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January 31, 2013

Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

No matter your favorites – apples, peaches, shad, oysters, stew, chili, strawberries, blackberries, pork, peanuts, wine, chocolate, herbs, cheese or maple syrup - if Virginia grows or produces it, there’s a festival for it. At the Virginia Food Festivals section of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) website, you’ll find month-by-month listings of all of these festivals and many, many more.

The site has been updated for 2013 and it features events that go from February through the winter holidays. With so many Virginia foods represented, there is a special event to celebrate almost everyone’s favorite foods or their favorite places: A Taste of Culpeper, the Urbanna Oyster Roast, Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival, for example. Many events are seasonal: strawberries in May, blackberries in July and peaches in August.

September and October are two of the busiest months for food festivals with featured products such as apples, wine, pumpkins and oysters. Chili Cook-offs and harvest festivals abound, and this is prime time for those special extras like hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin cannons, cider-making and antique tractors. You can end the year at winter festivals and food/craft fairs before the fun starts all over again in 2014.

The food festivities are listed online by month. Each listing includes the date, location, contact information and a link to the event website, if available. VDACS advises festival-goers to call ahead for hours, directions, admission charges and other costs. We add new events regularly, so festival-goers should check back often.

If your organization has planned a Virginia food-oriented event that is not included, please send the details to Event listings are free.

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