Blueberries – is there a more perfect food? The blueberry is both sweetly delicious and a healthy snack. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise humble, little fruit has its own celebration: The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival!
Scheduled for midsummer – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 25th, 26th, and 27th, 9am to 4:30pm – Chincoteague’s Blueberry Festival promises a great time for all – and blueberries!
Of course, one of the best parts of the festival are all the fresh, juicy, blueberries you get to eat – but you have to act fast or risk missing them when they sell out – and they will! Luckily you can pre-order yours from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963. The same is true of Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies, available whole or by the slice. Call Sugarbakers at 757-336-3712 to make sure you get yours.
Even if you’re not all that excited by blueberries, the festival is still a treat. The largest fine arts and crafts event on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is held every year in Chincoteague Island’s Chincoteague Center, the weekend preceding that of the annual Pony Swim. The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival boasts over 100 fine artisans from all over the Southern US, displaying and selling their handmade arts and crafts.
And it’s more than just blueberries and an arts and crafts show. The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival also features delicious food and toe-tapping, live entertainment: a wonderful slice of hometown Americana at its finest.
Musicians for the festival include:
Cole & Young – acoustic pop
Gus the Bardic Troubadour – traditional and modern Irish folk music
Hemlock Hollow – Americana, bluegrass and folk
Black Elvis – Elvis impersonator
Rick James – R&B/Funk
Mike Hawker – folk, country, rock, blues, and bluegrass
Food at the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is provided by the Pepper Jack Grille, with both a breakfast and lunch menu that includes such delicious offerings as:
Fresh blueberry pancakes
Sunshine breakfast burrito
Jumbo blueberry muffins
Cheese and tomato quesadillas
Grilled crab and avocado tacos
Crab melt pita
Blueberry pecan chicken salad sandwich w/chips
Grilled old fashion hamburger
1/4 lb Hot Dog
Greek salad with fresh blueberries
Raspberry iced tea
Lodging for the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival
You’re on the island, so why stay anywhere else? Spend the night with us to enjoy more than one day of the festival AND all that beautiful, Chincoteague Island has to offer. The Island Manor House has air conditioning, wireless internet, wonderful daily treats, a game room, beach gear such as bikes, backpacks, beach chairs, and boogie boards. We also offer a concierge service that can assist you in booking all aspects your Chincoteague vacation. Whether you’re here for the Blueberry Festival or just a getaway, The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast would love to be your home away from home.