Event Schedule for the Williamsburg Taste Festival

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See below for the current schedule of events for the 2018 Williamsburg Taste Festival. Be sure to click links for ticketing info. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Culinary Arts Kick-Off, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Gallery at the Stryker Building
Join us for this kick-off celebration for the 2018 Williamsburg Taste Festival and enjoy just a “taste” of what’s to come for the next three days!  Light hors d’oeuvres, paired with local craft beverages.   Be sure to make your reservation for one of our delicious Thursday Night Out and Abouts following this event. (Please note, this event is only open to All Festival Pass holders.)

Thursday Night Out and Abouts

Our Out and About events are your chance to enjoy a special evening with our local celebrity chefs who are putting together menus that will create an evening of culinary exploration that you won’t forget!  

La Tienda, 7 pm | Website  | 757-253-1925
Discover the flavors of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville at the La Tienda Tapas Bar.  Feast on authentic dishes from Spain, each paired with an amazing Spanish wine.  Chef Ika Zaken is constantly innovating using fresh local ingredients and delicacies from Spain, and is excited to offer a very special menu for you to enjoy. 

The Hound's Tale, 7 pm | Website | 757-221-6678
Become a part of the Hound Pack at our new corner patio.  Located on North Boundary Street and Prince George Street, the Hound’s Tale will be hosting a night of street foods from around the world.  No need to travel far, our culinary team has evoked the flavors from exotic lands to take your mouth on a trip around the world.  Taste of several different cultural fares while enjoying a fun twist on cocktails or enjoy a selection of our beers and wines.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Night: Street Beats, 5:30 - 9:30 pm

At the Williamsburg Community Building ( 401 N. Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185), Fountain Tent area
It's Friday night and time to relax and celebrate some of our extraordinary local music and food. Tickets include live music, yard games and lots of fun. We'll also have food and drinks available for purchase at our cash bars and food trucks, plus a giant paella made fresh by the chefs from La Tienda.  This event will feature a light and fun atmosphere for the entire family and the perfect way to wind down your work week! This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.

College students must present a valid school ID to receive the discount. 

Food Trucks:
Prost: Classic German Fare
VA Blue Crab Co: Fresh Local Seafood
Jabellz: Latin & Caribbean Cuisine

Food Tables:
La Tienda: Paella
Old City BBQ: Barbecue
Get Together Vintage Popcorn & Cotton Candy: Popcorn and Cotton Candy
Retro’s: Burgers, Hot Dogs



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Culinary Village, 10:30 am - 5 pm

Culinary Village – Main Tent, Williamsburg Community Building
The Williamsburg Taste Festival Culinary Village is the heart of our food and craft beverage festival for the weekend.  Saturday will feature a variety of “tastes” of several types of cuisine as well as small samplings from regional vendors.  You’ll also have the opportunity to explore some of our best local craft beverages to compliment your Taste experience.  Chef demonstrations in the Williamsburg Community Building will let you see our celebrity chefs creating culinary delights in person!  And don’t forget the Kids Zone that will allow your kids to have some fun while you get serious about some amazing culinary creations! Cost is $55 for adults. 

Saturday Education Track - LECTURES, Williamsburg Stryker Building | 3 sessions
10:45am: Patrick Evans-Hylton (VA Eats & Drinks Magazine)
12:45pm: Bruce Vogt (Big Island Aquaculture Oysters)
2:45pm: Lisa Kellogg (VIMS)

Saturday Education Track - DEMOS, Williamsburg Community Building | 3 sessions
11:45am: Chef Steve Perkins (Waypoint Seafood & Grill)
1:45pm: Glenn Lavender (Silver Hand Meadery)
3:45pm: Chef Travis Brust (Williamsburg Inn)

Saturday Night Out & Abouts

Our Out and About events are your chance to enjoy a special evening with our local celebrity chefs who are putting together menus that will create an evening of culinary exploration that you won’t forget!  

Billsburg Brewery, 7 pm | Website
The Billsburg Brewery Food Truck Rodeo will feature 3 local favorite food trucks, Two Drummers Offbeat Eats, Black Pearl, and Karnage Asada.  The wide variety of food available can be paired nicely with any of the Billsburg Beers available exclusively on tap. Cost is $20.

Amber Ox Public House, 7 pm | Website | 757-790-2299
When inspiration hits, sometimes it’s with a mouthwatering plate of smoked beef brisket with spicy tomato chowchow and a mug of full-bodied craft beer. At least that’s how the idea for the Amber Ox came to us. We’ve been friends for decades, working and collaborating together in the restaurant industry, and we share a passion for great food and craft beer. We saw a need for a cool, creative, casual and approachable new eating and drinking establishment in Williamsburg, and we decided to meet it.

Saturday Night Late Night – Bourbon and Cigars, 9 - 11 pm

Fountain Trellis next to the Williamsburg Stryker Building
After a full day of shopping and tasting, kick back and relax with music by Sammy Lee, world class bourbon and whiskey and smooth cigars on the Fountain Lawn of the Stryker Building. Admission includes entry and 1 hosted drink, a custom rocks glass and 2 cigars. This event is age 21 and over. Ticketed Event - Cost is $45.


Sunday, April 22, 2018


Beer U, 2 pm

Fountain Trellis next to the Williamsburg Stryker Building
Panel discussion about all things beer moderated by Tom Davis of Local Voice/WYDaily. Panelists include Brewmasters from Alewerks, Billsburg, Brass Cannon, Precarious Beer Project and Virginia Beer Company. Ticket price includes 1 pint of beer plus beer and food pairing samples provided by Amber Ox. This is a rain or shine event. No refunds.


If you're interested in volunteering for any of these events, please click here for more info.