Unique Feasts in the Mid-Atlantic November 1, 2022 by MATPRA Admin (November 2022) – With tidings of cooler temps comes an influx of autumn-inspired dining experiences across the Mid-Atlantic, all dedicated to celebrating the bounty of the season. Farm-to-table dining and regionally sourced produce, along with hearty and sometimes historic recipes, are all as comforting as the fiery fall foliage across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. You’re sure to leave these unique fall feasts happy and full. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org DELAWARE Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley Surprise that special someone in your life with a Picnic Harvest-themed luxury pop-up picnic by Harp and Hare. All picnics come with curated themes, unique decor, set-up, clean-up, games, and a selfie stick. Enjoy the crisp late fall weather or choose an indoor location. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, [email protected] MARYLAND Allegany An iconic Mountain Maryland tradition is gifting Engles Mountain “Frostburg” Bologna from B&B Country Meats. This local butcher and deli has been serving the region for more than 100 years and is famous for its gourmet bologna, available in three flavors and made with freshly cut lean beef and seasoning. Allegany County, The Mountainside of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, BandBFrostburg.com/bologna, [email protected] Calvert Partake in a great number of fun classes and events at No Thyme to Cook in Solomons, Maryland this November including Traditional Maryland Stuffed Ham, a Bourbon Dinner, Italian Appetizers, Pies & Tarts, a Murder Mystery, Soups and Stews, Literary Bites, Fresh Pasta, Dinner and a Movie and more! Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, VisitCalvert.com, [email protected] Harford Change up your dining routine in Harford County. Experience unique and authentic dishes at Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz, savor the taste of the Caribbean at Island Spice, pair your favorite wine with our Italian restaurants’ signature dishes, and satisfy that sweet tooth at our cow-to-cone creameries. Time to find a new go-to dish you’ve never experienced! Visit Harford, Matthew Scales, VisitHarford.com, [email protected] Talbot During cold weather months oysters flourish in the chilly Chesapeake Bay waters where local watermen harvest them at the peak of flavor with plump meat, mild brine, and buttery finish. The Talbot County Oyster Trail helps visitors find their favorite dishes including stew and pot pie, or just slurp raw. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA Allegheny National Forest Region Here in the higher elevation of the Allegheny Mountains of northwestern Pennsylvania, within the Allegheny National Forest Region, as the temperatures drop and the snow begins to blow, thoughts turn to dining in front of a warm fireplace where both the entrees and the beverages will cast off your chill. Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Linda Devlin, VisitANF.com, [email protected] Butler Della terra’s Chef Saul has explored the area for the ingredients to curate an imaginative 7-course Fall Foraging Dinner. Join the crowd at this Zelienople restaurant game and enjoy a meal featuring wild spiced venison sausage that you will be sure to leave your talking! Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Jeff Martinelli, VisitButlerCounty.com, [email protected] Lancaster You can enjoy tasty smorgasbord dining in Lancaster County anytime of the year, especially at the biggest & most wide-ranging of them all – Shady Maple in East Earl. Featuring the founding family’s favorite recipes prepared fresh daily in the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch way, the restaurant also offers premium, made-to-order items. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, [email protected] Raystown Attention Foodies! Come to the Raystown Region to experience our fall feasts! Stop by Standing Stone Coffee Company and enjoy Thanksgiving on a sandwich with The Gobbler. Or, take part in the Harvest Dinner Series as Steele Farm, an authentic farm-to-table experience. Find these and more on our website! Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Matt Price, Raystown.org, [email protected] VIRGINIA Norfolk Time to get festive. We all know Thanksgiving is around the corner but if you need an early it’s the perfect time to explore Norfolk’s culinary scene. Serving up festive sandwiches and soups to spiced beverages from pumpkin lattes to pear sours, fall is in the air in Norfolk. Visit Norfolk, Paige Hawsey, VisitNorfolk.com, [email protected] Stafford During the holidays, experience and tour George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm in Stafford, Virginia. Walk through his replica home and sit at the table where he would’ve feasted during holiday dinners or lay in the bed where he would’ve taken his turkey-day nap. Experience the holiday George’s way. Tour Stafford, Virginia, Courtney Swenson, TourStaffordVA.com, [email protected] Staunton The Shack is located one block outside of downtown Staunton offering the best ingredients grown by local farmers from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding area. Chef Boden’s modern cooking combines his Jewish eastern European roots with the traditions of the region. Come taste for yourself! Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, [email protected] Virginia’s Blue Ridge Celebrate the season with historic dishes in The Hotel Roanoke’s AAA Four Diamond-rated Regency Room. This restaurant has been serving iconic Virginia peanut soup and spoonbread for over 80 years. Across the lobby, the Pine Room Restaurant offers locally-sourced dishes prepared in an open kitchen. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Kathryn Lucas, VisitVBR.com, [email protected] Take a look at even more images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.