2014 Virginia - October 2014
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
(see also: 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
Sept 26-Oct 5, 2014 Int’l Sandsculpting Championship
Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 26-October 5, 2014 State Fair of Virginia
October 1-31, 2014 Virginia Wine Month - Statewide, Virginia
October Wine Month is dedicated to viniferous passions, and packed with events almost every day. Discover your local crush. Breathtaking foliage. Seasonal food specialties. History and cultural riches at every turn. Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other, with more than 230 wineries surrounded by lavish scenery, breathtaking views, quaint small towns and monumental historic sites. Many restaurants are offering Virginia wines by the glass and other specials. Join almost 500 retailers in this year's celebration of October Wine Month.
October 3-4, 2014 32nd Annual West Point Crab Carnival
West Point, Virginia
Something for everyone including parades, entertainment, fireworks, arts & crafts and children's activities.
October 4, 2014 Yorktown Wine Festival - Historic Yorktown, Virginia
This event, held at Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, will showcase some of Virginia's finest wineries.
October 4, 2014 War of the Wings - Virginia Beach, Virginia
10th Annual War of the Wings promotes the best wing restaurants throughout Hampton Roads. BOB FM, 96X, US 106, WNIS, and WTAR will have listeners lining up to sample wings and vote for their favorites. Live music, adult beverages, prizes, giveaways, children's activities, and, of course, discovering the best wings in town are all part of the day's activities.
October 5, 2014 Carytown Food & Wine Festival - Richmond, Virginia
Hail the finer things in life. The Food and Wine festival spotlights not only the great wines of the region, but the incredible food that is prepared by area restaurants. From the traditional to the exotic, this festival grows every year.
October 9-12, 2014 37th Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival
This family-friendly event honors the city’s agriculture heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes. With something for everyone, the festival is host to as many as 200,000 visitors over four days.
October 10-12, 2014 Hands & Harvest Festival
Highland County, Virginia
Two full days of activity and entertainment. Come and observe for yourself the mountain forests of Virginia's Western Highlands transformed into a rich palette of russet, gold, and scarlet. Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, barbecues, Allegheny Mountain Trout, and homemade baked goods will be available in the historic districts of Monterey and McDowell.
October 11, 2014 Taste of Brunswick Festival - Alberta, Virginia
On the Cambus of Southside Virginia Community College. According to legend, Brunswick Stew was invented in Virginia in the 1830's as a concoction of squirrel, onions and stale bread. In today’s version chicken has replaced squirrel and the stew is rounded out with corn, tomatoes, butterbeans, and other vegetables. Each year in Alberta (Brunswick County, Va.) some 25-30 stewmasters vie for top honors – to the delight of thousands. Games, rides, horse show, antique tractors, live music and more.
October 11, 2014 42nd Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
All you can eat from Noon to 4 p.m. OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS... on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, salad bar, french fries, hush puppies, hot dogs, Coke. (also: www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/oyster-festival )
October 11, 2014 Harvest Celebration - Purcellville, Virginia
We will have wine tastings all day, tours, Monk's BBQ, live music by Steele & Oglevee, corn hole, craft vendors, and more!
October 11-12, 2014 24th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival!
Held at Rebec Vineyards, this festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC!
October 11-12, 2014 Tysons Fall Harvest - Tysons, Virginia
Stroll through the arts and crafts booths and taste some of the fun flavors of Fall. The kids will enjoy all the fun activities and rides. The adults will enjoy the Wine and Beer tastings. Everyone will enjoy the demonstrations by the Master Pumpkin Carvers while they prepare for the evenings Great Pumpkin Gathering. It is all here for the reaping……bring your family and friends and carve out some special memories.
October 12, 2014 Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival
Molasses and applebutter making, a family event featuring Old Time and Bluegrass Music, arts/crafts and BBQ Chicken.
October 12, 2014 Taste of Culpeper - Culpeper, Virginia
Experience the very best in Virginia wines, microbreweries and local cuisine from noon until 5:00 p.m. Discover treasures for your home and your table from local artisans and crafters. Fun and festivities for the entire family will promise an enjoyable fall afternoon. FREE activities for children include face painting, moonbounce, art projects, games and much more.
October 12-18, 2014 National Bulk Foods Week - Nationwide
The Bulk is Green Council (BIG)
October 13-17, 2014 National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association. 'Get in the Game with School Lunch.'
