About the Williamsburg Taste Festival

The Williamsburg Taste Festival is a celebration of fresh, local food and craft beverages.

Greater Williamsburg is the birthplace of America and where the American food movement – first gardens, vineyards, free range, Chesapeake-to-table and even first brewed beer -- all started. This is the soil and water where Pocahontas and John Smith ate oysters and venison.  And the appetite for fresh and local foods and spirits has never stopped. It’s now evolving, morphing and adapting to the modern palate for today’s food enthusiast. 

That ancient oyster bed is still there serving up crustaceans and people are brewing more beer, mead and wine than ever before.  There are new discoveries, such as the African spices and cooking that almost immediately made its way into the British Colonial foods and are now found in America’s cuisine.   In many ways, Williamsburg is America’s kitchen.

The Williamsburg Taste Festival is serving up experiences that will whet everyone’s taste buds.  If this were a declaration, it would read like this:  We believe in food less traveled, harvested only when Nature decrees it to be so; We believe in regional, sustainable and all-natural ingredients (the world is not your oyster, so after you eat it, put that shell back into the river); We believe that in 1607 our forefathers and mothers depended on food to live another day; We are now blessed to look forward to every day and adventure with the hope of discovering new, authentic culinary moments of happiness.

Combine original culinary authenticity with Southern hospitality and you have the ingredients for an amazing series of events, all happening April 20 - 22, 2018.  The Williamsburg Taste Festival was founded in 2015 by Patrick Duffeler, Chairman of the Williamsburg Winery. It is supported by the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County, and managed by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.