Your Guide to Summer Eats

Summer is on the horizon. I don't know about you, but when I'm making plans, food is first on my mind. Among all the tropical vacations and weekend getaways to the mountains, don’t forget about all that’s going on around Coastal Virginia! Now's the time to start planning for your appetites. Coastal Virginia is chock-full of food-centered festivals and outdoor festivities. There’s three wine festivals this month, the annual strawberry festival next month, and endless beer festivals to boot. Wondering how you’re going to fit them all into your schedule? Plan ahead! Below I've done the dirty work for you by compiling a handy dandy guide to your summer eating and drinking...because that's what matters most right? You can thank me later.


11—At the 7th Annual East Coast She Crab Soup Classic taste over a dozen samples of she crab soup from local restaurants at the 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

17–The 3rd Annual Chesapeake Spring Wine Festival will pour from 10 Virginia wineries and regional breweries accompanied by nibbles in this event held at the Chesapeake Conference Center.

18—The Williamsburg Music & Wine Festival features eight Virginia wineries backed by the tunes of four bands at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge.

25—The 1st Annual Suffolk Wine Festival features Virginia vino and craft brews to sample while overlooking the beautiful James River.

26—Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will pour samples of 28 brews from 14 craft breweries from Virginia and around the country.


1–3—Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Wine Festival goes down at Fort Monroe pouring Virginia wine accompanied by a beer garden with local vendors and artists in this three day event.

2—47th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival celebrates local seafood on the Eastern Shore. At this all-you-can-eat event, expect clam fritters, raw oysters, and much more. Beer will be available for purchase.

2—Town Center Craft Beer Festival serves brews from 25 craft breweries local and from around the country held in the Town Center of Virginia Beach.

2—At the Blues, Brews, and BBQ on the River event, the tunes of blues will serenade the afternoon with brews and succulent BBQ in Yorktown.

2 and 3—The 9th Annual Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival features over 200 wines from over 20 of Virginia’s wineries accompanied by gourmet eats.

3—Sixteen craft brewers will be showcased as the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival at The Mariners’ Museum for an afternoon of tastings with local live music and free admission to the museum.

16 and 17—Sample over 125 beers at the 14th Annual Virginia Beer Festival at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk.

21—The Annual Sensible Seafood Fest at the Virginia Beach Aquarium fuels your appetite for seafood and your mind about the local sustainable food initiatives.

23 and 24—There’s no other place to be on Memorial Day weekend than at 32nd Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival where you can feast on strawberries in fifty different ways!

28–31—The Newport News Greek Festival celebrates Greek culture with delicious Greek fare.


13—The Annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival held at the gorgeous Lee Hall Mansion pours fine vintage vino from Virginia’s highlighted wineries.

19–21—The 26th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival brings the authentic creole flavor of New Orleans to Downtown Norfolk at Town Point Park.

20—1st Annual Virginia Craft Beer Festival & Food Truck Rodeo pours brews from 10 Virginia craft breweries accompanied by local food trucks at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.


10—Head to the 5th Annual Summer Brewfest after work for a Friday evening of beer tasting of more than 36 brews in Downtown Norfolk.

10–12—My Big Fat Greek Party will serve Greek dishes and desserts alongside Greek music and festivities for the whole family at the 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

18 and 19—The 40th Annual Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival celebrates Surry’s standout foods including ham biscuits, peanut brittle and pork barbecue in the Chippokes Plantation State Park.

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