Why You Need to Attend the Virginia Herb Festival

There is only one festival in Virginia that combines beer, food, and gardening. Every summer, the Virginia Herb Festival takes places in Middletown, VA, just moments away from The Inn at Vaucluse Spring. With a focus on herbs and plants, there is something for everyone at the 2-day event!

Once you have decided to go to the Virginia Herb Festival, you need to start planning the rest of your trip! There is so much to do in our area. For a complete list of handpicked, local recommendations, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. This valuable resource has helped so many travelers plan unforgettable trips to the Shenandoah Valley, so get a copy today!

About the Virginia Herb Festival

Whether you are a foodie, a beer connoisseur, or a gardening enthusiast, you will have a blast at the Virginia Herb Festival! The main events during this yearly fest are beer tastings, local chef demonstrations, live music, and vendors. The goal of this festival is to bring a fun event to the area centered around herbs and agriculture. Admission is just $5 for the whole weekend. After you get in, all programs are free besides the beer tasting!

Herbs at the Virginia Herb Festival

The Virginia Herb Festival is put on every year by the Sunflower Cottage Herb Farm. During the festival, this garden center transforms. You’ll find 4 acres filled with vendors, presentation areas, and concert stages. The main part of the festival, however, is the agricultural aspect. You can purchase fresh herbs at as well as products made with herbs. Get all the plants you need to start your own herb garden or purchase homemade soaps, essential oils, and more. There are also gardening demonstrations that will teach you everything you need to know about growing!

Beers at the Virginia Herb Festival

The Sunflower Cottage Herb Farm has a local brewery on sight called the Backroom Brewery. They always experiment with their brews; they grow all of their own hops and ingredients. During the Virginia Herb Festival, they release new flavors for guests to taste. Beer tastings cost $20 and are only available to the first 200 attendees, so make sure you get there early enough to purchase a ticket! Past flavors have included Lavender Honey Blonde Ale, Lemon Thyme Saison, Peppermint Stout, and more.

Other Things to Do at the Virginia Herb Festival

There’s more than just herbs and beer at the Virginia Herb Festival! Local chefs can be found throughout the event; many will be doing cooking demonstrations that you can try. As you indulge in some food, listen to the music provided by local bands. There are also vendors found throughout the festival selling handmade crafts, outdoor items, and more!

Where to Stay During the Virginia Herb Festival

Cabin by the PondYou’ll love staying at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring during the Virginia Herb Festival! Our peaceful oasis is located just 15 minutes away from this event, making it the perfect place to stay. Plus, our cozy bed and breakfast is the best way to experience the serenity the Shenandoah Valley offers. You’ll love relaxing in our gorgeous gardens complete with a limestone spring. Choose from our private cabins or opt for a stunning room in the historic Manor House. Wherever you decide, make sure you join us for a delicious breakfast in the morning to start your day off right. Book your stay today!