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Williamsburg Taste Festival brings area's culinary scene into focus

jojacobs@vagazette.com

The Historic Triangle is more than colonial re-enactors and roller coasters. The area has a vibrant food and beverage culture, something that will be highlighted with the inaugural Williamsburg Taste Festival.

A revamp of the Harvest Festival, the Williamsburg Taste Festival provides myriad avenues to experience everything the area’s restaurants have to offer.

“It’s to really elevate awareness of our food and beverage scene,” said Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, which is holding the event. “Those are things not talked about a lot.”

The event’s epicenter is in downtown Williamsburg, where the area around the Stryker Center will transform into the Culinary Village featuring a variety of food and brew samples from regional vendors as well as a children’s play area. Several other main festival events will take place in the area as well.

“You can taste and sip your way through the village,” Riordan said.

Beyond the village, restaurants, wineries and breweries across the Historic Triangle, including Billsburg Brewery and The Hound’s Tale, will hold special private events as part of the festival.

Also on tap are Beer U and Sunday Brunch, events where festival-goers can listen to a panel of local brewers discuss their craft and enjoy brunch created by five of the state’s top chefs.

The event seeks to attract locals and foodies alike with a range of price points and experiences, Riordan said.

“We want people to think of us in terms of our food and beverages,” she said.

Williamsburg Taste Festival

When: April 19-22.

Where: The Culinary Village, Sunday Brunch and Beer U will be located at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St. Other events take place at various locations.

Cost: Various, depending on event. To buy tickets, visit ://williamsburgtastefestival.brownpapertickets.com/.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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