Culinary Tour

It’s only natural that Williamsburg’s rich historical significance be matched with an even richer selection of culinary opportunities. Follow this tour and get a taste.

This tour features seasonal opportunities (farmers’ markets), wine tastings, cooking classes/demonstrations and food history!

Day One

It’s only natural that Williamsburg’s rich historical significance be matched with an even richer selection of culinary opportunities.  Begin your mouthwatering getaway in the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg.  For Virginia’s finest homegrown products, pop into The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg and the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe, located right across the street.  Head into the heart of the Historic Area at Merchants Square.  This beautiful shopping destination boasts and amazing variety of foodstuff stores.  A fan of gourmet cheese, breads and fine wine?  If so, be sure to check out The Cheese Shop (a local favorite)!  In addition to al of the aforementioned culinary hot spots, Merchant Square boasts an amazing selection of general merchandise – from clothing and toys to jewelry and colonial mementos.

After a deliciously active morning at Merchants Square, head over to the Williamsburg Winery and allow yourself to be whisked away to what seems like another world.  Set in the backdrop of a quaint European inspired village, the Williamsburg Winery is Virginia’s largest, producing over 65,000 cases annually.  Enjoy a Reserve Wine Tasting where you will sample and compare a variety of locally produced wines as well as selected vintages from the Winery’s own special collection.  For your very own oenological keepsake or souvenir bottle of Williamsburg wine, visit the gift shop before you leave.

What’s better than a mid-afternoon dessert?  How about a mid-afternoon dessert to die for at the Trellis Restaurant?  This spot features contemporary American dining and is the winner of some of the most prestigious culinary awards!  In addition to its famous Death by Chocolate dessert, the trellis menu boasts other devilishly delicious desserts, including ever-changing pastry selections.

How can you go on a Williamsburg culinary getaway without eating at a colonial tavern? With that said, enjoy a hearty dinner at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern – a spot once frequented by George Washington himself!  Amidst strolling balladeers and musicians, you will enjoy a fine meal of fresh coastal seafood and good cheer.  The menu features tasty traditional fodder, including Pye of Oyster and Corn, Sherried Shrimp with Scallops and Lobster, Spoon Bread and Sweet Potato Muffins.  Salivating yet?  View the complete menu here.

After dinner, try working off some of those colonial calories with an evening Ghost Tour through historic Williamsburg!

Day Two

Begin your day at Yorktown Market Days at the River!  Local farmers, watermen, bakers and artisans come together to feature their various products at this seasonal event (fall and winter dates include September 13 & 17, October 11, November 15 and December 13).  walk along the beautiful Riverwalk Landing while sampling a wide selection of culinary goodies and gifts.  Vendors’ items include delicious spices, cookies, cheesecakes, peanuts, vegetables, sauces, flowers, candles, bath products and even homemade dog treats!

Have lunch at the Riverwalk Restaurant located right on the coast of the York River.  This restaurant features three different dining rooms, serving three different food groupings – seafood, meat and poultry – and offering three different dining experiences.  Take your pick!  Fresh seafood items include Pan-fried Crab Cakes and Lobster Quiche; for a different taste, try the Grilled Center Cut Pork Loin or a Shepherd’s Pie of Braised Beef Tips.

Yesterday, you enjoyed the old world charm of the Williamsburg Winery; today, prepare your taste buds for a hops-filled tour atWilliamsburg Alewerks – Williamsburg’s very own micro-brewery!  Go on a tour of the brewing facilities and receive a history lesson in the fine art of beer making.  The tour includes an imprinted glass keepsake and, of course, plenty of ale tastings!  Before you leave, visit the gift shop for Alewerks merchandise, beer and growlers.

For your last night in Williamsburg, delight in a very special evening at A Chef’s Kitchen!  It’s like watching a Food Network program – except without the cameras and here you get to taste the food!  You’ll be entertained and educated as you watch the cooks prepare an exquisite dinner for your right before your eyes!  In addition to the elaborate and intricate five-course meal, your experience includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne and paired wine selections.  A Chef’s Kitchen makes for an absolute perfect finishing touch to your Williamsburg culinary getaway!

Other Culinary Options

  • Merchants Square Farmers’ Market – Do the Yorktown Market dates not coincide with your planned getaway?  Try this farmer’s market, located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.  Visit the website for calendar information.
  • A Chef’s Kitchen Cooking Classes – Can’t get enough of A Chef’s Kitchen?  Check out its ever-changing cooking classes.  Themes, times and dates may vary, so please visit the website for details!
  • Restaurant Guide – Not enough variety?  Want more choices?  With so many flavors, spices and budgets to choose from, we highly encourage you to peruse our area Restaurant Guide!

For more information, contact Vivian Bunting, Consumer Sales Manager, Tourism.