2013 WEST VIRGINIA 2013
FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS, SHOWS, LOCAL EVENTS
(See also: 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009)
February 14, 2013 Valentine's Day
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too many to list.
March 4-8, 2013 National School Breakfast Week 2013 - Nationwide
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme – this year it is School Breakfast--Go For The Gold.
March 16, 2013 Capitol Market Green Chili Shoot Out - Charleston, West Virginia
Sample green chili and cornbread and enjoy kids activities, live music, green beer and more. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society.
March 19, 2013 'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
National Ag Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
April 11-13, 2013 23rd 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 13, 2013 7th 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 20, 2013 75th 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 22, 2013 Earth Day - Worldwide
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify.
May 15-19, 2013 72nd 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 4, 2013 - 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 4-6, 2013 Mountain State Art & Craft Fair - Ripley, West Virginia
The 50th 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 26-28, 2013 31st 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 9-17, 2013 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 24, 2013 Taste of Appalachia - Buckley, West Virginia
Food vendors & free concerts; Part of the 17th Annual Appalachian Festival which also features arts & crafts, folk music and coal mine tours.
August 24, 2013 6th 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 24-25, 2013 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.
September 6-7, 2013 44th 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 6-8, 2013 Pickin' in the Panhandle - Hedgesville, West Virginia
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.
September 19-22, 2013 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 26-29, 2013 72nd 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 28, 2013 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 3-6, 2013 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 10-13, 2013 59th Annual West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
The 59th 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 17-20, 2013 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 28, 2013 Thanksgiving Day - Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list. (4th Thursday in November).