fork and Cork festival April 27. More than 20 wineries and delicious foods from local restaurants will make this a one-day smorgasbord.

    Sweet strawberries are the highlight of the Delaplane Strawberry Festival May 25-26. It’s a day of fun for the entire family with kids’ games, hay rides, fantastic food and delicious strawberries.

    Hanover tomatoes ripen with the warm Virginia summer sun, and on July 13, you’re invited to enjoy the season’s yield and watch cooks compete with their tomato recipes. 35 years and still going strong.

    August is peach season in Virginia and the Peach Festival at Marker Miller Orchard in Winchester promises the cream of the crop. Live music, a cow train for the kids and plenty of peaches in pie, ice cream or cobbler form await you on August 10.

    You can’t be in two places at once, so October 10-12 will be a hard time for those who love Brunswick stew and shrimp. Go with the one you love the most – Suffolk on October 10 for shrimp or Alberta on October 12 for stew. Either choice is a win.

    Dig into our calendar to find more food festivals to fill up on.

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    Warm Up with Brunswick Stew

    by Casey | Posted on October 10th, 2012

    Brunswick stew is a culinary tradition that dates back to 1828 on Virginia’s Nottaway River where Dr. Creed Haskins’ cook prepared a pot for a hunting party, utilizing fresh ingredients nearby … squirrel.

    Brunswick Stew

    Brunswick Stew

    The stew is historically made in huge cast iron pots over an open flame in quantities large enough to feed entire communities. Rest assured, however, that the meat base nowadays is chicken rather than squirrel.

    For a taste of authentic Virginia tradition, make your way to one of these upcoming Brunswick Stew festivals. There will be more than enough to quiet your hunger on site as well as to take home for later.

    • October 13: Taste of Brunswick Festival & Cook-Off in Alberta, Brunswick County – This is the World Championship Brunswick Stew Cook-Off and as a taster, it’s you who truly reaps the reward. Pair this feast with a genuine festival atmosphere of arts and crafts, wagon rides, Bluegrass and antique tractors, and it’s a classic fall day in Virginia.girl eating brunswick stew
      • Stay the night at Alberta B&B! The innkeepers are including two quarts of Brunswick stew for you to take home after the festival. $300 for a two-night stay.
    • October 20: 3rd Annual Brunswick Stew and Classic Car Show in Gladys – Enjoy your stew here to benefit the local volunteer fire department. The kids will love seeing Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog, as well as all of the emergency response vehicles.
    • October 27: Brunswick Stew Day in Nokesville – Brunswick stew will be cooked over an open flame and it’s “all you can eat” for as long as you’re there. One meal enough? Take home a quart and freeze it for later.
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    LOVE on Display at Neptune Festival

    by Casey | Posted on September 20th, 2012

    UPDATE ‚Äď 9/27/12:

    The LOVE sand sculpture is complete and on display.¬† Go check it out this weekend at Virginia Beach‚Äôs Neptune Festival.¬† ¬†Wonder how it was built?¬† Check out this video ‚Äď 24 hours of sandcastle building compressed into two minutes!

    Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. For those who have traveled Virginia seeking LOVE artworks for photo opportunities, here’s a new artwork and perhaps our most unique yet.

    Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend

    Sandsculpture at a previous Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend.

    On Monday, September 24, master sand sculptors will bring LOVE to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in the form of a giant wave crashing and leaving the word LOVE behind. See the LOVE sand sculpture in progress from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk between 7th and 8th Streets and in its completed form for the duration of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend  (September 28-30) through October 7.

    Beginning September 28, visitors can get¬†close¬†to the 5′ x 14′¬†sculpture with a $3 admission ticket¬†to Neptune’s¬†Kingdom of Sand (children 12 and under are free). Pose for a photo and then share it to Twitter or Instagram¬†using the hashtag #LOVEVA, or post it on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page.

    The highlight of the Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend¬†is the signature, world-renowned North American Sandsculpting Championship, where more than 275 artisans showcase their talents along 35 blocks of the Boardwalk. It’s the largest event of its kind. Additionally, visitors will enjoy a variety of live music, a Grand Parade, Saturday night fireworks display over the Atlantic, volleyball tournament, surfing classic, Atlantic Sailing Regatta, and 8K and 5K runs. The entire weekend is a memorable family fun experience, one that truly puts LOVE at the heart of a¬†Virginia vacation.

    The Neptune Festival LOVE artwork is part of a statewide effort which began with the Virginia is for Lovers oversized LOVE artwork. The artwork has made stops at Virginia Welcome Centers, attractions and localities throughout Virginia.  It has become a favorite photo opportunity for visitors as well as local residents wherever it has gone. Photos taken by visitors from across the country can be seen at Virginia.org/LOVE.

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