2014 WEST VIRGINIA 2014
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, LOCAL EVENTS
(See also: 2015 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
January 24-26, 2014
30th Annual Festival of Food & Wine
Morgantown, West Virginia
An adventure of food, wine, non-stop cooking classes, seminars, and local crafts.
March 15, 2014 Capitol Market Green Chili Shoot Out
Charleston, West Virginia
Green Chili Shoot Out & Fox Trot Walk to benefit Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.
April 10-12, 2014 24th Annual West Virginia Beef Expo
Weston, West Virginia
The expo will include livestock shows and sales, crowning of the Beef Queen, photo exhibit, beef cook-offs and more.
April 12, 2014 8th Annual Chocolate Festival - Lewisburg, West Virginia
The Festival includes an exciting schedule of events centered on the chocolate theme: musical performances, chocolate themed dinners, chocolate tastings, and fun for all ages.
April 26, 2014 76th Feast of the Ramson - Richwood, West Virginia
Ramp dinner, music, clogging, large craft show, and new this year, a Ramp Recipe Contest. We are the oldest Ramp festival in the State of West Virginia. Come and join us for a day of entertainment and good eatin'.
May 10-18, 2014 73rd Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival
Buckhannon, West Virginia
The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment, with educational and cultural events for everyone.
July 3-5, 2014 Mountain State Art & Craft Fair - Ripley, West Virginia
The 51st Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is the original event to showcase WV Artisians, musicians and specialty food companies. Firecracker Chili Cookoff! The Fair hosts over 170 exhibitors and food companies demonstrating and selling their hand crafted art. The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is held on beautiful Cedar Lakes just outside Ripley with the mission being to educate and demonstrate the culture, history and traditions of West Virginia!
July 25-27, 2014 32nd Annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival
Wheeling, West Virginia
Wheeling is home to the second-largest Italian festival in the country. Food is provided by over 100 specialty vendors and visitors are treated to a celebration of anything and everything Italian in a setting complete with music and culture.
August 8-16, 2014 State Fair of West Virginia - Fairlea, West Virginia
The State Fair began as an agricultural event and its mission statement opens with the primary goal being, “to produce a quality fair committed to the traditions of agriculture.” The importance of agriculture in daily life, society and international markets is a very important educational focus of the Fair’s programming.
August 16, 2014 Mountaineer Brewfest at Heritage Port
Wheeling, West Virginia
Mountaineer Brewfest is an Upper Ohio Valley Festival showcasing West Virginia’s diverse entries in the Craft and Microbrew market.
August 17, 2014 Sixth Annual Tomato Tasting Festival
Fairmont, West Virginia
FREE Admission. Over 50 varieties of tomatoes expected to taste. Farmer’s Market - Educational clinics on Gardening related topics - Largest and Best Tasting Tomato Contest – Open to all and cash rewards! - Food Demonstrations - Lunch & fresh Lemonade available - Presented by: The Marion County Master Gardeners and the WVU Extension Service
August 23, 2014 7th Annual Wheeling Wine & Jazz Festival
Wheeling, West Virginia
West Virginia wines, smooth jazz music, and the breathtaking backdrop of the Heritage Port are just some of things you experience at this must-see annual event.
August 23, 2014 Taste of Appalachia - Buckley, West Virginia
Food vendors & free concerts; Part of the 18th Annual Appalachian Festival which also features arts & crafts, folk music and coal mine tours.
August 23-24, 2014 34th Annual West Virginia State Honey Festival
Parkersburg, West Virginia
A festival designed to promote the bee industry with lots of crafts, great food, great entertainment, and a Kid's Zone for children. The West Virginia State Honey Festival was founded with the purpose to educate the community on the importance of honey and the honey bee. From great food and entertainment, to our many crafters as well as our continued education about honey and the honey bee, the West Virginia State Honey Festival offers a little something for everyone.
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September 12-13, 2014 45th Annual Nicholas County Potato Festival
Summersville, West Virginia
Celebrates potato farming, which is a significant part of Nicholas County's heritage. The festival is geared towards the family and provides an array of activities.
September 18-21, 2014
41st Annual Clay County Golden Delicious Festival - Clay, West Virginia
Indulge in a taste of fun in Clay, birthplace of the Golden Delicious apple, official state fruit of West Virginia.
September 25-28, 2014 73rd Annual Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood, West Virginia
The festival's namesake- buckwheat- is served each year as deliciously sour cakes that can be smothered in butter and syrup or applesauce. Festival highlights include livestock shows, arts & crafts, parade, music and fireworks.
September 27, 2014 WV RoadKill Cook-off & Autumn Harvest Festival
Marlinton, West Virginia
The West Virginia Road Kill Cook-off is one of the region’s most exciting and fun annual events. In years past, the Food Network, the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel have all done filming of this wild and wacky festival! Anything goes as long as the main ingredient is an animal commonly found along the road. You can taste some very unique dishes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams chosen by our panel of celebrity judges.
October 2-5, 2014 West Virginia Pumpkin Festival - Milton, West Virginia
Started in 1985, the festival was designed to help farmers with the raising and selling of pumpkins. The festival attracts attention from throughout the region and features a variety of activities aimed at families.
October 9-12, 2014 60th Annual West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
The 60th annual event will feature food, entertainment, car show, livestock show, carnival, and awards for the finest mature black walnut and hickory nut specimens from around the state, judged for the quality and size of their kernels.
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 16-19, 2014 Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Parade, cooking demonstration, arts & crafts, square dance, and tours of the WV University Tree Fruit Research Center. Many contests: best apple pie, artistic apple arrangements, best grower, photography, apple eating, apple peeling, and apple variety identification.
October 24-25, 2014 Hogging Up West Virginia BBQ Festival
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Two day barbecue festival featuring West Virginia's only sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society competition. Music, vendors, beer and fun. Nesled in the Applacian mountains, right outside Berkeley Springs, this event takes place at Cox Camping. This event is raising money for the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Department.
November 27, 2014 THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.
December 10, 2014 Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.