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Your Waynesboro Foodie Adventure

May 14, 2020
Stories, Outdoors, Food, Craft Beverage

Your body is not a temple. It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.
– Anthony Bourdain


Nothing frames a spectacular adventure better than great food and drink. And if you’re a particularly adventuresome foodie, you’re in luck! Waynesboro, Virginia serves up the perfect mix of fresh tastes, cultural amenities, and thrilling sights and experiences to make your next trip truly unforgettable.
Divinely placed at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail, Waynesboro’s historic downtown boasts a trophy trout river, and an extensive park system. Top those adventure-rich options with a thriving community of Shenandoah Valley farms and imaginative food entrepreneurs, and you’ve conjured up foodie paradise. Fresh, locally produced craft beverages are plentiful with the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and the Fields of Gold Farm Trail is a fun way to visit many producers within an easily navigated area.


Discover Crafty, Artisanal Flavor Combinations


Basic City Beer Co. will be calling your name after a day of fly fishing, paddling Waynesboro’s Water Trail, or hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grab a six-pack or growler fill of their award-winning brews - they're famous for their extensive line-up of unique IPAs - to enjoy at home. Depending on the day, you'll find a food tent serving up some Hops Kitchen dishes infused with Basic City beer and inspired by Chef Mike’s global travel. Check the HK Facebook page to find out where they'll be setting up shop. Though the food tent doesn't offer Hops Kitchen's typical extensive menu, they do have tried and true favorites such as the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and the Hogwich, plus rotating specials like Asian Stir-fry Noodles and a Fried Seafood Platter. Chef Mike uses Autumn Olive Farms’ Berkabaw pork, raised just outside Waynesboro and a superstar of restaurants through the mid-Atlantic! 


In need of some comfort food right about now? The Fishin’ Pig will have you hooked on all of its traditional fare, ranging from fried catfish to pulled pork to beef brisket and every Southern favorite in between. You can call ahead or order online to pick up your meal to-go, swing by their food truck in rotating locations throughout the week, or visit the "Pig Pen" for outdoor dining; just be sure to make a reservation! We're sure your taste buds will thank you.


Or, maybe you're craving a gourmet burger that you just can't recreate at home? Try the latest addition to Waynesboro's foodie scene: The River Burger Bar! With six mouthwatering burger options, tasty appetizers, salads, and wraps, you're sure to find something to please everyone in your house. The River also has a large collection of craft beer and cocktails available to-go to perfectly complement your meal. You can conveniently order online and pickup on your way home for now, but come back soon to see the newly remodeled space!


Have a Kombucha Awakening


And what would your adventure be without a ground-breaking, big-flavor beverage? Blue Ridge Bucha will awaken your taste buds to a whole new craft beverage exploration. In less than ten years, husband-and-wife team Ethan and Kate Zuckerman have brought to life their dream of creating a sustainable kombucha company by helping to save over 1,000,000 bottles. Blue Ridge Bucha is brewed here in Waynesboro using pure Blue Ridge Mountain water and infused with Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. This combination produces a flavorful, refreshing, unique organic kombucha in such palate-pleasing flavors as Original Ginger, Elderflower Sunrise, and Jasmine Grape. Their eco-friendly bottles can be refilled at more than 50 mid-Atlantic locations. The Waynesboro Taproom (the first of its kind in VA!) is currently only open for curbside pickup Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays each week. Check out their website for a full tap list, including rotating seasonals, and other goodies available for purchase.


If exploring the world of food is your idea of heaven on earth, start planning your visit to Waynesboro now. A truly unique foray into creative, sustainable artisan fare awaits. Enjoy the ride!