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West Virginia Hometown Cookbook

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The West Virginia Hometown Cookbook - Favorite Recipes from West Virginia's Best Hometown Cooks

You will love this deep dish, double serving of local, tried and true recipes and fun-filled facts about hometowns all over The Mountain State. From Wild and Wonderful West Virginia you will experience wild and wonderful favorites like Venison Jerky, White Beans & Ramps, and Dandelion Cookies, to traditional southern favorites like Tried and True Cornbread, Classic Creamy Cole Slaw, and My Mama’s Meatloaf, to uniquely Appalachian favorites like Hillbilly Hot Dog Sauce, Mountain-Style Blackberry Jam Cake, Pepperoni Roll Poppers, and Preston County Raised Buckwheat Pancakes. This outstanding cookbook is packed with favorite recipes your family is sure to love.

Experience West Virginia’s all-time favorite recipes… from West Virginia Cast-Iron Sugar Snap Peas, Golden Delicious Wassail, and First Lady’s Cornbread Salsa to Molasses Raisin Cookies, Mom’s Hot Fried Buttermilk Chicken, and Pawpaw Chiffon Pie. From Frosted Honey Cake to Mountain Mini Trout Cakes to Berkeley Springs Oven-Baked Apple Butter… You’ll taste the very BEST of West Virginia.

Facts, History, and More! You'll also enjoy interesting facts and stories about fun food festivals around the state... from Hogging Up WV BBQ & Music Festival to Ramps & Rail Festival in Elkins, from West Virginia Peach Festival to Autumn Harvest Festival & Roadkill Cook-Off in Marlinton, and West Virginia Black Walnut Festival to WV Hot Dog Festival in Hungtington, you’ll never miss the celebration!

Festival Listing!

Apple Butter Festival
Berkeley Springs •  Columbus Day weekend in October

This traditional harvest festival kicks off with a nostalgic hometown parade Saturday morning followed by two-days-worth of family-friendly games and contests, music, country food, fine arts and local crafts. Undisputed star of the Apple Butter Festival is the spicy apple butter stirred in giant copper kettles in the middle of the square. Free admission.

304-258-3738 •

Berkeley Springs
International Water Tasting

Berkeley Springs • Last Full Weekend in February

More than 100 waters from around the USA and the planet compete for best tasting and packaging in this award-winning event that is the largest and longest-running water tasting in the world. The public can taste along and take home entries in the concluding Water Rush. A day-long water seminar brings experts from around the world to Berkley Springs for the annual Berkley Springs International Water Tasting. Free admission.

800-448-8797 •


Blues Brews & BBQ Festival
Snowshoe • First Weekend in August

Take the best craft brewers in West Virginia and combine them with great food, live music and amazing vistas from the top of the mountain and you get the Blues Brews & BBQ Festival. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

304-572-5892 •

Burgoo Cook-off
Webster Springs • Columbus Day Weekend

Burgoo Cook-Off in Webster Springs is a fall festival that is fun for the whole family. The star of the show is the Burgoo contest which has an entry fee and pays cash prizes for First, Second, Third, and People’s Choice awards. There is no admission to fee to enjoy the fun — live bluegrass music, apple butter making, an apple pie contest, hay rides, cake walks, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin painting, and much more. Bring the family and join the fun.

304-847-7291 •

Burlington Old-Fashioned
Apple Harvest Festival

Burlington • First Full Weekend in October

Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival is a free two-day event including live entertainment, a Banjo & Fiddle contest, a baby apple dumpling contest, parade, and, of course, old-fashioned apple butter and apple dumplings. There are many food and craft vendors on site as well as a car show and fireworks on the last night. This is a great event for the whole family.

800-969-0079 •

Huntington • September

ChiliFest is the West Virginia State Chili Championship sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Cooks from a five-state area come to compete for the state title and go on to compete in the World’s Chili Championship. Great chili, spirited competition, live music, games and a Kids Corner event all make ChiliFest a great community event and a fundraiser for the local Ronald McDonald House. To date, ChiliFest has raised over $550,000 for The House.

304-634-4857 •


Clay County Golden
Delicious Festival

Clay  • Third Week in September

The Clay County Golden Delicious Festival features four days of music and entertainment, crafts, parade, games and rides, pageants, quilt show, motorcycle show, antique car show, golf tournament and an outdoor drama. You will also discover, of course, baking contests with lots of food all brought together to celebrate the Golden Delicious Apple that was discovered on the Mullins Farm in Clay County.

8304-587-4260 •

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Fairmont • Second Saturday in December

One Saturday every December, thousands of people venture onto Monroe Street in downtown Fairmont for a fun day filled with authentic Italian cuisine, traditional holiday music, and unique gift shopping opportunities. This wildly anticipated event draws more than 8,000 visitors annually.

