When it comes to satisfying one’s palate, West Virginia has good taste!
The Mountain State’s farms, chefs and restaurants offer an outstanding array of devotedly cultivated local produce, fantastically creative dishes and skillfully crafted wine and spirits to satisfy the most experienced and discerning “foodies”.
A Locavore’s Heaven
Local bounty is front and center across the state, from restaurants where chefs explore inventive ways to showcase fabulous flavors – such as the “New Appalachian” cuisine dished up at Stonewall Resort’s Stillwaters – to take-home specialty products like Uncle Bunk’s award-winning homestyle pickles and luscious creamed honey from Kenco Farms.
You can get a first-hand country living experience at Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg, which offers pick-your-own fruits and vegetables and family-friendly events. City dwellers also get their share of farm-fresh goodness at places like Charleston’s Capitol Market and the seasonal Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace in Parkersburg.
Initiatives launched by The Farm2U Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia (wvfarm2u.org) have been instrumental in connecting chefs and consumers with the state’s best agri-culinary offerings. The website provides detailed information on finding everything from a roadside stand packed with corn and tomatoes to an eatery serving mouthwatering southern specialties with an Appalachian influence. The Cast Iron Cook-Off, one of the group’s signature events hosted at The Greenbrier, challenges chefs to put new spins on indigenous foods – while using traditional cookware.
Enticing Restaurants & Festivals
For those who embrace the culinary trend of wild foraging will find amazing abundance in West Virginia’s forests, from fiddleheads and morels to ramps and more. The Nature Wonder Wild Food Weekend, held each September at North Bend State Park since 1967, provides education on food gathering and a wild food potluck feast.
Our wonderful state has a restaurant suited to every taste – from vintage-meets-contemporary elegance at Lot 12 Public House in Berkeley Springs or Café Cimino Country Inn in Sutton to premium pizza at Pies & Pints in Charleston and Fayetteville. Or simply relax with a cocktail – and drink in the view – in the new Penthouse & Piano Bar high atop Huntington Prime or at the Fifth Floor Martini Bar in Clarksburg.
And while we take our taste buds seriously, we are also serious about having fun along with food. Festivals are a great way to become acquainted with the Mountain State’s regional fare.
While Richwood’s Feast of the Ramson celebrates this more pungent cousin of the leek, the flavors are sweeter at the Salem Apple Butter Festival. West Virginians love food and appreciate the opportunity to grow, prepare, eat and yes, celebrate nature’s table. From a variety of berries to potatoes and everything in between you will come away with delicious memories.
Artisan winemakers, craft brewers and master distillers welcome guests to raise a glass in the Mountain State! Whether out at a popular eatery or cooking and entertaining at home, there is a West Virginia wine or spirit to compliment the flavors in your favorite dish.
Boutique producers create an impressive selection of dry to sweet varietal grape and fruit wines, and many – including Potomac Highland Winery in Keyser, Lambert’s Winery in Weston, Watts Roost Vineyard in the Greenbrier Valley and Stone Road Vineyard in Elizabeth – provide opportunities to linger in tasting rooms.
Winemakers who have added distilling to their craft include the Isaiah Morgan Distillery at Kirkwood Winery, Pinchgut Hollow Distillery at Heston Farm Winery in Fairmont and Forks of Cheat Winery & Distillery near Morgantown. Smooth Ambler Spirits, small-batch makers of bourbon, vodka and gin, also welcome guests at their facility just outside Lewisburg, named “America’s Best Small Town” by Budget Travel magazine. Bloomery Plantation Distillery grows their lemons and raspberries to handcraft artisanal limoncello.
And if your preferred drink of choice is beer, why not enjoy one crafted locally and brewed with crisp, clean mountain water? Newcomer Bridge Brew Works in Fayetteville joins an excellent crop of microbrewers including Mountain State Brewing in Thomas, Morgantown Brewing Company and North End Brewery in Parkersburg.
For additional information about local foods, dining, food festivals and more, visit wvtourism.com or call 1-800-225-5982 (1-800-CALL WVA).