2018 Virginia - May 2018
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
(see also: 2017 - 2015 - 2014 - 2011)
May 4-5, 2018 38th Annual Strawberry Festival
This two-day family-oriented festival draws approximately 20,000 visitors to downtown Roanoke. In addition to delicious strawberry desserts, there are arts and craft vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Attendance: 20,000.
May 5, 2018
Blues, Brews, and BBQ on the River
Historic Yorktown, Virginia
This event will showcase some of the best Blues musicians in the Hampton Roads area. Add that to 26 craft beers, incredible BBQ, and other gourmet foods and you have the makings for an incredible day. Love the Blues - then stick around for the Sunday Art on the River event that will feature the inaugural Blues weekend in Yorktown.
May 5, 2018 Chinoteague Seafood Festival - Chinoteague, Virginia
A spring seafood festival has been held here on Chincoteague Island for more than four decades. "Little Neck" clams, oysters, fish and a variety of sides will be featured the first Saturday in May at Tom's Cove Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beer may be purchased separately and soft drinks are included in the ticket price.
May 5-6, 2018 - 12th Annual Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Guests will be able to sample newly released vintages and past favorites from Virginia's premier wine makers. Perfectly paired gourmet foods and specialty wares will also be available for purchase throughout the day.
May 12, 2018 Annual 'Of Ale & History Beer Festival
Come and celebrate Belle Grove Plantation's German and English heritage by sampling a great array of beers from the New and Old World, as well as delicious food by area restaurants. Beverages include a fine mix of European imports and innovative American microbrews, as well as a few domestic favorites. The historic house and landscape are open for touring throughout the festival, and the Potomac Rugby Union hosts a multi-club tournament on the front meadow.
May 13, 2018 MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.
May 19, 2018 - Strawberry Festival - Stuart, Virginia
The festival is fun for the whole family with kids' activities and live bands, as well as many local artists and craftsmen who display and sell their products. Of course you can purchase fresh from the field strawberries and eat delicious food.
May 19, 2018 - 17th Annual Virginia Beer Festival - Norfolk, Virginia
Sample a bounty of brews from around the world, while enjoying live music and the spring air! Beer connoisseur? Purchase a premium tasting ticket and have access to specialty brews, private talks with brewers, and delicious snacks.
May 19, 2018 32nd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival
Front Royal, Virginia
Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries. Hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, jewelry, pottery and ceramics. A variety of festival food, including the famous funnel cake, fresh roasted nuts, crab cake sandwiches, steak-n-cheese, seafood, or step inside to one of our many restaurants located at the event site. Entertainment. Kids rides, games and face painting.
May 20, 2018 Annual Taste of Arlington - Ballston, Virginia
The annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages. This annual festival features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, three concert stages with live music and a DJ, an expanded Beer and Wine Garden, a 5k race benefiting Girls on the Run, World Pup tournament in the expanded BarkPark and a KidZone with a rock climbing wall, carnival games and the FRESHFARM Markets Build-A-Bug pavilion. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy discounted Taste tickets on the BallstonConnect Mobile app. (also: www.tasteofarlington.com/ )
May 20, 2018 Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival - Whitetop, Virginia
Always held on the third Sunday in May, the Ramp Festival features traditional mountain music played by local musicians, crafts, games, dancing, a RAMP EATING CONTEST and a BBQ chicken meal served with a side of (what else?) ramps!
May 24-25, 2018 Whitetop Mountain Maple Festival - Whitetop, Virginia
Music, tapping tours, syrup processing, storytelling, slide show and more.
May 25-July 1, 2018 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival runs every Suriday, Saturday and Sunday from May 25 to July 1, which features some of the world's best food and wine, including features from around the world.
May 26-27, 2018 Delaplane Strawberry Festival - Delaplane, Virginia
The annual festival is back this year with two days of music, crafts, field games, hayrides, old-fashioned fun, and yes, plenty of ripe strawberries! The event is held in the beautiful Virginia countryside at Sky Meadows State Park (also: www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com/ )
May 26-27, 2018 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat offered in over 50 different ways, activities include a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment, a parade, large carnival, livestock show and sale, military display, pig races, youth art show, and arts & craft booths. Attendance: 120,000.
May 31-June 3, 2018 Newport News Greek Festival
Newport News, Virginia
The festival began in 1967 and has grown into one of the region's most elaborate and popular ethnic celebrations, with an extensive menu of authentic Greek food, pastries, music, dance, vendors and entertainment.