Food & Drink


Brewery/Brewhouse

Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

All of Blue Mountain Brewery’s lagers and ales are brewed and prepared for distribution in Nelson County, Va. Enjoy classics like Full Nelson or try Native Species, a seasonal beer available January through March.

Finalists

Devils Backbone (Roseland, Va.)

1812 Brewery (Cumberland, Md.)


Vineyard/Winery

Readers voted blue mountain brewery as their favorite in 2019. Photo By tom daly

Toasted Goat Winery (Frostburg, Md.)

The Toasted Goat is still fairly new to the winery scene, having just celebrated their two-year anniversary, but has already built up a collection of boutique wines, including their Petite Sirah and Chocolate Covered Raspberries.

Finalists

King Family (Crozet, Va.)

Afton Mountain (Afton, Va.)


Distillery

Silverback Distillery (Afton, Va.)

Christine and Lauren Riggleman, the mother-daughter team of distillers at Silverback, come from a long line of strong women who get stuff done. They create their spirits through a geothermal process to reduce energy costs and dependence on fossil fuels.

Finalists

Charis Winery & Distillery (Cumberland, Md.)

Smooth Ambler (Lewisburg, W. Va.)


Cider

Bold Rock (Afton, Va.)

All of the apples used in Bold Rock Hard Cider are picked within 35 miles of their two cideries, maximizing the freshness of the product. All of the ciders are naturally gluten free. 

Finalists

Blue Toad (Roseland, Va.)

Urban orchard (Asheville, N.C.)


Beer/ Wine/ Spirits Trail

Brew Ridge Trail (Va.)

Make your way through Nelson and Albemarle County, stopping for beer, food, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the way. The six craft breweries are all within an hour of each other.

Finalists

Asheville Ale Trail (Asheville, N.C.)

The Bourbon Trail (Ky.)


Blue Ridge Booze

Climax Moonshine (Culpeper, Va.)

Mix this 90 proof moonshine with sweet tea or drink it straight. Tim Smith, the man behind the operation, was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners.”

Finalists

Five Mile Mountain (Floyd, Va.)

Ole Smoky Moonshine (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)


Local Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Blue Ridge Bucha (Waynesboro, Va.)

Owners Ethan and Kate Zuckerman are committed to the idea of a sustainable business, one that does not rely on plastic bottles to sell its products. Customers purchase a reusable bottle to fill up with kombucha on draft, bringing it back again and again.

Finalists

Snowing in Space (Charlottesville, Va.)

Elvis Shake Chinquapin’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar (Hayesville, N.C.)


Post-Adventure Hangout

Devils Backbone (Roseland, Va.)

Kick back and drink a cold one at Devil’s Backbone after a long day of hiking, biking, paddling, or skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit again for live music, s’mores, and trivia.

Finalists

Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

Salvage Station (Asheville, N.C.)


Farmers’ Market

Nelson County Farmers Market (Nellysford, Va.)

Since the mid-90s, the Nelson County Farmers Market has been a gathering place for people, produce, and fine crafts. On Saturdays from May to October, you can find dozens of vendors selling everything from fresh cheese to jewelry.
Finalists

Charlottesville Farmers Market (Charlottesville, Va.)

North Asheville (Asheville, N.C.)


Restaurant 

Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

From their loaded nachos and stacked burgers to mouth-watering desserts, fill up at Blue Mountain.
Start your Sunday off with a brunch that changes
week to week.

Finalists

Copper Door (Hayesville, N.C.)

Hank’s Grille and Bar (McGaheysville, Va.)


Farm-to-table Restaurant

Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nellysford, Va.)

This restaurant works hard to source its produce and meat from sustainable farms within a 50-mile radius, helping to cut down on fuel needed for transportation.

Finalists

The Station (Fayetteville, W. Va.) 

Zynandoah (Staunton, Va.)


Coffee Shop

Farmhaus Coffee Co. (Waynesboro, Va.)

