Take a Culinary Trip Around the World
Explore cuisine from around the world simply by dining at a few of Harrisonburg’s melting pot of restaurants. From authentic Thai and German cuisine to fresh Italian and Irish dishes to farm-to-table local fare, Harrisonburg’s plethora of eateries provide a tasty dining journey for visitors and residents, moving the city toward its goal of becoming “The Dining Destination of the Shenandoah Valley.”
Start your culinary journey at The Heritage Bakery and Café a cozy little French inspired pocket in the visitors center of downtown Harrisonburg, serving breakfast, lunch and pastries.
Step outside the bakery and walk off your breakfast with a stroll through historic downtown Harrisonburg. Buzzing with unique shops and Virginia-made products, you’ll find that your pancake breakfast gave you all the energy you needed to take on a morning of serious shopping. Make sure to stop through Downtown Wine & Gourmet for a beer or wine tasting and to pick up a bottle of local wine or custom six-pack of craft beer, or even some locally-made chocolates. With a selection of nearly 300 beers and 500 wines from as close as Bridgewater to as far as New Zealand, the immense international selections at this wine shop will provide you with unique flavors from around the world.
Next, grab lunch at one of downtown Harrisonburg’s local foodie spots. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of quenching your thirst with a tour and tasting at nearby Bluestone Vineyard. As you continue your travels a must see is the White Oak Lavender Farm. Walking through the farm’s stunning lavender fields will be a treat for the senses, and if you have time to chat with the owners, they’ll tell you which Harrisonburg chefs use their lavender to create uniquely-flavored gourmet dishes.
Sneak in popular cocktails at Food.Bar.Food where they create inventive and approachable beverages, with new cocktail specials weekly. Their goal is to offer an experience that is accessible and can be appreciated by everyone. Stop by and see why their guests crave the global comfort food and gracious charms of Food Bar Food. Or take on dinner in the bustle uptown on Port Rd at the Irish restaurant Corgans’ Publick House and dig into some classic Cottage Pie or Uncle Fran’s Fish N’ Chips!
Harrisonburg hosts over 50 locally-owned restaurants specializing in menus with global influences for every palatte so after you spend the day exploring the region come on back to the Dining Destination of the Shenandoah Valley.
Downtown is also home to four Craft Breweries playing host to frequent live music and food truck nights, these hotspot breweries will take your culinary-centered day of exploration through the night’s end. Brothers Craft Brewing, Three Notch’d Brewery Co., Pale Fire Brewing Co. and Wolfe Street Brewing Co.