304.366.0468 •

Harvest Festival
Fairmont at Pricketts Fort State Park • Second Weekend in October

Enjoy a fun, fall weekend focusing on 18th century foods. This fun-for-the-whole-family festival includes demonstrations and displays about wild game, food production, harvest preservation, cooking, customs and manners.

304-363-3030 •

Hogging Up WV
BBQ & Music Festival

Great Cacapon • Fourth Weekend in October

West Virginia State Championship BBQ & Music Festival is a two-day event in the mountains of West Virginia. Held at Cox Camping just 12 miles outside Berkeley Springs, nestled at the foothills of the Cacapon mountains, you will enjoy the beauty of West Virginia and a wonderful weekend in the wilderness along with music, barbecue and more food, vendors, beer and more. As seen on The Rachael Ray Show, and in the New York Times, Steven Raichlen’s barbecue books and Saveur magazine.

410-908-9241 •


Kirkwood Winery Grape Stomping Wine Festival
Summersville • Third Weekend in September

For more than 20 years, the Kirkwood Winery Grape Stomping Wine Festival has provided fun for the whole family. This unique festival features live music, dance groups, handmade crafts, and good food. Popular music groups perform each year; check the website for the full line-up. Everyone loves the Grape Stomping and Grape Eating Contests. Enjoy a free glass with admission to the wine tasting.

304-872-7332 •

Lemonade Festival
Bluefield • Last Weekend in August

Bluefield Preservation Society hosts the Lemonade Festival in the Depot District the last weekend of August. The celebration of The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce’s long-standing lemonade promotion features: art exhibits, parade, antique car show, food court, arts and crafts, LemonMade Cook- Off, lemonade promotion display, lemon hunt, family fun park, musical acts from acclaimed gospel groups to local artists, with a grand finale act in the historic Granada Theater. The GBCC’s lemonade promotion began in 1939. Arguably the most unique and highly recognized tradition celebrated in the Bluefields, the lemonade promotion is well loved by citizens and has gained national exposure.

304-589-0239 •

Lewisburg Chocolate Festival
Lewisburg • Second Weekend in April

The Lewisburg Chocolate Festival is a chocolate lover’s dream. This fun festival offers something for the whole family with a chocolate tasting extravaganza, live performances, chocolate mousse eating contest, bake-offs and professional demonstrations.

304-645-1000 •

Main Street Martinsburg
Chili Cook-Off

Martinsburg • October

Enjoy Music from Clement & Williams and The Eric Chef Group , beer and Chili in downtown Martinsburg. Saturday, October 4th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. to taste chili $5.00 per person, 7 years old and below FREE.

304.262.4200 •


Martinsburg Chocolate Festival and Book Fair
Martinsburg • Last Weekend in April

Indulge the mind and the senses at the Fourth Annual Chocolate Fest/Book Faire held in historic downtown Martinsburg West Virginia on the last weekend of April. Experience a one day Extravaganza held throughout downtown businesses. Explore the unique shops and speak with West Virginia Authors, tours at DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates, Chocolate Cupcake Contest, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory showing at the Public Library and much more.

304-262-4200 •

Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival
St. Albans • Second Saturday in October

The Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, is held the second Saturday in October each year at historic Morgan’s Kitchen, located along MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans. Activities include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, hit/ miss engines, arts and crafts, old time music and antique wood-crafters. Baked goods and hot dogs are available. Apple butter is available for purchase. There is no charge for this event and plenty of parking is available.

304-727-5972 •

Nicholas County Potato Festival
Summersville • September

The Nicholas County Potato Festival celebrates potato farmers in the area with two days of fun for the whole family. You will enjoy amusement rides, a Car and Tractor Show, Farmer’s Market, Potato Auction, Pet Pageant, Corn Hole Competition, 5K Race, Spud Hunt and Sack Race, Daily Entertainment, Firemen’s Parade, Grand Parade, Potato Idol Competition, Fireworks, Food and Craft Vendors and Mashed Potato, Tater Tot and Hot Wing Eating Contests.

304-872-3722 •

Preston County Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood • Last Thursday in September

The Preston County Buckwheat Festival always starts the last Thursday in September. For more than 70 years, the festival has been entertaining people far and wide. The festival features 3 parades, coronation of Queen Ceres and King Buckwheat, arts and crafts, livestock exhibits, quits, 4H exhibits, Friday night entertainment show, antique car show, a midway with over 20 rides, and festival food including our famous whole hog sausage and buckwheat cake dinners.

