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February 10, 2014

~February and March calendar includes events celebrating wine, chili and maple syrup~

Contact: Sarah Pennington, 804.786.1904

Virginians love food—growing it, cooking it, eating it and celebrating it. Even in the chilly months of winter, there are a variety of food festivals and events that celebrate local flavors. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) provides a month-by-month online listing of food festivals, feasts and other festive occasions taking place across the Commonwealthl.

In February, Virginia wine is the highlight of many events across the state. The Historic Staunton Foundation’s fourth-annual Winter Wine Festival takes place on February 22. And the seventh-annual Virginia Wine Expo includes 35 different events between February 18 and 23 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and nearby venues.

In the New River Valley, Virginians can celebrate National Chili Day with the Blacksburg Restaurants’ Chili Crawl on February 27. The event and chili samples begin at the Blacksburg Library at 12 noon.

A highlight of the March calendar is the 56th annual Highland Maple Festival, which celebrates the Highland County tradition of maple syrup-making on March 8-9 and March 15-16. Designated a “Local Legacy” by The Library of Congress, thousands of visitors are drawn to this rural region of Virginia each year to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and observe the process of maple syrup-making

Virginia’s agricultural bounty is widely varied, as are the festivals to celebrate it. This is only a sampling of tastes on the calendar for 2014.  Click here to check out the entire list of food festivals online.

If an organization has a 2014 Virginia food festival or event, VDACS would like to help promote it. Please send the details to There is no charge for the listing.

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