If you love endless amounts of delicious food as much as we do, add these festivals to your calendar.

Summertime is great for many things — visiting the beach, hosting a cookout, or going camping. But one of the best things about the season is the abundance of food festivals, and Hampton Roads does not disappoint. Whether you’re in the market for seafood, barbecue or dessert, the local food scene has you covered.

Virginia Beach Ice Cream Festival

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and what better way to celebrate than at a festival dedicated to the tasty frozen treat? But the fun doesn’t stop at simply sampling an array of flavors. The festival will feature ice cream-themed activities that will leave all of us screaming for ice cream.

When: Saturday, July 14 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Francis Land House
Cost: Free

Crabfest

The summer isn’t complete without your fair share of seafood. Luckily, Crabfest is right around the corner with all-you-can-eat crab and fish. Just remember that the event is outside, and in case of inclement weather, the location will change. When purchasing tickets, provide your email and phone number for updates.

When: Saturday, July 14 | 1–4 p.m.
Where: Flame 3:2 Church
Cost: $15, online | $20, day of

Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival

Although this festival doesn’t technically fall into the seven cities that comprise Hampton Roads, we think it’s worth the short drive to Surry to enjoy all things pork. There are also displays of arts, crafts, and music, so it’s sure to be a day well-spent.

When: July 21–22 | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday | noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Chippokes Plantation State Park
Cost: $5 single entry | $10 entry of two or more | $25 small passenger buses | $50 motor coach buses

Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival

Picture this: You’re sipping on beer and bourbon while sampling endless barbecue. It’s the perfect day. To top it off, there will be live music and various contests attendees can enter to prove their booze and barbecue prowess. What more could you ask for?

When: Saturday, August 11 | 12–6 p.m. — VIP session | 2–6 p.m. regular session
Where: Hunt Club Farm
Cost: Prices and packages vary; visit website for more ticket information

Which festival are you most looking forward to? Let us know below!

You can also head up to Occoquan for the Lemonade Stroll! Learn more here!

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