Whether you drink your coffee black or prefer tea instead, Farmhaus’ cozy atmosphere invites everyone to come inside and enjoy this specialty coffee shop.Finalists

Shenandoah Joe (Charlottesville, Va.)

Trager Brothers (Afton, Va.)


Breakfast

Beer Run (Charlottesville, Va.)

You wouldn’t expect it based on the name, but breakfast from Beer Run is a great way to start the day. Try one of their loaded breakfast tacos on Saturday morning or a full breakfast platter at Sunday morning brunch.

Finalists

Over Easy (Asheville, N.C.)

Cathedral Cafe (Fayetteville, Va.)


Lunch 

Secret Sandwich Society (Fayetteville, W. Va.)
The secret is out; it’s all about the sandwiches at this Fayetteville lunch spot. Operations at the Society are 100% wind powered, so you can feel good about the delicious food you’re eating.

Finalists

Blue Mountain (Afton, Va.)

Early Girl Eatery (Asheville, N.C.)


Late Night Eats

South Street Brewery (Charlottesville, Va.)

Whether you’re looking for another drink or something to soak up the alcohol, South Street has you covered till midnight on the weekends.

Finalists

C&O (Charlottesville, Va.)

Texas Tavern (Roanoke, Va.)


Burrito/Tacos

Hellbender Burritos (Davis, W. Va.)

Don’t expect a traditional burrito at this West Virginia “Burreatery.” They take classics, like cheesesteaks and barbecue, and turn them into uniquely stuffed burritos.

Finalists

Brazos (Charlottesville, Va.)

Alex’s Taco Truck (Waynesboro, Va.)


Burger 

Jack Brown’s (Multiple Locations)

The idea behind Jack Brown’s winning formula is simple: burgers and beer. And don’t forget about the fried Oreos.
Finalists

Farm Burger (Asheville, N.C.)

TIE Black Dog Tavern  (Hayesville, N.C.) and Citizen Burger (Charlottesville Va.)


Barbecue

Blue Ridge Pig (Nellysford, Va.)

No one does the classics better than this unassuming stop on Rockfish Valley Highway, especially their renowned potato salad.

Finalists

Zeb’s Barbeque (Ridgeley, W. Va.)

12 Bones (Asheville, N.C.)


Pizza 

Pies and Pints (Fayetteville, W. Va.)

You can’t go wrong with a pizza at this pie shop. Adventure outside of the traditional pepperoni for a slice, or two, of chicken gouda or sriracha shrimp.

Finalists

Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, Va.)

Ciro’s (Va.)


Restaurant with Vegetarian Options

Local Roots (Roanoke, Va.)

The menu may change depending on the season and what is available, but the quality of food is always top notch at Local Roots. Try their heirloom pea hummus with fried lavash or vegetable sandwich with sweet potatoes and apples.

Finalists

Mountain City Coffeehouse (Frostburg, Md.)
Laughing Seed (Asheville, N.C.)


Food Truck

Hank’s Fly’n Pig (McGaheysville, Va.)

The owners of Hank’s Grille and Bar decided to expand two years ago, adding a food truck to their arsenal. Now you can find their food at breweries, festivals, and weddings. You won’t believe the barbecue you’re eating came out of a truck. Finalists

Blue Mountain (Afton, Va.)

Los Tacotes (Asheville, N.C.)


Festival Food 

Blue Ridge Pizza (Charlottesville, Va.)

The quintessential festival food should help keep you rocking all night long. From LOCKN’ and Festy to Cville Pride Day and Cider Fest, the folks at Blue Ridge Pizza have you covered.

Finalists

Goatocado (Richmond, Va.)

Sunshine Sammies (Asheville, N.C.)


Ice Cream

Kline’s (Waynesboro, Va.)

Since 1943, Kline’s has been serving up the best in frozen dairy treats. With a new flavor to try almost every week, pick up a flavor card to keep track of when your favorites will be in stock.

Finalists

The Frostburg Freeze (Frostburg, Md.)

Blue Cow (Roanoke, Va.)