304-379-2203 •


Ramps & Rail Festival
Elkins • Fourth Saturday in April

Learn about Ramps—the unique, indigenous “wild leek” that grows in the Appalachian mountains— at the annual Ramps & Rail Festival in Elkins. Enjoy local arts, crafts, live music and food vendors who show off scrumptious ramp dishes from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Town Square. Relax on a one-hour ride on the New Tygart Flyer which departs twice on the day of the festival. See website for ticket prices.

8877-686-7245 •

Ribfest BBQ Festival
Charleston • September

The annual Ribfest BBQ Festival features world-class awardwinning barbecue rib vendors from around the country serving the best barbecue ribs, chicken and sauces you will ever eat along with a variety of other great foods including Philly cheesesteaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood and a selection of delicious desserts. People come from over 12 states to enjoy the great foods and entertainment including carnival rides, nightly entertainment, attractions, petting zoo, pony rides, eating contest and much more. This family friendly event has lots to do for people of all ages.

304-444-2921 •

Salem Apple Butter Festival
Salem • First Thursday thru Sunday of October

The Salem Apple Butter Festival provides live demonstrations of old-fashioned apple butter making. You will see the process done outdoors using copper kettles suspended over wood fire with the tasty product and canned on the spot for visitors to purchase. Other attractions include live entertainment, a grand parade, Saturday night fireworks, food, crafts, celebrity auction and many contests including apple pie baking, quilt show, the Sam Warner Memorial 5k Run, bicycle poker ride, pet show-off, talent show, car show, and horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournaments. The festival is a drug and alcohol free event providing family fun for all ages. There is no admission charge and all entertainment is free, as well.

Taste of Our Towns
Lewisburg • Second Saturday of October

Taste of Our Towns, a benefit for Carnegie Hall, West Virginia, takes place the second Saturday of October each year. Thousands of residents and visitors from across the region converge to gather on the streets of historic downtown Lewisburg to sample delicacies from local restaurants, civic clubs and organizations. Yearly favorites such as The General Lewis Inn’s pecan pie and Wolf Creek Gallery’s crab cakes disappear quickly. You certainly won’t want to miss The Greenbrier who comes out in force with numerous selections from their exclusive restaurants. Cash is not accepted at TOOT. For your convenience, you may order tokens in advance beginning in September. Will-call tokens will be available the day of the event at the Carnegie Hall booth near the green space.



Annual Tomato Tasting Festival
Fairmont • Third Sunday in August

The Annual Tomato Tasting Festival hosted by the Marion County Master Gardener Association is the 3rd Sunday each August at the High Gate Carriage House in Fairmont. You’ll sample more than 60 varieties of tomatoes provided by local growers judged for the Biggest, Best Tasting and People’s Choice. Step outside, for lunch or to leisurely stroll the historic coal baron’s estate grounds to the Farmers Market, musical entertainment, gardening and food clinics, children’s activities, and other educational and heritage displays—WV Extension demonstrations, honeybees, basket weaving, and butterfly tent. Free Admission. There is no entry fee for tomatoes.

304-816-1379 •

Uniquely West Virginia
Wine and Food Festival

Berkeley Springs • April

Uniquely West Virginia Wind and Food Festival includes more than a score of West Virginia wineries and edible product makers and growers set up for a daylong sampling and sale of their products. All weekend long, local restaurants and shops join in with related specials and sales. The show offers a free opportunity for the public to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products as well as meet the faces behind these products.

304-258-9147 •

West Virginia Chocolate Festival
Ripley • Day Before Palm Sunday

The West Virginia Chocolate Festival is all things chocolate. From truffles to molded suckers, from dipped fruit to fudge, chocolate bunnies to chocolate covered popcorn. If it is made with chocolate, we probably have it. This is a family event with free admission and free parking.


West Virginia Turkey Festival
Mathias • Fourth Weekend in October

West Virginia Turkey Festival is held to honor Turkey growers in the state. The festival features a turkey/ ham dinner, turkey shoot, car show, craft show, pageant and other events. Everyone is welcome to come see the beautiful little town of Mathias and enjoy everything the festival has to offer.



Wild Edibles Festival
Buckeye • Third Saturday in April

Get a taste of Pocahontas County at the annual Wild Edibles Festival. Choose from a variety of workshops and walks where you will learn where to gather, how to identify, and how to prepare the delicious bounty of wild edible plants. Make and sample wildflower teas, main dishes, and desserts made with greens and flowers you won’t find at the supermarket. There is silent auction and vendors for your enjoyment.

304-799-4636 •

West Virginia Black
Walnut Festival

Spencer • Second Thursday in October

For 60 years, The Black Walnut Festival has entertained the area with a family-centered festival that is great fun for people of all ages. Featuring food, music, arts and crafts, 4H exhibits, a carnival, kid’s day parade, marching band competition and the Grand Parade on Saturday, you will not want to miss this four-day festival—one of West Virginia’s best festivals.

