active: tastings around town, Williamsburg VA

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Summertime is so much fun here in Williamsburg. The longer I live here the more I realize just how Williamsburg truly is the culinary capital of Virginia.  Running through June 28th is Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival with tastings from various countries around the world.  If you can’t make it this year, be sure to put it on your Summer Food Bucket List for next year.

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We’ve been able to taste recipes from France, above, and at the top of the page a Lettuce Wrap from Asia, as well as many not pictured- we made little piggies of ourselves.  Each sampling is a small-plate sized serving ranging in price from $3-$8. Beer and wine is offered along with Beer or Wine Flights.  Grab a booklet and wander the park from kiosk to kiosk, country to country, for some of the best gumbo, schnitzel, or cannoli.

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We felt Busch did a great job this year by incorporating interesting art pieces, actors portraying each country represented, music, plants, and decor. They also had food artists designing chocolate sculptures, sugar artists, ice sculptures, with most of them recognizable from the Food Network.  We look forward to see what countries they add next year. India, pretty please!

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We really dig our little, well, really not so little Farmer’s Market, held each Saturday in Merchants Square from 8 until noon.  We like to stroll with our fresh coffee and pastries, while picking up meat, fruit, and an abundance of veggies. I keep forgetting to bring my knives to have sharpened!  The music is always fun, and the Chef’s tent always has some fascinating dish shared by a local chef or artisan cheese maker. If you are visiting as a tourist of history or Busch Gardens, be sure to stop by the market for breakfast, music, and of course dog petting- so many pups here at the market.

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A real big deal here in town is our BIG, HUGE,  Whistle Belly Beer & More Festival on August 2nd hosted by the DoG St Pub and the JWC of Williamsburg.  Himself and I will be there that day volunteering and helping the Pub serve up over 80 different beers.  Woo!  The DoG always puts on fantastic events with top beers and delicious food pairings.  This event runs 12:30-5pm in Merchants Square for $50 per person for all you can eat and drink.  I hope you are there that weekend, pop in and say hi to me!

If you would like to know more about Summer Food Bucket List events in your area, take a peek at Eventbrite.  I recently just found out about Eventbrite to find events in my area. Eventbrite is this really cool technology site that allows adventurers like you to find events going on in your local city or town, and they also have a section where you can set up and sell tickets to events. Great for all the savvy event organizers out there or event participants like me!

If you find yourself in the ‘Burg, check out our events. See you there!

4 Comments

  1. Posted June 24, 2015 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    We really need to get up to Williamsburg – so many places, so little time.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 24, 2015 at 7:33 PM | Permalink

      If you do, let me know! So much to see and do here.

  2. Posted June 26, 2015 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    I am coming to Virginia! My Aunt had to sell the house at Smith Mountain Lake – after my uncle passed away, it was just too big a property to maintain. She now has a river house in Tappahannock – I am actually meeting up with another blog friend who lives in Norfolk, and we agreed to meet Monday in Williamsburg as that’s our half way point – any suggestions on where to eat for lunch? Do you want to meet up with us? I know it’s short notice, but this morning coming to work I thought “Robin Sue lives there now!”

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

      Yes!!! Can’t wait to see you. 🙂

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