Capital Region Cuisine: Top Food Festivals & Events

From apples, peanuts and barbecue to seafood, beer and wine, these food festivals serve up regional specialties from across Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia!

Annapolis, Maryland, crab, feast, festival
The Annapolis Crab Feast is known as the world's largest crab feast.
Annapolis, Maryland, crab, feast, 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.

Barbecue is an American food tradition with regions from around the US specializing in different meats, sauces, and cooking styles. Sample them all at The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle! This annual competition brings barbecue teams and restaurants from around the country to compete for cash and prizes plus the chance to win the title of National BBQ Champion. Festival attendees can sample barbecue and grilled foods, enjoy live music from three stages, explore interactive exhibits, and watch cooking demonstrations.

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

First hosted in 1945, the Annapolis Crab Feast is known to be the world’s largest crab feast. Hosted at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, this all-you-can-eat and drink event offers large and #1 male crabs plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbeque sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, watermelon, draft beer, and assorted sodas and water.

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.

Hanover Tomatoes are large tomatoes defined by the coastal, sand-rich soil of Hanover County, Virginia and are one of the most popular tomatoes in the state. So popular in fact, that an entire festival is dedicated to the tomato! The Hanover Tomato Festival features a Tomato Cookoff, samples of tomatoes prepared a variety of ways, a Best Dressed Tomato contest, live music, and a family fun area,

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.

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