The state of Virginia has some diverse landscape. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that they have some incredible foods you should try when you visit during a family vacation. After all, Chesapeake Bay brings in delectable seafood. Local produce grows out in the valleys. And you can’t forget about the beef produced on the numerous farms. One of the best ways to indulge in all these favorite local foods is to vacation in this state during National Virginia Day. Or choose another time of the year to dine at many of the local restaurants.
As I mentioned above, Chesapeake Bay brings in lots of delectable seafood. One of the local favorites is the blue crab. You must vacation in Virginia between late spring and early fall for soft shell crab. Hardshell crab season goes from April through November. Stick to those times of the year for the freshest crab during your Virginia vacation.
The very first commercial peanut crops were grown in Virginia during the 1840s. You can eat peanuts by the handful or put them in many different recipes. A local favorite dish is peanut soup. Another option for those with a sweet tooth is peanut pie. One bite and I guarantee your family will be hooked! If you want to make it at home, you can find a recipe here.
The state of Virginia happens to be the top producer of oysters on the East Coast. Many of the local restaurants serve oysters, so you should have no problem finding them on the menu.
If you have never had apple butter before, you don’t know what you are missing! The best apple butter is made down in Winchester, Virginia. You will find other types of apple butter in your travels. But if you want the best, make sure it is marked as being produced in Winchester.
Brunswick stew was first made in Brunswick County in Virginia. It is a meat and vegetable stew that is normally served on cold winter nights.
Rockingham County in Virginia is where the commercial turkey industry began. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised that turkey casserole is at the top of the list of favorite local foods. They needed something to make with all that leftover turkey! Don’t limit yourself to this dish on the day after Thanksgiving though. It is also quite tasty any other day of the year.
Fried pies are available at many bakeries throughout Virginia. They are hand-held pies that are fried in canola oil. Most of the pies are sweet and savory. However, you may find different variations during your family vacation in Virginia.
These are some of the favorite local foods you should try when you take a family vacation in Virginia. You can choose to visit this fabulous state on National Virginia Day, or you can head there any other time of the year. There is no right or wrong time to visit. Especially since you can make those memories you will cherish with your family at any time.
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