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VirginiaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

A Virginia cooking vacation will prove that there's a lot more to Virginia Cuisine than peanuts. On the Eastern Shore, the variety of succulent seafood, tasty oysters, clams, flounder, and crab will please the culinary traveler.  Northern Virginia feeds a demand for gourmet products and upscale produce, including culinary herbs and shiitake mushrooms. When exploring central and southern Virginia, as well as the Blue Ridge highlands and Appalachia, foodies will find comfort in foods such as Brunswick stew, fried chicken, black-eyed peas, accompanied by cornbread, biscuits, and slaw. Virginia has become known for its vineyards and wineries, gaining the respect of wine critics at home and abroad. Virginia's rich history ties distinctively with the cuisine, which continues to evolve and develop today.

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Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to Virginia

A Savory Indulgence - Jefferson Style
Southern Hospitality, Old World elegance and refinement await you at The Clifton Inn as you discover the best dining and attentive personalized service in an area rich with history and all the treasures of nature, in the heart of Charlottesville. Tour Monticello, the many vineyards in the area, or stay close and enjoy cooking and eating at your own Inn.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Chef For A Day Culinary Getaway!
Join an Innkeeper and Chef for a behind-the-scenes look into a kitchen’s daily operations. See what it takes to operate a small Inn, and become "Chef For A Day" after spending time to learn professional techniques in your earlier cooking class. Are you up for the challenge?
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Stanardsville, Virginia
Old Town Alexandria Culinary Getaway
Old Town Alexandria is located approximately 6 miles south of downtown Washington, DC, and is the host city for this extraordinary culinary getaway. Chiefly known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants…Alexandria is also home to many talented chefs making their mark on the national culinary scene.
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Alexandria, Virginia
Williamsburg Food & Wine Retreat
With all the beauty, food, wine and culture Williamsburg has to offer, you can understand why it attracts people from all corners of the world. Whether you are a food and wine connoisseur, or just want to indulge in a sumptuous experience, this getaway will create delicious memories for years to come.
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Williamsburg, Virginia

— Virginia Cooking Schools —

2941 Restaurant
Falls Church 703-270-1500
All of our cooking classes include cooking demonstrations, written recipes, dinner with fine wine and a 2941 French baguette to take home. A highly entertaining evening for couples, friends or co-workers. From cooking novices to connoisseurs, everyone will enjoy this unique experience.
A Pinch of Thyme
Let Robyn Webb show you how to create naturally simple gourmet meals utilizing traditional culinary techniques. Robyn also shares her passion for European culture and healthy cooking through her tour company, A Pinch of Thyme Abroad.
Charlottesville Wine & Culinary
Charlottesville, 434-974-7444
Come learn, taste, and enjoy yourself in a relaxed environment. Upon arrival, you will be served a light appetizer to take the edge off your hunger. A light meal of all the savory preparations will be served along with a complimentary glass of wine.
Chef Martin E. Gravely
Glen Allen 804-869-0020
I offer classes spanning a wide variety of interesting cooking topics and techniques, all geared toward the budding home chef. Virtually all of my classes are hands-on in an effort to maximize the educational experience.
Classic Caterers and Rent-a-Chef
Floyd 1-877-226-1107 website »
Cooking Classes for families or friends and Team-Building Corporate functions; work collectively as teams bonding in a fun educational, setting. Often we cook a full dinner and then set down and share our creations with friends and family…what I call the “Supper Club”.
Culinaria Cooking School
Vienna (703) 865-7920 website »
Culinaria Cooking School brings together professional chefs and instructors to share their passion for the culinary arts. You can choose from preparing your own meal in our interactive participation kitchen or sitting back and relaxing with your friends, family, or colleagues in our demonstration kitchen. Private and Corporate events too!
Dinner is Served
Fairfax 703-323-6261
Enjoy Chef Cal, Executive Chef of “Dinner Is Served” Personal Chef Service, while he demonstrates preparing quick and easy meals. He has spent over thirty years in the travel and hospitality industry, from flying the friendly skies to running a country inn.
Fine Dining Solutions
Alexandria 703-869-1242
Discover your cuisine range, aspire to your quick preparation goals, unfold a road map to your individual taste preferences...Private cooking classes can anything you want them to be-all in the privacy of your home. Every class includes personalized menu development, recipes, shopping info, kitchen vocab, mise list & related articles.
Fit For A King
Yorktown 757-472-9142
Fit for a King serves James City County, York County, Hampton Roads, Richmond, VA and surrounding areas. We would love to help you make that special event even more spectacular.
Roanoke 540-776-3693
Foodies classes are designed to be both entertaining and informative for cooks of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are an experienced cook or just getting started in the kitchen, we can help you improve your skills or overcome your fears.
Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School
Leesburg 703 771 3056
We look forward to seeing you at Glenfiddich Farm, so bring along your appetite and curiosity and pick up ideas for whipping together some interesting, elegant and easy meals for family and friends.
Italian Insights
Vienna 703-938-0822
Enjoy a three-hour lunch or dinner with your friends in your own home while learning about Italy, cooking, and most important…eating a delicious and simple Italian meal that you can always recreate for your loved ones!
Lebanese Taverna Café
Arlington 703-841-1562
Lebanese Taverna holds public and private cooking classes. A great idea to celebrate a special occasion, a team building experience or group activity. Whether you are a recreational chef or a beginner, join in on the fun and learn our trade secrets!
Mancini's Café & Bakery
Alexandria 703-838-3663
Mancini’s schedules special events at the café. We offer cooking classes, themed parties, such as our very popular Italian Sunday Night Dinner, where I prepare recipes from the old Brooklyn neighborhood, and guests enjoy this food while meeting new friends.
Market Salamander
Middleburg 540-687-8011
We offer demonstration-style cooking classes with celebrity and local chefs. Improve your skills and impress your friends! Learn how to create dazzling canapés, appetizers and main courses from our talented chefs. It's a great evening adventure that includes a gourmet meal prepared before you.
Simply Delicious Indian
Leesburg 304-433-1930
Learn to cook authentic Indian cuisine in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. You will create and sample delicious Indian dishes under the instruction of a private cooking instructor. Great for team building, birthday parties, or a couple’s night out!
Sur la Table
Arlington 703-414-3580
Sur La Table's cooking programs provide the opportunity for you to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. Instructors include each region's best known as well as internationally renowned chefs willing to share their secrets.
Thai Basil Restaurant
Chantilly 703-478-3666
At the Thai Basil Restaurant, Chef-Owner Nongkran Daks offers classes for those who wish to make authentic Thai dishes right in their own home. Courses consist of three hands-on sessions with each class session concluding with a dinner consisting of the dishes learned.
Time To Cook
Irvington 804-438-6691
Cooking classes can be geared to any level and /or any cooking style from Italian to the essentials of Crock-Pot cookery. Join Chef Hatley for a daytime or evening class, and start learning your way around the kitchen like a pro.
Young Chefs Academy
Richmond 804-360-9797
Young Chefs Academy is a cooking school created just for children ages 3 to 14. We offer weekly classes, birthday parties, field trips, camps and other cooking-themed events. The unique sessions are designed to help children build life-enriching skills and experience the thrill of discovering, creating and tasting new foods.

