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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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Let the Wine Flow in September

by Casey | Posted on August 17th, 2012

Those who love a good glass of wine can find it every day of the week in Virginia. Winery tasting room staffs offer¬†guests samples, explain how¬†the wine was¬†created, what smells and flavors should¬†be recognizable in each and what food might pair well with each. Additionally, many of Virginia’s wineries host special events. Here are a few you can look forward to in September.

Rockbridge Vineyard

Rockbridge Vineyard

September 1

  • Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend at Fox Meadow Winery. Expect red, white and blue food pairs with the wine. Sept 1-3. Standard tasting fee of $5-$6 applies.

September 2

  • First Sunday of the Month Brunch¬†at Prince Michel features wine tastings, self or guided tours, and of course, the brunch buffet. $25/adult; $12.50/child 12 and younger. 10:30-2:30
  • Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards is a time when dog owners can bring their pooch. Tastings are conducted both inside and outside. Leash your pet at all times. Held every Sunday 9-5.

September 3

  • Labor Day Lunch at Chateau Morrisette sounds like a great way to spend the day. The restaurant is open 11 to 2 and the winery is open 10 to 5.

September 7

  • Live Music Fridays is exactly what it sounds like. Go to Potomac Point Winery every Friday for music, wine and dining. $24.00/person. 6-9 p.m.

September 8

  • Music, wine and the great outdoors. That’s Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Bring your blanket or lawnchair and have a relaxing evening under the stars. 7-11 p.m.
  • The Squealing Black Dog & Swine Festival at Chateau Morrisette promises to be a great time -¬†BBQ pit masters, sauce competition,¬†R&B, Blues and Country music, great wine, vendors and more. $25/person. 11 to 6.
  • Sans Soucy Vineyards invites you to their 3rd Annual Shrimp & Wine Festival featuring five wineries, great food, live music, and plenty of arts and crafts. $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Designated drivers are $10. Children 16 and under are free. Noon to 6.
  • The South African Food & Wine Festival, now in its 7th year,¬†is held at Grayhaven Winery. Exotic eats and Grayhaven’s wine are what’s up. The upbeat live music by JuxtaPower won’t let you sit still, so be ready for a great weekend in Gum Spring. General Admission: $20 in advance; $30 at the gate. + Wine Tasting: $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Children 17 and under are free. 11-6
  • Blue Ridge Vineyards hosts a Summer Concert series twice per month, where guests can relax with fantastic music and even better wine. Hear the sounds of Preacher Woody & MWB Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Later, on September 22, SOLREVOLT brings the fun.

September 14

  • Have a seat on the deck at Lexington Valley Vineyards for their monthly Wine and Wags – a good Friday afternoon wind down with your best pet and a nice glass of wine. Noon to 6.

September 15

  • DuCard Vineyards’ fine wines are paired with a fabulous dinner during the Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner. Music, as well as opportunities to meet the chef and the winemakers, will make this a memorable night. $79/person. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

September 16

  • Taste Rockbridge Vineyards’ wine for free during Sunday Uncorked. Visit between 2 and 5 p.m. and enjoy a live band, too. If you like it, come do it again on September 30!

September 22

  • Afton After Hours is what Afton Mountain Vineyards calls their once-a-month Saturday evening¬†wine and music event. No tastings, but wine for sale by the glass and bottle. 6:30-9 p.m.

September 28

  • Taste something new. North Mountain Vineyard is hosting a Bavarian Dinner right on time for Oktoberfest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 pre-paid reservations only.

September 29

  • As the moon rises, DuCard celebrates! Sit a spell drinking great wine and waiting for the harvest moon to rise. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Learn more about Virginia’s wineries and pinpoint their locations on our new map at Virginia.org/Wine.

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Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven¬† as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center¬†at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to¬†new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

 

Key Events

  • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
  • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
  • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande,¬†Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
  • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
  • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White,¬†Igor Stravinsky and¬†Robert Schumann
  • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and¬†Charles Martin Loeffler
  • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
  • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
  • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
  • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
  • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
  • 7/23: Art Song and Opera -¬†Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
  • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
  • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and¬†Brahms
  • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
  • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
  • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
  • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff,¬†Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and¬†Francisco Mignone
  • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
  • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
  • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

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