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January 20-22, 2017  33rd Annual Festival of Food & Wine
Morgantown, West Virginia
An adventure of food, wine, non-stop cooking classes, seminars, and local crafts.  The weekend will be highlighted by culinary seminars featuring cuisine from Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and much more. Accompanied with the culinary seminars there will be wine tastings and classes along with whiskey tasting. During the day on Saturday, shop our Artisan Marketplace featuring homemade jams and sauces, wines, jewelry, antiques and much more! Don't forget about the 6th Annual Iron Chef Competition where two seasoned chefs will have a cook off for the prized trophy!

February 14, 2017 - VALENTINE'S DAY - Nationwide
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 18-25, 2017  National FFA Week - Nationwide
the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

March 6-10, 2017  National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

March 18, 2017  Capitol Market Green Chili Shoot Out
Charleston, West Virginia
Green Chili Shoot Out & Fox Trot Walk to benefit Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation

March 21, 2017  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

April 6-8, 2017  27th 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 8, 2017  11th 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 22, 2017  Earth Day - Worldwide
Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

April 22, 2017  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'.

April 29, 2017  Ramp and Rhubarb Gourmet Dinner
Weston, West Virginia
The Riverfront Farmers Market, of Weston is having a Ramp and Rhubarb Gourmet Dinner at the WV Museum of American Glass on Main Avenue in Weston. The cost is $35 per person with the dinner created by award-winning chef Geoff Kraus of Thyme Bistro in Weston.  Reservations can be made and tickets bought at Thyme Bistro (304-269-7177), City Municipal Building (304-269-61410, or the Glass Museum (304-269-5006). The dinner begins at 7 p.m.


May 13-21, 2017  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.

May 14, 2017  MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

June 10, 2017  Bikes & BBQ - Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Do you like riding your bike, smoking meats, or eating great food? If so, then Point Pleasant is the place to be for our inaugural "Bikes & BBQ." We will have select routes for cyclists of all levels and a backyard BBQ cook off to prove that your ribs and pulled pork are the best around.  This event is brought to you by the PPBT committee and The Point Pleasant Parks and Rec Committee. All funds raised will go to the city of Point Pleasant's parks and rec fund!

July 4, 2017  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 21-23, 2017  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 11-20, 2017  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 19, 2017  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 25-27, 2017  21st Annual Appalachian Festival
Buckley, West Virginia
Food vendors & free concerts; Taste of Beckley; Part of the Annual Appalachian Festival which also features arts & crafts, folk music and coal mine tours.

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

November 4, 2017  Charleston's Mac n' Cheese Cook-off
Charleston, West Virginia
Charleston's Mac n Cheese Cook-off presented by the Childhood Language Center is back by popular demand for the third year! Held in the beautiful outdoor pavilion at Capitol Market, the competition is open to anyone and everyone, from restaurants, individuals, businesses, and non-profits. You bring your best mac n' cheese and we will take care of the rest! The contestants are judged by local judges as well as by the general public for a chance to win the “People’s Choice Award.” We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a Saturday than listening to some great music, eating some fantastic mac n cheese, and supporting a worthy local cause.

November 23, 2017 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.

December 10, 2017 - 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.



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August 27-28, 2016  35th 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.

September 9-10, 2016  47th 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 15-17, 2016  43rd 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 16-18, 2016  Mountain State Art & Craft Fair
Ripley, West Virginia
Mountain State Art and Craft Fair: An Appalachian Experience will take place Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV.  Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students age 6-12. Children under 5 are admitted free.  West Virginia’s oldest heritage fair, the MSACF began in 1963 as part of West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. New for 2016, the Fair will be an autumn celebration of art, food, music and culture. It will highlight the influences of the Celtic, Italian, Swiss, German and other cultures that made Appalachia special.  Cedar Lakes provides a beautiful backdrop for this three-day event where exhibitors will have the opportunity to demonstrate and sell their wares. Products available will include those made from wood, glass and metal, as well as one-of-a kind clothing, fine art and much more.

September 23-24, 2016  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.

September 28-October 2, 2016  75th 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.

October 6-9, 2016  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 13-16, 2016  62nd Annual West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
The 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 20-23, 2016  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.



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August 16, 2015  7th 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.



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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.

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.

October 24-25, 2014  Hogging Up West Virginia BBQ Festival
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Hogging Up West Virginia Has Been Cancelled for a Variety of Reasons



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September 6-8, 2013  Pickin' in the Panhandle - Hedgesville, WV
Celebrating the best of barbecue, roots music, and family fun with over two dozen bands on three stages and the West Virginia State BBQ Championship.


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August 2-4, 2012  Blackberry Festival - Nutter Fort, West Virginia
This great 3-day food festival has lots of wonderful blackberry dishes and other foods, arts & crafts, 5K Run, fireworks, games and lots and lots of free entertainment.

August 25-26, 2012  Slow Food Roots Music Festival - Stanwood, WV
Celebrating the quality and richness of the Port Susan community, this two day event features the best in organic & wholesome food vendors, farmers markets, chef demos, and films.  Plus two stages with national and local roots musicians, a beer garden and kids stuff, too!


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September 11-15, 2011
Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Professional food writers and editors only, limited to 90 attendees. Speakers and participants remain over the days, allowing ultimate interaction among authors of food and cookbooks, recipe developers, ghost writers, journalists and bloggers, as well as major magazine writers, newspaper food editors, renowned cookbook authors, literary agents, publishers, writing and other coaches and more.



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August 7, 2010  Brew HA HA - Morgantown, West Virginia
A one-of-a-kind event that brings together comedians, food and beer. "Last Comic Standing" and beer sampling.



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August 8, 2009  12th Mountain Brewer Open Homebrew Competition
Huntington, West Virginia
The Greater Huntington Homebrewers Association is proud to host the 2009 Mountain Brewer Open Homebrew Contest. GHHA BREWFEST will follow the homebrew contest.




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