Fall arts preview: Food festival time in Hampton Roads

Jonathan Black
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You won't have any trouble staying hungry this fall with 10 notable food and drink festivals scheduled for Hampton Roads.

Ribtoberfest & Southern Foodways

The fourth annual festival will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Norfolk's Town Point Park. At least eight barbecue restaurants — including Newport News' Smoke — and more than 35 brews will be at the festival. Tickets start at $20.

Genuine Bacon, Bourbon and Beach Music Fest

Smithfield will host the Genuine Bacon, Bourbon and Beach Music Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Windsor Castle Park. The event will feature tastings of small-batch bourbons, craft Virginia beers and bacon hot off the grill. Tickets are sold out with a few chalets, premium tables and sponsorships available. Visit smithfieldvabaconfest.com for details.

Suffolk Peanut Festival

The three-day peanut festival celebrates the city's agricultural heritage Oct. 6-8. The peanut festival, in its 39th year, features traditional fair activities like live music, amusement rides, contests, fireworks and plenty of food. The fair is at the Suffolk Executive Airport. Detailed ticket information can be found at suffolkpeanutfest.com.

Poquoson Seafood Festival

Thousands will take upon the city of Poquoson Oct. 14-16 for plenty of fresh seafood. The festival features live music on two stages and arts and crafts vendors. Go to poquosonseafoodfestival.com for more information.

Craft Beer Bash

The inaugural event will feature 10 breweries from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. Unlimited pours, a live band and food trucks will be offered at the bash. Tickets start at $35 with some proceeds going toward the Boys and Girls Club of Newport News. Attendees must be at least 21. More info: warmemorialbeerbash.eventbrite.com.

Fall Wine Festival

The 29th annual Fall Wine Festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15-16 at Town Point Park in Norfolk. More than 30 wineries will showcase their selections, along with food and live music. Tickets start at $25 for the 15th and $20 for the 16th.

Newport News Greek Festival

The fall edition of the festival will take place Oct. 20-22 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Get your fix of Greek food and beverages. More information can be found at newportnewsgreekfestival.org.

Pecan Festival

William and Mary's Richard Bland College will host the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29. The college is home to the largest and oldest pecan grove in Virginia with 1,000 trees. Live music, a pageant and a pecan pie bake off are scheduled for the day. More info: rbc.edu/2016-pecan-festival.

Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival

The first year of the event is slated for noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets are $10 and will give visitors access to grilled cheese samples handed out by competitors. Visitors will decide, through tipping, who the winner of the festival is. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia. Visit hrgcfest.com for more information.

Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast

Rappahannock oysters, fried seafood, chowder and sausages will be on the menu from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Virginia Living Museum. Mathews Lion Club and Waypoint Seafood & Grill will provide food. Tickets include two drink tickets for craft beer, wine or hard cider. The event is $50 in advance and $60 beginning Nov 7. Visit thevlm.org for more information.

Black can be reached by phone at 757-247-4607.

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