Capital Region Cuisine: Top Food Festivals & Events

From apples, peanuts and pork to seafood, beer and wine, there's food to please every taste in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia!

Maryland crabs
Seafood lovers won't want to miss the Seafood-Feast-I-Val in Cambridge, Maryland
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in Poplar Forest, VA
Wine festivals abound across the Capital Region
Savor Craft Beer Festival
Savor craft beer festival, Washington, DC
Maryland crabs
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in Poplar Forest, VA
Savor Craft Beer Festival

Washington, DC food events

The annual Taste of Georgetown showcases the spectacular cuisine of dozens of Washington, DC's finest restaurants, highlighting Georgetown's culinary personalities and featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings and live music.

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience is a must-attend for beer lovers and foodies alike. Attendees will enjoy craft beers from small, independent and traditional craft brewers who will personally pair their offerings with sweet and savory appetizers.

 

Maryland food events

The Seafood Feast-I-Val is held annually at Governor's Hall at Sailwinds Park in historic Cambridge. Enjoy live entertainment, craft sales, door prizes and Chesapeake Bay cuisine, including steamed Maryland Blue Crabs, crab soup, fried clams and fish, BBQ, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, tomatoes and watermelon.

The St. Mary's County Oyster Festival is held annually on the third weekend in October. Festival events include a national oyster-shucking contest, oyster cook-off and live entertainment. Feast on oysters and other delicious seafood all day!

Spend a crisp autumn afternoon at Boordy Vineyards enjoying award-winning wines, scrumptious seasonal soups and handcrafted organic breads during Soups in the Cellar, taking place every Sunday in November. Soups include Cream of Maryland Crab and Corn Chowder, Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque, Chicken Fajita, Tomato Cheddar Bisque and Black Bean & Applewood Bacon.

 

Virginia food events

The Rotary Club of Winchester’s Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates the harvest of what was once the livelihood of most people in Winchester: apples! The Virginia State Apple Butter Making Championship and the regional apple-pie baking contest will decide who makes this year's best apple butter and pie.

The second full weekend in October, a small winery in Amherst County hosts the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival which embraces food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic! There are five stages with music and entertainment, including contests for garlic cooking and the annual Garlic King, Queen and Jr. Queen.

Every October, the City of Suffolk celebrates its peanut history with a four-day family-oriented Suffolk Peanut Festival. The popular event offers a wide range of activities including fireworks, a shrimp feast, demolition derby, peanut butter sculpture contest and carnival rides.

The Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia is the East Coast’s largest outdoor barbecue. Try all things pork – sausage, chops, ribs, chitterlings and feet. Spend the day "Gettin' Piggy With It" and find out why this is one of America's favourite festivals.

 

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