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2017 Virginia - October 2017
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

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October 5-8, 2017  40th Annual Suffolk Peanut Festival
Suffolk, Virginia
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.  Attendance: 200,000.

October 7, 2017
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - Leesburg, Virginia
Beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.

October 8, 2017 - Whitetop Mountain Sorghum Molasses Festival
Whitetop, Virginia
Molasses and applebutter making, a family event featuring Old Time and Bluegrass Music, arts/crafts and BBQ Chicken.

October 8-15, 2017  Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week
Culpeper, Virginia
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. March 6-12 and October 8-15, 2017.

October 9-13, 2017 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.


October 21-22, 2017
Craft Beer Festival
Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival, will be held at the 31 St Park. 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 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries are available for sampling.

October 21-22, 2017  30th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
Norfolk, Virginia
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 22, 2017 - Apple Dumpling Festival - Stuart, Virginia
Enjoy the cooler temperatures with an apple dumpling. Stroll Downtown Stuart and check out local artisans and crafters.


2016 Virginia - October 2016
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 1, 2016 - Yorktown Wine Festival - Historic Yorktown, Virginia
This event, held at Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, will showcase some of Virginia's finest wineries

October 1-31, 2016 - 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 7-8, 2016 - Hands and 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. Take time to explore the back roads by enjoying one of Highland County's Scenic Driving Tours or Barn Quilt Trails.

October 8, 2016  Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival
Chesapeake, Virginia
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 8, 2016  44th Annual Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival
Chincoteague, Virginia
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: )

October 8, 2016  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 8, 2016 - Blacksburg Brew Do - Blacksburg, Virginia
We Do Brew. Do You? The Blacksburg Partnership will hold the 7th 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 8-9, 2016  26th Annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival!
Amherst, Virginia
Held at Rebec Vineyards, this festival embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC!

October 8-9, 2016 - 26th Annual Wine and Garlic Festival
Nelson County, Virginia

October 8-9, 2016  26th Annual Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Celebrate the FXBG Wine Fest XXVI 2016 at The VillageTowne Centre. This location is near Arhaus Furniture and Books-a-Million, neighboring the Spotsylvania Mall.  Enjoya wide selection of Virginia’s award winning wines, unique artisans &crafters, food concessionaires, live entertainment and much more.  Relax, reset, and kick up your heels. Come share some wine, dance, eat, shop and just be in the moment.  Open to all ages, but not pet friendly.  Adults $15 online, $25 at the gate.  Rain or shine.  For tickets or more information, see website

October 14-16, 2016  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.  Attendance: 50,000.

October 15-16, 2016  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 16, 2016  Harvest Celebration - Purcellville, Virginia
Come be a part of our celebration of the harvest season at Breaux Vineyards. October is such an exciting time of the year at Breaux Vineyards, and is also Virginia Wine month! At our Harvest Celebration we will have wine tastings available all day, food for sale, live music, craft vendors, and more!  No admission fee, $10 tastings.  Vineyard tours, weather dependent, are available on the hour between 11am-4pm for $5.

October 22, 2016  Greenvale School Chili Cook-off - Roanoke, Virginia
Save the Date! We are excited to announce that the 2016 Greenvale School Chili Cook-off will be held on October 22nd on Franklin Road at Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke.

October 22, 2016  Powhatan's Festival of the Grape - Powhatan, Virginia
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 & a great selection of delicious, regional favorite foods.

October 29-30, 2016  Harvest Festival of Gourds & Heritage Arts
Berryville, Virginia
Virginia Lovers Gourd Society (VLGS)  Where gourds meet laughter, fun, friends, and education.  The Virginia Gourd Festival is alive with activities for beginner to experienced crafting enthusiasts, and artisans alike. Enjoy buying gourds and supplies for your gourd craft and art projects.  Learn new craft and artistic skills by taking gourd classes.  Create a piece of gourd art to donate to the Twilight Auction to support the VLGS.  Participate in The Gail Smith People's Choice Award Competitions: two categories - a Native American themed gourd and/or the Gourdacious Gourd-The Bling's the Thing!


2015 Virginia - October 2015
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 3, 2015  War of the Wings - Virginia Beach, Virginia
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 17, 2015  26th 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 17-18 & 24-25, 2015  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 25, 2015  Fall Harvest Brunch at Breaux Vineyards
Purcellville, Virginia
Fall is upon us and we are excited to celebrate our 2015 Harvest.  Join us on this Sunday for a beautifully composed brunch, featuring Breaux Vineyards top Virginia Wine Classic Winners.  Start off with a sample of our Breauxmance (sparkling wine) and then embark on a terrific sensation of food and wine pairings for 90 minutes in our Heritage Room.  Grandale Farm has created this lovely menu to pair perfectly with our wines.  Reservations required- Limited Seating.  Price: $65.00 + tax per person.  $55.00 + tax per club member.


2014 Virginia - October 2014
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

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 25, 2014  4th Annual Discover Virginia Chili Cook Off
Ruckersville, Virginia - Event has been canceled for 2014.


2013 Virginia - October 2013
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October ?-?, 2013  Virginia Wine Showcase - Chantilly, Virginia
Virginia Wine Showcase is Moving Out of the Winter this Year. Watch for our new October dates here!

October 12-13, 2013  CIAO 11th Annual Italian Festival
Williamsburg, Virginia
Sponsored by the Colonial Italian American Organization. Come join us and enjoy a wide assortment of Italian food specialties, Virginia wineries, arts & crafts, and entertainment.


2012 Virginia - October 2012
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 6, 2012
Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Oktoberfest!
Vienna, Virginia
Enjoy live music, food, beer garden, free children's activities, children's entertainment stage, and a huge festival marketplace.  Takes place on the Town Green and historic Church Street. Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce.

October 12-14, 2012  Shenandoah Valley Wine and Music Festival
Shenandoah, Virginia
A fun-filled, action-packed, three-day family celebration unfolds with the 16th anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Wine & Music Festival   Featuring Pumpkin Chunking!

October 20, 2012  13th Annual Chili & Chowder Cookoff
Chincoteague, Virginia
Sponsored by the Historic Main Street Association.


2011 Virginia - October 2011
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

events still waiting for new dates

October 3-9, 2011  Virginia Beach Wine Week - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Participating restaurants will offer Virginia wine specials and flights including wines both by the glass and bottle paired with menus items specially created for the event. Dinners and seminars will be held throughout Wine Week, to include evenings with winemakers from various vineyards across Virginia.

October 20, 2011  Central Virginia Pork Festival - Richmond, Virginia
Sponsored by the Acca Shriners.


2010 Virginia Food Festivals - October 2010
events still waiting for new dates

October 9-10, 2010  Old Town Alexandria Food & Wine Festival
North Fairfax, Virginia
This urban event combines all the city's best culinary experiences into one spectacular weekend. Educate your palate at one of 50+ events all over Old Town. Highlights include Vintner Dinners in the city’s best restaurants, the King Street Sip 'n Stroll, tastings of Virginia's locally-grown world class wine and culinary seminars.


2009 Virginia Food Festivals - October 2009
events still waiting for new dates

October 24, 2009  Fall Festival 2009 - White Stone, Virginia
Arts/Crafts vendors, take out homemade Brunswick stew, bake sale to benefit The Family Maternity Center of the Northern Neck, Inc. to open Fall 2008.




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