The Virginia Beach culinary experience isn’t just about the delicious food, it encompasses the entire dining experience. Be it your personal catch of the day prepared to perfection or an evening kayak paddle through Back Bay to make a dinner reservation, the beach life is your delectable tour guide to a culinary adventure like no other.
You wanted the freshest; well you’ve got the freshest. Seafood that is. Enjoy a day of world-class fishing on one of our many charter trips, then bring your catch to one of our Catch and Cook participating restaurants and they’ll cook it up any way you like it. From rockfish to tuna, cobia and everything in between, you catch it, they’ll cook it. This is one fishing story your friends will gladly believe.
Tour some of our area’s most renowned chocolate factories and take a dip into a world of deliciousness on Virginia Beach’s sweetest culinary adventure. At the Schakolad Chocolate Factory, get a taste of handmade, European-style chocolates as you venture around their internationally-acclaimed factory. For a dunk in some amazing fondue, The Royal Chocolate is as sweet as it gets. Choose from a variety of dipping ingredients like bananas, pretzels and pound cake, and immerse yourself in a world of chocolate.
We only want the fresh of the fresh, and this is a week dedicated to just that. Cool-season produce, meats and seafood are highlighted as a handful of restaurants in the Hampton Roads area work with the Hampton Roads chapter of Buy Fresh, Buy Local to celebrate the small family farmer and producer.
Happy hour, happy planet. Head to Croc’s 19th Street Bistro for a monthly mixer celebrating sustainability. Enjoy environmentally-friendly cocktails while mingling with locals and visitors who love the Earth. It’s a great way to try new drinks, meet new people and celebrate Virginia Beach’s favorite mother, Mother Nature.
pleasure house oyster farm tours
Oyster aficionados, curious travelers, foodies and water lovers alike can hop aboard the Pleasure House Oyster farm tour to cruise the waters of the Lynnhaven River, learn about the legendary Lynnhaven Oyster and slurp up a few succulent bivalves. Groups of up to six people can bring their own bottle of wine and enjoy their choice of a two-hour “Tasting Tour” or a four-hour “Waterman Tour,” which provides a truly hands-on oyster-farming experience.
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