For those who think Virginia only offers peanuts and ham, we’ve got news for you. Over the last few years, Chesapeake has become a top foodie destination, preparing five-star dishes from awesome appetizers to delectable desserts, and, of course, multiple kinds of crave-worthy crab. And, for those lucky enough to be in town during one of the many food festivals, you’ll have the opportunity to try some of these delicious creations and celebrate with the locals.
Menus, Markets, and Merriment
For the ultimate in food and fun, head to Chesapeake in October for The Great American Food Fest. At this annual party, enjoy plates of succulent ribs, forkfuls of hush puppies, and bowls of classic clam chowder. There will also be plenty of live entertainment, and children under 12 are free.
Prix fixe menus are the ideal way to experience all the sweet, savory, and totally satisfying options that Chesapeake has to offer. Luckily, each fall brings Restaurant Week, which is the perfect way to sample many of the culinary experiences you’ve been dying to try. Enjoy gourmet steaks, scrumptious sushi, and even pizza at this yearly week-long celebration of all things edible.
And, for those who feel like cooking for themselves, head over to the Chesapeake Farmers’ Market at Chesapeake City Park on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from early June until right around Thanksgiving. Here, you’re sure to find the best fruits, veggies, eggs, herbs, farm-fresh meats, and local honey that Chesapeake has to offer.
Drinks While You Dine
Wine enthusiasts gather each October at the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival. Here, you can sip your way from cabernets to zinfandels, trying bites of delicious local treats as you drift from tent to tent.
Or, for those who prefer a pint of beer over a glass of vino to pair with their meal, there’s always the Tap Tap Craft Beer Festival in August. With food trucks galore, live music, and over 30 beers on tap, it’s a true beer-lovers paradise.
For foodies in search of a great time and terrific seafood, make sure to check out the Oyster & South Festival. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving at historic Greenbrier Farms, guests will be offered a bountiful selection of seafood at this Southern-style cookout. Dance to live music, shoot oysters, and play a round or two of corn hole, all while feeling good, knowing that much of the proceeds of this event go to help local charities.
And, if you’re in the region in July, make sure to stop by Chesapeake’s Blue Crab Festival with all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, BBQ pork, and beverages.