2018 WEST VIRGINIA 2018
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, LOCAL EVENTS
(See also: 2019 - 2017 - 2015 - 2014)
February 17-24, 2018
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 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
March 20, 2018
'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture
March 24, 2018 Capitol Market Green Chili Shoot Out
Charleston, West Virginia
Green Chili Shoot Out & Fox Trot Walk
April 12-14, 2018 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 14, 2018 12th 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 21, 2018 - 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 12-20, 2018 - 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.
June 9, 2018 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 "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 27-29, 2018
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 2-4, 2018 22nd Annual 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 9-18, 2018 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.
September 7-8, 2018 49th 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 13-16, 2018 45th 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 27-30, 2018 77th 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 29, 2018 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 4-7, 2018 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. Attendance: 50,000.
October 11-14, 2018 - 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 15-19, 2018
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.
October 18-21, 2018 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.
November 3, 2018
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 22, 2018
There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.
December 10, 2018 - 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