Farm-to-Table Dinners return to West Virginia State Parks this summer

2019 schedule released. Book your reservation today!

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Due to popular demand, West Virginia state parks are cooking up a second helping of Farm-to-Table meals this summer. State parks partner with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association to feature the best of West Virginia food and beverages.

“This was an extremely popular event last year,” said Paul Redford, district administrator for West Virginia State Parks. “We’ve already had calls from people who attended last year’s dinners who want to buy tickets for this summer. They don’t care about the price or the menus, which are still being put together. They just want reservations!”

Not only are these meals a great way to sample local food, they’re a perfect opportunity to explore our parks! For a truly unique travel and dining experience, make plans to attend one or more of the dinners below, then stay overnight to enjoy the park amenities. Lodging is separate from the dinner. Here’s a list of the dinner dates.

Holly River State Park — July 25

Holly River State Park Restaurant hosts an evening of nostalgia, complete with English roses, a tree lit garden and live music from Key to Adam accompanied by guitarist Adam Moyer and violinist Kiara Williams. The menu includes grilled chicken remoulade, slow-roasted sirloin, creamy tomato basil soup, seasoned red potatoes and more.

West Virginia’s second-largest state park, Holly River is surrounded by heavily forested mountains and offers 42 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Left Fork of Holly River also is a favorite spot for trout fishing.

Twin Falls Resort State Park — August 16

Twin Falls presents a traditional family style dinner at the famous 1800s Pioneer Farm, featuring acoustic entertainment from award-winning guitarist Robin Kessinger.

The menu includes hearty favorites like iron skillet fried chicken, fresh-roasted corn from the Pioneer Farm Garden, deviled eggs made from fresh local eggs, watermelon and more.

Set on a high, wooded ridge in the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia, Twin Falls is the ideal place for nature lovers. Recreational opportunities include 25 miles of hiking and biking trails and a championship golf course

Hawks Nest State Park — August 17

Hawks Nest hosts a “Grandma’s Table Family Dinner” in the Vista Restaurant as part of its A Taste of Hawks Nest Weekend. Activities include a wine, beer and cheese reception on Friday and aerial tram rides, entertainment, a cash bar and farm-to-table dinner on Saturday. The menu and pricing will post soon.

Located in the heart of the New River Gorge, Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlooks of the river. Additional recreation in the park includes hiking, biking, and fishing on Hawks Nest Lake and Mill Creek. The park also is just minutes from whitewater rafting, rock climbing and other recreation in the gorge.

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North Bend State Park — August 22

Menu and pricing will be announced soon for North Bends’s dinner, so save the date and plan a weekend of fun activities, including boating and fishing on North Bend Lake and hiking and biking on the North Bend Rail Trail. If you’ve been wanting to learn a new outdoor skill, sign up for the Quest program, where you’ll get one-on-one instruction in activities like beginner’s mountain biking, rock climbing and backpacking!

Chief Logan State Park — August 23

“Hoedown on the Hill” at Chief Logan Lodge features locally sourced foods like wilted lettuce salad, finger lickin’ ribs, fried green tomatoes, carrot cake and more. Dinner entertainment includes music and old-fashioned games like horseshoes and bobbing for apples.

The lodge is just a short drive from the park, where you can enjoy a range of activities including hiking, biking and fishing. Additional attractions include a live wildlife exhibit, a regional interest and coal history museum, and summer theater performances at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park — August 29

Details are forthcoming on Cass Scenic Railroad’s farm-to-table dinner, but save the date, and plan your dinner date around a scenic train ride up to Whittaker Station or Bald Knob on an antique, steam-driven locomotive. Lodging is available in the restored company houses in Cass.

Cacapon Resort State Park — September 10

Cacapon’s Harvest Fest at the Old Inn features a menu of barbecued ribs and chicken, parsley potatoes, coleslaw, peach cobbler and more. The Band Creek Valley Boys will provide live music.

A favorite getaway for the DC metro area, this Eastern Panhandle park offers activities like hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and championship golf.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park — September 12

A joint effort between Canaan Valley Resort and nearby Blackwater Falls State Park, this farm-to-table dinner is in the works. Check back later for a menu and other details.

You’ll find plenty to do between both parks, including hiking, biking, fishing, golf, and of course admiring the beauty of Blackwater Falls and Blackwater Canyon.

Make your plans today!

Each dinner is a five-star dining experience, and seating is limited. Book your reservation today, and don’t forget to book your lodging, too. You don’t want to miss this!

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