304-927-1640 •

West Virginia Chestnut Festival
Rowlesburg • Sundays in October

Established in 2008 and sponsored by the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee with the Town of Rowlesburg and Tourism Commission, West Virginia Chestnut Festival celebrates the great American chestnut tree, which originally made-up 40% of hardwood trees in the 16 States of the Appalachian Chain, prior to an Asian blight occurring in the early 20th century. Visitors enjoy sampling and purchasing chestnuts, roasted chestnuts on an open grill, visiting vendors, or attending presentations on restoration of the American chestnut tree. The festival finishes with a gala dinner banquet, featuring chestnut flavored items, and the crowing of chestnut royalty, Mr. and Mrs. Chestnut.

304-329-1240 •

WV Hot Dog Festival
Huntington • Last Saturday in July

Eat your fill of hot dogs while listening to live music and enjoying great entertainment all day at this annual event. You’ll love the BUN RUN, BUNS ON BIKES, and HOT DOGS & HOT RODS Car Show. Watch the Hot Dog Eating Contest, Root Beer Chuggin’ Contest, and Celebrity Mustard Squirt Contest. Play in the KIDZONE, visit the PETZONE, participate in the all-breed exhibition dog races, annual WV Wiener Dog Races, and $100 “Dachshund Dash” championship race, and so much more. It a full day of family fun benefitting kids in treatment at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

304-525-7788 x154 •


West Virginia Maple
Syrup Festival
Pickens • Third Weekend in March

The West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival is held the third weekend of March each year in Pickens (Randolph County) offering a weekend of country fun including a famous pancake/buckwheat cake feed with pure maple syrup. A country ham and bean dinner on Saturday evening is followed by an old-fashioned square dance. Saturday and Sunday feature with local musical entertainment throughout the both days with various craftsmen demonstrating their talents and skills. Fun for all ages.

304-924-5363 •

West Virginia Molasses Festival
Arnoldsburg • Last Full Weekend in September

For more than 40 years the West Virginia Molasses Festival has supported the West Fork Community Action which was organized in 1965 for the purpose of developing a community center. The committee depended on raising cane and processing it into sorghum molasses to pay the loan on the land. When a second loan was needed for a building, the Festival was born. This fun, 3-day festival features exhibits, country store items, molasses making demonstrations, a pageant, food vendors, arts & craft vendors, sausage and pancake supper, cake walks, gospel music, a parade, children’s games, a greased pig contest and more. Join us for history, heritage and lots of fun.


West Virginia Peach Festival
Keyser • Second Weekend in August

The mission of West Virginia Peach Festival is to celebrate the growing of peaches in Hampshire County as well as the state of West Virginia. The state commissioner of agriculture crowns our king and queen, who win the position by writing an essay about agriculture in the area. We also have a Little Peach Fuzz and Peach Blossom, which are part of the royalty. The festival includes a myriad of activities geared around peaches including a hat contest, pie and peach eating contests, games, activities, live entertainment and artisans. The majority of the events

304-788-0903 •

West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off
Marlinton • Last Saturday in September

The West Virginia RoadKill Cook-off is one of the region’s most fun and exciting annual events covered in years past by the Food Network, the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel. If you’ve ever wanted to taste exotic dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits, teriyaki-marinated bear or deer sausage, this is the place to be. This wild and offbeat festival is guaranteed fun for the entire family, so come see what Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods calls “The Real Deal.”

800-336-7009 •


West Virginia Strawberry Festival
Buckhannon • Third Week in May

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival began in 1936 as a one-day event to honor local strawberry farmers. Now 73+ years later, the event is a week of community fun with tasty strawberry treats, a carnival, arts and craft shows, musical performances and more. Join us for a week of fun for the whole family.

304-472-9036 •

West Virginia Blackberry Festival
Nutter Fort • First Weekend in August

West Virginia Blackberry Festival is a family festival with free admission, free parking, and free quality entertainment, West Virginia Blackberry Festival has food, novelty, craft, and snack vendors on site, as well as amusement rides, bounces, climbing wall, and more. Live musical entertainment takes place on a professional stage. Other events include a car parade, pet parade, baking contest, talent contest, and a 5K run.

304-709-3206 •

West Virginia Italian Festival National Pasta Cookoff
Clarksburg • Weekend Before Labor Day

West Virginia Italian Festival National Pasta Cookoff is a full day of fun including tasting great pasta. Held in the covered area of Clarksburg’s Jackson Square Event Facility in downtown Clarksburg, cooks of all ages, professional and amateur, vie for the best red sauce, best white sauce and People’s Choice award. Other activities throughout the day include live music, silent auction, hot pepper eating contest, and more. Ahhhhh Pastaaaa! It doesn’t get any better than this.

304-622-2157 •

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