Upcoming Weekend Food and Wine Festivals in Northern Virginia This Summer and Fall
Harvest season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning which food and wine-themed festivals you’ll be attending this year. Whether you want to sample the region’s best culturally diverse cuisine or sample one of the 100 local wines without skipping vineyards, be sure to attend these food and wine festivals.
August 6 to 7 and August 13 to 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate peak peach picking season at Great Country Farms in Bluemont. Start the morning with a pancake breakfast (topped with peaches, of course) to set you up for an afternoon of fresh fruit picking. There will also be a peach pie tasting contest, peach pit spitting contest, peach cider at Henway Hard Cider, peach sangria at Bluemont Vineyard, Som’ Peach Ale at Dirt Farm Brewing , peach ice cream at Knead It Bakery and many more peach treats. Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont
August 13, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Spend an evening exploring all the flavors of Leesburg. Savor fan-favorite bites at local restaurants, food trucks, and farmers’ markets while sipping on something special at area breweries, wineries, cider houses, and meads. When you’ve had your fill (or not!), stroll the streets and jam to the beat of live music, or do some shopping. Admission to the event is free. Wristbands for unlimited beer, wine and cider tastings are available for purchase online. Market and King Streets, Downtown Leesburg
Wine and gastronomy festival
August 27, noon to 6 p.m.
Explore the world through wine at this summer festival in Centreville. Guests will have the chance to taste wines from Italy, Spain, France and California, as well as local Virginia varietals. There will also be a special area serving local beers and craft spirits. A “tasting theatre” will offer wine and food seminars, free with admission. Tickets are $42 for general admission and $75 for VIP, which includes early entry to the event and a special Champagne lounge. Bull Run Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centerville
Around the World Culture Food Festival
August 27, 11am-7pm
Spend an afternoon on the waterfront of Alexandria tasting national dishes from around the world. With only one restaurant selected to participate per country represented, the festival will offer attendees the best of the best from every nation, from Peru and Jamaica to Italy, Turkey, Japan and Lebanon – among many more. In addition to varied food, the free event will feature a folklore show featuring singers and dancers from around the world, as well as shopping from artisans and craftsmen around the world. Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Old Town Alexandria
LoCo Music Festival
September 4, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s a meeting place for a good cause. This all-day jam festival raises funds for talented Loudoun County musicians to purchase equipment that will help them further their careers. More than 25 musicians are programmed. Sample local wine from host 868 Estate Vineyards, as well as beer and food. Tickets are $20. Children under 16 enjoy free entry but still need a ticket. 868 Estate Vineyards, 14001 Harpers Ferry Rd., Hillsboro
Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival
Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year’s event has a little something for everyone, with over 150 vendors, but the star of the show is the chili cuisine. Arrive early to sample as many chili recipes as possible, then vote for your favorite. Or consider entering the contest yourself. (There is no entrance fee.) The festival is free and will also have two stages with music and entertainment, as well as activities for the family. Stonebridge Town Center, 15201 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge
Groups, beers and barbecue
Bands, Brews & Barbecue will return to Historic Manassas for its 11th year. The event will feature live music from area bands, drinks from local breweries and distilleries, and plenty of mouth-watering barbecues. Talented pitmasters will also compete in a heated barbecue competition – so come hungry. Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas
Virginia Wine Festival
Oct. 1–2, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Vendors will serve more than 100 Virginia wines from the state’s top wineries, shuck fresh Chesapeake oysters at the VA Oyster Pavilion, and serve an eclectic mix of food truck fare. Tickets are $39 for general admission or $69 for VIP, which includes early event entry, select reserve wine tastings, and a private tent area. Un Loudoun, 44600 Freetown Blvd., Ashburn
Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour
October 7 to 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening on the East Lawn of the historic George Washington Estate tasting wines from Virginia producers. Mount Vernon Inn concessions will also be available for purchase. If you’ve never seen the mansion, take the opportunity to visit the first and second floors and the cellar after hours (and away from tourists). Daily ticket prices range from $43-$53 for members and $53-$63 or non-members. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon
Whiskey, wine and fire DC Metro
Oct. 8, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Awaken your senses at this alfresco celebration of whisky, wine and wood-fired barbecue. There will also be food trucks, s’mores, live music, fire eaters (yes, fire eaters), shopping, and educational seminars. Each guest receives a souvenir glass to enjoy an “all you can eat” sample of whiskey and wine. Tickets are $59 for general admission or $89 for VIP, which is limited to the first 400 guests but includes early entry, free appetizers, a bottle of wine and a special seating lounge. Bull Run Special Events Center, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centerville
Loudoun Veg Fest
Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is 100% vegan and free to the public. Whether you already have a vegan lifestyle or want to learn how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your daily routine, Loudoun Veg Fest is for you. The day-long festival will feature food vendors, live music, exhibitors and speakers discussing eco-friendly topics such as food, animal welfare and the environment. Hillsboro Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pk., Purcellville
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