Italian Festival

There’s no shortage of fun things to do this weekend! The Italian Festival is being held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 & 9 at Walsingham Academy, 1100 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  They’ll have wine tastings, great food, and entertainment.

There’s an admission fee, in addition to the cost of the food, because this is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Colonial Italian American Organization. This group funds $2,000 scholarships for 4 high school students annually, as well as providing grants to other local educational charities.

Admission:

  • $12 advance, $15 at gate with Wine Tasting
  • $5 advance, $8 at gate
Get your advance tickets at a number of local merchants, or purchase online at the festival web site.

Fish Fry at the Firehouse

If you’re still hungry when you leave the Hickory Neck Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8,  there’s a convenient solution for you. Just up the road, the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department in Toano is holding its annual Fall Fish Fry from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Meet the volunteer fire fighters and see the trucks and equipment they use to protect us and our property. Tickets are $10/adults, $5/kids under 12. The spread includes fried flounder, baked beans, cole slaw, hush puppies, water, iced tea, or coffee.

Where should we eat?

“Where should we eat?” is the question I’m asked most often by visitors to Williamsburg. There’s no shortage of chain restaurants that visitors are familiar with, but adventurous travelers want to sample the local flavor. That’s why I created my Top 10 lists for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at locally-owned eateries. Check ’em out and let me know if you agree or disagree.

21st Annual Crab Races at Berret’s Seafood Restaurant, Sept. 4

This silly fundraiser  takes place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.  Go for the races, stay for the great food – Berret’s is on Williamsburg Native’s Top 10 list. Sponsor a crab for $10, $25, or $50 to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest, the cutest, and the best named crab in each race.

Williamsburg Greek Festival, Sept. 16-18

Due to church construction, this year’s festival returns to its original location at 706 Bypass Road in the Comfort Inn King George. Sample authentic Greek food and enjoy Greek dancing, entertainment, crafts, and merchandise from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday until 8:00 p.m.) Undecided? Check out my video of the 2010 festival.

All You Can Eat Shrimp Feast to Benefit Local Charities

Put Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 on your calendar for the Shrimp Feast from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Jamestown 4-H Center. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for kids (6-12) for all you can eat shrimp, hush puppies, beans, cole slaw, beer and soda. They have music and raffles, too. It’s sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg and benefits Avalon, Bacon Stree, Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and other community organizations.

The Three Dads + Son Will Eat for Free at Captain George’s Seafood

After recent success feeding families with four generations of moms for Mother’s Day, Captain George’s didn’t want to leave dads out for Father’s Day. Captain George’s is looking for a family with four generations of men – three fathers and a son – to celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th). It’sseeking one family for each of its four locations:

Williamsburg
Virginia Beach
Kill Devil Hills
Myrtle Beach

The flock of fathers (and son) that are selected will be honored with a free
buffet that night.

As a family-run business that at times has had three generations running the
line simultaneously, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant appreciates the unique
bonds of extended families. This Father’s Day it wants to go big and find those
special (and rare) families that can gather four generations of men together.

Families that fit the criteria must contact Jessica Foy at
757-428-3494 by Friday, June 17th.
The families must be willing to be interviewed and
photographed by Captain George’s for its website and Facebook page and by any
interested media.

To check out images from Captain George’s "4G Moms Eat for Free"
event, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page:
facebook.com/captaingeorges
.

Spanish Seafood Fiesta, May 7

After a day of shopping for treasures at the Spring Antiques Show & Flea Market, followed by an afternoon of wine tasting and Kentucky Derby cheering, dinner out seems the best choice. Make your reservations now for the Spanish Seafood Fiesta at La Tienda Retail Store by calling 757.253.1925. $45 per person includes tax and tip. The menu includes seafood & fish paella, seafood salad, endives with salmon & blue cheese, tuna empanadas, salmon canapes, seafood pate appetizers, garlic shrimp, tuna skewers, and crab appetizers. And yes, Spanish wines. Do they mix well with Virginia wines? There’s only one way to find out.Salud!

Seafood Restaurant Seeks Family to Eat Free on Mother’s Day

If you’re blessed to have four generations of women in your family, let Captain George’s know and the three moms and a daughter might get to enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day seafood buffet for free.

As a family-run business that at times has had three generations running the line at one time, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant appreciates the unique bonds of extended families. This Mother’s Day it wants to go big and find those special (and rare) families that can gather four generations together and honor the moms.

Families that fit the criteria must contact Jessica Foy at 757.428.3494 ext. 25 by May 5th in order to be selected to dine on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The families must be willing to be interviewed and photographed by Captain George’s for its website and Facebook page and by any interested media.

Williamsburg’s Greek Festival, April 28-May 1

Williamsburg’s Greek Festival has food surpassing what you might expect of local outdoor events. If you’re new to the area, you may not realize that the Greek community put down roots here after World War II and has been an integral part of Williamsburg’s hospitality industry ever since. That means that you’ll be eating traditional Greek foods prepared by folks who really know how to cook. Last year’s event at the new Hellenic Center on Mooretown Road was well-attended, as you can see from my video post.