It’s hard to beat a spring weekend in Williamsburg, but when you add in a four-day festival complete with local food, wine, craft beer, music, art and entertainment, there’s just no better way to spend a long weekend in the Colonial Capital.
Scrumptious Weekend, a brand-new festival taking place in downtown Williamsburg April 25-28th will truly have something for everyone. From family friendly events to one-of-a-kind tastings featuring collaborations from the town’s newest addition of culinary geniuses, the festival aims to fuse existing events with fresh ideas to create a festival weekend like no other.
CultureFix, a local non-profit founded by Steve Rose and Jenn Raines, is spearheading the weekend of food and fun. Originally from England, Rose is a big fan of the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” so much so that the song from the movie – “Truly Scrumptious” – is the inspiration behind the event’s theme (so don’t be surprised if you hear it played at some point during the weekend).
Rose, a local businessman and owner of Williamsburg Event Rentals, is widely known throughout the community for putting on an array of large-scale events. “I have been doing events for so long, it has to be a pretty big event for it to be a challenge for me,” says Rose. “So instead of just doing a single event, I decided to work all of these different events into one long weekend under one umbrella. We’re taking existing events, adding new ones, and putting them all together to make one festival of non-stop food and fun.”
Scrumptious Weekend will kick off under a massive tent at 401 N. Boundary St. Thursday evening with live music from Slapnation Band, beer, wine and food trucks. While it’s typical for a big event like Scrumptious to kick off with a special dinner for dignitaries, Rose decided to flip the script and do the opposite by planning a big event for the general public. Oh, and did I mention that it is free? Grab a lawn chair and your phone (for selfies and other photos) and dance the night away under the big tent. Post your photos using #ScrumptiousWilliamsburg and you just might see your photo on the big screens. Also, look out for upcoming details on a Tapas Crawl at Riverwalk in Yorktown.
Friday evening, Scrumptious will host a local favorite, Foodapalooza: A Festival of Taste, which will feature tastings from some of the most well-known chefs in town as well as wine, and music by Good Shot Judy. Later in the evening, you can head over to Culture Café around 9:30pm for another special event featuring special Scrumptious-themed cocktails and desserts.
You better go ahead and block off your calendar for the entire weekend, because once the Saturday rolls around Scrumptious is only getting started. Saturday’s daytime event, titled Truly Scrumptious will be another tasting extravaganza that will feature local staples in the form of wine and oyster corrals and a vendor village where you can find all things local and cooking-related. Running concurrently on DOG Street will be the Scrumptious edition of the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market, complete with samplings and other giveaways. You can also take a drive down the scenic Colonial Parkway for the Pirates Invade Yorktown event.
You’re going to want to pace yourself during the day, because Saturday night will feature a brand-new event titled Young and Hungry that is the hot ticket of the weekend. Andrew Voss, owner of Amber Ox Public House, teamed up with Rose to bring this unique tasting opportunity to town. The event will feature collaborations from Williamsburg’s up-and-coming chefs. It will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for locals and visitors alike to sample cuisine created by the town’s favorite food truck chef, local BBQ chef, pastry chef and executive chef at the Williamsburg Inn, among others.
Young and Hungry will feature a six-course small-plate dinner. Each dish will be designed by a single chef, but all of the participating chefs will work together on cooking and plating each dish. But wait, it gets better: each dish will be paired with a local beer, wine or mead, and the DJ will match the music to each course. Young and Hungry also serves as a unique opportunity to get to know Williamsburg’s new chefs, as they will introduce themselves and discuss their dishes with the crowd.
“There are already some phenomenal food events happening during the festival, but Young and Hungry gives us the opportunity to celebrate the young, progressive chefs in town,” says Voss. “We have some talented chefs in our area and this event is geared towards foodies looking to explore fun and interesting food in a cool, collaborative environment.”
Young and Hungry will take place from 7:30-11pm on Saturday. Tickets are available online.
“There’s a lot of positivity and energy coming to Williamsburg and this event lets us show off our community and our little town, and allows us to stimulate other chefs to come in to town and see Williamsburg as the food mecca it is on its way to becoming,” says Voss.
As the weekend draws to an end, there’s still plenty to do and see on Sunday. The 56th Annual Art on the Square will take place downtown from 10am-5pm and the Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will be from 12pm-5pm.
If you’re local or live nearby, load the family in the car or call up a friend and head down to the historic area for a weekend of food and fun. Coming from out of town? Scrumptious Weekend offers the perfect opportunity to see what Williamsburg is all about – good food and great times in an awesome community.
For more information about Scrumptious Weekend and to purchase tickets, visit the event website: https://www.scrumptiouswilliamsburg.com/
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