Eight Virginia-Made Items for Your Next Tailgate

It’s football season in Virginia, and no Saturday down south would be complete without an epic tailgate spread. Take your tailgating game to the next level this year with these eight Virginia-made ideas. From oysters to hard cider cocktails, Bloody Marys to artisanal cheeses, here are eight simple ways to majorly impress your guest every Saturday this fall.

 

— SEASONAL VIRGINIA CRAFT BEERS —

Starr Hill Brewery

Courtesy of Starr Hill Brewery

With more than 120 craft breweries around the state, Virginia is quickly becoming a premiere destination for craft beer lovers. Load up the cooler with some of these favorite seasonal beers from Virginia craft breweries:

 

— CHARCUTERIE PLATTER WITH CURED VIRGINIA MEATS —

Italian Virginia Wine Tour at Palio Ristorante Italiano

Everyone knows Virginia has great ham, but did you know our purveyors produce some incredible products for your charcuterie platter, as well? Your spread is sure to wow your guests when you include some of our favorite Virginia-made selections:

 

— MIMOSAS WITH VIRGINIA SPARKLING WINES —

Trump

No tailgate is complete without mimosas. Skip the André this year and pop some Virginia bubbly instead. These effervescent sparkling wines are sure to add some fizz and pop to your next get-together.

 

— VIRGINIA ARTISANAL CHEESE PLATE —

Everona Dairy

Everona Dairy

Southern artisanal cheese is all the rage right now, and Virginia boasts some of the top purveyors on the East Coast. We say the stinkier the better, and these cheeses won’t disappoint. Wow your guests with artisanal cheese platters from Virginia’s very own cheesemongers:

  • Caromont Farm’s Farmstead Chevre (Esmont)
  • Mountain View Farm’s Jumpin’ Jack Cheese (Fairfield)
  • Our Lady of Angels Monastery’s Gouda (Crozet)
  • Sullivan’s Pond Farm’s Chesapeake Bleu (Wake)
  • Everona Dairy’s Everona Piedmont (Rapidan)

 

— SCREWDRIVERS WITH VIRGINIA CRAFT CIDER —

Winchester Ciderworks

Virginia’s up-and-coming craft cider scene has the culinary world all abuzz, and our delicious and flavorful craft ciders make for an interesting twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail. Try this recipe at your next tailgate!

 

— SLICED VIRGINIA APPLES WITH CARAMEL DIP —

Roanoke Farmers' Market

Juicy, fresh-picked apples are hard to beat. For a sweet treat, serve up sliced Virginia apples with a yummy caramel dip. You can even pick the apples you serve at one of Virginia’s many U-Pick farms across the state. Check out our handy apple-picking guide to plan your trip.

 

— BLOODY MARYS WITH VIRGINIA CRAFT SPIRITS —

Whitley Peanut Factory

Blue Crab Bay Co.’s Sting Ray Spicy Bloody Mary Mix

Some die-hard football fans start tailgating in the early morning. When that’s the case, Bloody Marys are a must. To add a very Virginia twist to your Bloody Mary, try adding these Virginia-made craft vodkas:

  • Great Dismal Distillery’s Silverfox Vodka (Norfolk)
  • Cirrus Potato Vodka (Richmond)
  • Chesapeake Bay Distillery Blue Ridge Vodka (Virginia Beach)
  • Silverback Distillery Beringei Vodka (Afton)

Pro tip: Want to make your Bloody extra spicy? Be sure to add some Virginia-made hot sauce for an extra kick. Just look for that Virginia’s Finest label, or click here.

 

— VIRGINIA OYSTERS —

Reedville Fishermen's Museum Oyster Roast

Did you know Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast? Boasting seven oyster regions with seven distinct flavors, Virginia’s oysters are some of the best in the world. But you don’t have to be seaside to enjoy these succulent bivalves. Whether served raw, roasted, fried, or Rockefeller, our Virginia oysters are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve at your tailgate while you daydream of your next vacation to Coastal Virginia by slurping oysters from some of these oyster farms:

What are some of your favorite Virginia-made tailgate dishes? Did we forget your go-to? Be sure to leave them in the comments section below! 


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