Warm Up with Brunswick Stew

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Oct 10, 2012 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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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 festivals. There will be more than enough to quiet your hunger on site as well as to take home for later.

Annually, Second Saturday of October: 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.

Visit the Alberta General Store & Deli anytime for homemade Brunswick Stew!

Annually, First Saturday of October: Historic Clifford Sorghum Festival in Clifford – This annual festival celebrates old-fashioned sorghum syrup and apple butter, but you can find that delicious Brunswick Stew here, too!

Annually, Mid October: Yorktown Day Brunswick Stew in Yorktown – An annual luncheon of homemade Brunswick Stew accompanies the celebration of Yorktown Day, the day that British forces surrendered to the George Washington-led American and French armies.
girl eating brunswick stew

Annually, Late October: Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival and Parade in Frog Level – It’s a down-home fall festival complete with pots full of Brunswick Stew!

Annually, Late October: 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.



*Updated September 29, 2014.

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