Taste What's Happening!

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
10/2/2015 - 10/4/2015
Sip wine while taking a candlelit tour of the Mansion, including the rarely-open wine cellar, Enjoy live blues overlooking the scenic Potomac River.

Orange County Farrners Market

10/3/2015 - 10/31/2015
Offers fresh produce, herbs, plants, crafts, and baked goods from local vendors Every Saturday.

Suffolk Peanut Festival

10/8/2015 - 10/11/2015
Honors the city's agricultural heritage and devotion to peanuts, our favorite legumes

Hands & Harvest Festival

10/9/2015 - 10/11/2015
The event features an arts and crafts show & farmers' market.

Taste of Brunswick Festival & Cook-Off

Arts and crafts, huge car show, antique tractor show, live Bluegrass bands, World Championship Brunswick Stew cook-off

Yorktown Fall Festival

In addition to the usual array of fresh produce, meat and seafood, indulge in baked goods, coffee, flowers, art and entertainment,

Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

10/10/2015 - 10/11/2015
Food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts, and GARLIC!

Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS...on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, and more,


An annual event designed to give YOU a lip lickin', banjo pickin', wine sippin' good time!

Virginia Czech & Slovak Folklife Festival

Prince George
Czech & Slovak churches will sell traditional food, such as “kolache” and Czech and Slovak beer will also be available for purchase.

Apple Tasting

Explore the essence of the apple. Learn the history & culture of 19th Century apple varieties. Taste, savor, and rate each apple.

Powhatan’s Festival of the Grape

Wine tastings, wine by the glass and bottle purchases. Plus: live entertainment and a great selection of delicious, regional foods.

Urbanna Oyster Festival

11/6/2015 - 11/7/2015
Food - Arts & Crafts - Parade - Waterfront Educational Activities - Entertainment - Oyster Shucking Contest

Orange County Farrners Market

11/7/2015 - 11/28/2015
Offers fresh produce, herbs, plants, crafts, and baked goods from local vendors. Every Saturday.

Vinegar Making Workshop

Discover the rich traditions of using vinegar in cooking, as a food preservative, and even as a wholesome beverage.

Cooking Unusual Vegetables

Learn to cook curiosities like sea kale, cardoon, Caracalla bean flowers; Florence fennel, fava beans, and crowder peas.

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia

11/26/2015 - 11/28/2015
Discover how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians.

Virginia Wine Expo

2/17/2016 - 2/21/2016
Virginia’s premier wine event, exclusively featuring Virginia wine.

Beaverdam Wine Festival

Features local wineries, food, vendors and live music.

Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest

Enjoy wines, regional culinary delights and local crafts brews on the banks of the river in Smithfield, Virginia.
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