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Hampton Roads Food and Drink Festivals

Published: May 13, 2010

Every year, Hampton Roads Va has a wide range of food and drink festivals. These include indoor and outdoor venues, covering subjects such as wines, produce, seafood and other foods and drinks.

Hampton Roads Wine and Beer Festivals

The Virginia Wine Festival is one of the most popular food and drink festivals. The annual event is held along the banks of the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The festival has music, gourmet foods, specialty wares, and samplings from Virginia wine-makers. Wineries from across the state exhibit chardonnays, merlots, cabernets and other fine wines. Spirits presented during the festival are available for purchase by the bottle or the case.

The Chesapeake Wine Festival showcases wines from around the world as well as by Virginia Wineries. In addition to tastings, several wine seminars are offered during the festival.

The Summer Celebration Wine Festival provides live music, entertainment, wine tastings, unique vendors and historical interpretation in a one-day show. The event is held in Newport News on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion.

The Virginia Beer Festival celebrates the fine art of beer making. The event features live music, food, and beers from Europe and America. The Virginia Beer Festival is held in the Town Point Park at Norfolk's Waterside.

Hampton Roads Food and Harvest Festivals

Every year the Pungo Strawberry Festival is held in Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend. Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat, but also a pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, continuous entertainment on three stages, a parade, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, livestock show and sale, military display, pig races, youth art show and arts and crafts. For more information, visit www.pungostrawberryfestival.info

The Suffolk Peanut Fest offers concerts, amusement rides, contests and competitions, a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull, motorcycle rally, fireworks, as well as local and national entertainment. The event has been featured in numerous magazines, including Virginia Business, Southern Living, The Southern Farmers Almanac, Best Festivals-Mid Atlantic and others.

The Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival is Norfolk's annual New Orleans' and Bayou culture festival. This 3-day summer festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors to Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style.

The Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife is held annually in Newport News Park. This is Hampton Roads' biggest traditional craft show. The event features over 200 vendors, crafts, trades, entertainment, foods and children's activities.

For more Hampton Roads Va festival information, see our events page.