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2023 Virginia - November & December 2023
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions

(see also: 2022  -  2019  -  2018  -  2017 )


November 3-4, 2023
66th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival - Urbanna, Virginia
On the first weekend in November, the small Town of Urbanna, Virginia closes down their streets for a weekend full of festivities, food, and fun, all to celebrate our favorite little mollusk, the Oyster!  The Urbanna Oyster Festival is the 2nd Oldest Oyster Festival in the world, and in 1988 was designated as the Official Oyster Festival of the Commonwealth!  Live Music, Delicious Food, Beautiful Waterfront, One-Of-A-Kind Fireman’s Parade, the Virginia State Oyster Shucking Competition, and SO MUCH MORE!  Attendance: 50,000.

November 4, 2023  SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
Enjoy a full-day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off.  Trophies will be awarded for "Best Chili," "People's Choice," and "Showmanship."  It'll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake.  Held lakeside at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, near the Hales Ford Bridge.

November 10-19, 2023  Virginia Cider Week - Various locations, Virginia
Virginia Cider Week started in 2012 when the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate passed House Joint Resolution 105 to designate the full week before Thanksgiving as Cider Week in Virginia.  Since then, Virginia cideries have celebrated Virginia Cider Week through festivals, tastings, pairing dinners, workshops and open houses at venues throughout the state. Virginia Cider Week is a great time to celebrate the growth and variety of the Virginia cider industry.

November 11, 2023  34th Annual Oyster Roast - Reedville, Virginia
Reedville Fishermen's Museum.  Important fund raiser, which supports the museum’s educational programming, features a menu of oysters – both cooked and raw-on-the-half-shell, bean soup, hot dogs, barbeque, clams, chicken wings, cheese, desserts, coffee and soft drinks. Beer and wine available for purchase. Music and dancing.

November 11, 2023  Shenandoah Uncorked - Quicksburg, Virginia
Shenandoah Caverns.  There will be 11-12 of Shenandoah Valley’s best wineries, cideries, and a meadery! Enjoy food from 3 awesome food trucks! Find fun gifts at the craft vendor tables! Wine tastings are $22 but admission into the building is free! Tickets are on sale now!

November 11, 2023  Annual Truffle Feast - Barboursville, Virginia
Barboursville Vineyards.  Enjoy a four course truffle feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Executive Chef Michael Clough, in cooperation with truffle forager and wild mushroom expert Dr. Jeff Long.

November 23, 2023 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today, they are to numerous to list.

November 24-25, 2023  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
At Jamestown Settlement, explore 17th-century culinary practices of Virginia during this three-day event. Visitors discover how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia's English colonists and Powhatan Indians.


December 2, 2023  Belle Grove Plantation Festive Christmas Tea
Middletown, Virginia
You are invited to high tea by the Belle Grove Christmas Tree! After lingering over tea and delectable treats, tour the Manor House decorated to the theme of “Holidays Around the World.” Tickets to this event would be a wonderful Christmas outing for a treasured family member or friend!

December 2, 2023  Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Holiday Marketplace
Norfolk, Virginia
This festive outdoor wonderland will feature unique and local crafters, a massive Yule Log bonfire, Christmas caroling with a take home carol book, and also a visit from the big-man himself, Santa Claus.  During the festivities, hot chocolate, ciders, seasonal craft beer, mulled wine and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Virginia Stage Associates.

December 10, 2023  Cocktails at Christmas - Middletown, Virginia
Belle Grove Plantation.  Join us for this festive cocktail party that has become an annual tradition. Each year we create a special cocktail featuring Copper Fox Distillery’s Belle Grove 1797 Whiskey.  The evening will also include holiday music and the opportunity to  tour the decorated Manor House lit by candlelight.  Tickets to this event would make an excellent holiday gift!

December 31, 2023  Last Night on the Town - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach's premier New Year's Eve event, Last Night on the Town!

2022 Virginia - November & December 2022
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

November 11-12, 2022 - Omni Homestead Epicurean Classic
Hot Springs, Virginia
Come for one event or stay for the whole weekend! Experience a luxury Virginia Wine getaway at the inaugural Homestead Epicurean Classic sponsored by Wine & Country. This premier two-day event features more than a dozen of the Commonwealth’s finest wineries. Virginia wines are an incredible blend of Old World and New World style wines. This thoughtfully curated weekend is an oenophile’s dream. Events include the exclusive 2022 Governor’s Cup Case Tasting, a winemaker’s dinner, master classes, Gold Medal Wine tasting, The Homestead Norton Cup Challenge and more.

November 12-13, 2022  The Virginia Gourd Show, Sale & Competition
Winchester, Virginia
This year the Virginia Lovers' Gourd Society partners with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to present gourd artisans, a gourd competition, and raw gourds for your own crafting purposes. Family, fun, and friendly spirits combine to celebrate the interesting history and artistic possibilities available to the gourd enthusiast.

December 3, 2022  Turner Ashby Young Farmers Association and FFA Chapter Farm Toy Show and Sale - Bridgewater, Virginia
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Turner Ashby High School, 800 N. Main Street. For more info call (540) 820-5067.

2019 Virginia - November & December 2019
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

November 9, 2019  7th Annual Richmond Cider Celebration
Richmond, Virginia
Dive into the cider renaissance with cider from VA cideries and local food from Richmond area chefs at Richmond’s historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market.Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door.  Each ticket includes: commemorative tasting glass, dual wine tote bag, access to educational workshops, live music and 10 cider tastings. Cider will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Under 21 may enter at no charge and purchase a la carte food and drinks.

December 7-8, 2019  Holiday Open House at Breaux
Purcellville, Virginia
Get in the holiday spirit and join us for our annual Holiday Open House here at Breaux Vineyards.  We will have wine tastings, live music, and our favorite craft vendors selling merchandise, wine specials, mulled wine and more!  A fun way to spend a weekend in December!

December 10, 2019 - 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.

December 31, 2019  Last Night on the Town - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Enjoy family entertainment and an array of performances by local and national recording artists.  Virginia Beach will once again celebrate the arrival of the New Year with a festive “Last Night on the Town” New Year’s Eve event, hosted by the Central Business District Association. Held on Dec. 31, the annual event will begin with a family-friendly celebration at Pembroke Mall, then continue with entertainment at The Town Center of Virginia Beach and culminate with a live performance by a national headliner.

2018 Virginia - November & December 2018
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

November 3, 2018  Beer on the Beach
Buckroe Beach, Hampton, Virginia
A Buckroe Beach Craft Beer Festival. Live entertainment.

2017 Virginia - November & December 2017
Local Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Exhibitions
events waiting for new dates

November 18, 2017  Breaux Vineyards Barrel Tasting
Purcellville, Virginia
Sample and discuss various Barrel Samples over brunch with our winemaker, Josh Gerard and Director of Education, Jennifer Breaux.  This event is educational, interactive and fun.  Delight in the company of others while our hospitality associates pour through 8 wines (6 of those barrel samples) as you journey through a delicious 3-course gourmet meal, finishing off with a delectable truffle.  Session is 90 minutes and is an exclusive reservation only event.

November 19, 2017 - Virginia Moonshine Festival - Richmond, Virginia
The VA Moonshine & Craft Spirits Festival has been CANCELED for this year as we work to rebuild the experience to be even better for 2018.



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