October 13-19, 2014 Culpeper Downtown 6th Annual Restaurant Week
If you've been waiting for a special occasion to explore the robust and diverse mix of downtown Culpeper restaurants, you now have one: Culpeper Renaissance's 6th Annual Restaurant Week. Started by local restaurateurs in 2009, the event encourages diners to break out of typical work-week patterns and share a meal with family and friends. With specially priced menu options -- $25 per person includes a 3-course dinner of appetizer, entrée, and dessert -- it's a great excuse to revisit old favorites or try something new.
October 17-19, 2014 Poquoson Seafood Festival - Poquoson, Virginia
The Poquoson Seafood Festival which began as a small celebration of the Poquoson Waterfront Community featured an art show at a local marina over 30 years ago. Today the festival is a large annual event in the City of Poquoson. The festival draws nearly 50,000 people over the three days it is held. The Festival is a dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Working Waterman. The Festival is enjoyed by both residents and visitors from a wide geographic area. The festival features over 150 arts and crafts vendors, nearly 25 seafood Food Vendors, and a variety of commercial vendors throughout. There is a wide variety of seafood for every palate, and entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend.
October 18, 2014 Apple Dumpling Festival - Stuart, Virginia
Enjoy the cooler temperatures with an apple dumpling. Stroll Downtown Stuart and check out local artisans and crafters.
October 18, 2014 25th Bowling Green Harvest Festival
Bowling Green, Virginia
We hold the Harvest Festival rain or shine. Last year’s attendance was estimated between 13,000 and 15,000 fun loving folks of all ages. Our goal each year is to give you a Harvest Festival that is better than the previous year. Your attendance and feedback are two of the ways we know if we met our goal. Our organizers and Town Officials are clearly visible, so let them know if we met your expectations.
October 18-19, 2014 27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named Virginia one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world! This fall festival favorite will showcase more than 30 Virginia wineries and over 200 of Virginia's finest wine varieties. Save those frequent flyer miles and enjoy a blissful afternoon of sampling a wide selection of Virginia Wines in Town Point Park as Norfolk Festevents brings the best wineries from across the Commonwealth right to Hampton Roads' premier waterfront venue! Also enjoy gourmet, made-in-Virginia food items, specialty crafts, and live musical entertainment.
October 18-19, 2014 NOVA Brewfest - Centreville, Virginia
The annual Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest (NOVA) Fall Brewfest is a "World Beer Celebration" with live outdoors music, crafters, food and of course, lots of great craft brews to sample! It's the biggest and best beer and music festival in Northern Virginia!
October 18-19, 2014 Craft Beer Festival - Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, having outgrown the 24th Street Park, is moving to a huge tent on the beach at 30th Street for its 6th year! The new location will mean the event now has convenient parking at the 31st Street City Garage and will be “weather-proof” for the weekend! Live music sets the stage for the perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best beer brewed! Over 80 craft beers from over 50 breweries are available for sampling.
October 25, 2014 Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival
Sample Virginia’s finest and International wines from a souvenir glass; make food purchases from an abundance of high quality, distinctive restaurants and caterers;enjoy exceptional works offered by invited artists and crafts persons; and revel in continuous live entertainment. The Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival is the largest fund raising activity held by the Chesapeake Rotary Club. Each year numerous charities are selected as recipients of the net proceeds of the Wine Festival
October 25, 2014 Blacksburg Brew Do - Blacksburg, Virginia
We Do Brew. Do You? The Blacksburg Partnership will hold the 6th annual award-winning Blacksburg Brew Do, a craft beer festival at the First & Main Shopping District. A plethora of craft beer will be available from at least 40 local, Mid-Atlantic, and national craft- and micro-breweries. Attendees will savor culinary delights from local restaurants and enjoy home brewing demonstrations, live music, tailgating fun, and the culmination of the 5th annual Brew Do Homebrew Competition.
October 25, 2014 Powhatan's 12th Annual Festival of the Grape
If you love tasting the best of Virginia wines, enjoy savoring food, and listening to the best in live entertainment, all in an enchanting courthouse square, then we hope you will join us for Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape. We are delighted to offer 30 Virginia Wineries, over 100 juried arts and craft vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment and a great selection of delicious, regional favorite foods.
October 25, 2014 4th Annual Discover Virginia Chili Cook Off
Ruckersville, Virginia - Event has been canceled for 2014.
October 25, 2014 Virginia Wine Month Harvest Dinner
Purcellville, Virginia - Event Canceled.