June 24, 2013

West Virginia Delegation Encourages All To Attend "Taste of West Virginia" Event

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall, Capito and McKinley will proudly showcase some of the best food from regions across West Virginia

Washington, D.C. – The West Virginia delegation encourages all West Virginians, their House and Senate colleagues and guests from across the country to attend the “Taste of West Virginia” event tomorrow, which is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The event will showcase some of the best food West Virginia has to offer, plus live musical entertainment from West Virginia musicians and information about West Virginia-based businesses, universities and organizations.
The West Virginia congressional delegation will also participate in a ceremony to celebrate West Virginia’s pepperoni roll on being voted as America’s favorite state food in CQ Roll Call’s “Taste of America” competition. The pepperoni roll beat out 64 other foods from all fifty states in a bracket-style online voting competition that brought in over a half a million votes. On behalf of West Virginia, CQ Roll Call will present the award to members of the delegation.

“West Virginia offers some of the best food and most tempting recipes in America, from apple butter spreads and fine jams to pepperoni rolls,” said Senator Manchin (D-WV). “It is very exciting that this year’s “Taste of West Virginia” event just so happens to coincide with our great state's 150th birthday. This is such a great opportunity for us to showcase all that West Virginia has to offer as we celebrate our rich culture, strong traditions and great history.I join our host, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, in encouraging all West Virginians and their guests from across the country to join us as we celebrate good food and a special milestone for the state of West Virginia. I look forward to enjoying live music, delicious food and good company.”

“‘Taste of West Virginia’ will bring old and new friends together in Washington to highlight some of our state’s most well-known and unique foods,” said Senator Rockefeller (D-WV). “I’m grateful to the vendors and small businesses that are participating in this event – they’re the backbone of our state’s economy and represent the best our state has to offer.” 
“The Taste of West Virginia is a good reminder that while we may be a smaller state, we have much to offer,” said Congressman Rahall (WV-3). “As our State’s food economy expands and our entrepreneurs and small businesses find new markets for their products, this is a key opportunity to showcase our State’s entrepreneurial spirit and attract new visitors from far and wide. This may be our 150th year, but West Virginia is still wild and even more wonderful than ever before.”
“I am honored to join our state’s congressional delegation and Chamber of Commerce in hosting this year’s ‘Taste of West Virginia’ event,” said Congresswoman Capito (WV-2.) “West Virginia’s small businesses are a critical component to growing our state’s economy and boosting employment.  This event will not only highlight delicious food and produce from West Virginia, but it will showcase to people across the country some of the special items from our state that make it so great. On the heels of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, I am looking forward to continuing the celebration at ‘Taste of West Virginia.’”
“As a proud seventh generation Mountaineer of this great state, it’s exciting to give our residents and Washington friends a chance to get a taste of West Virginia,” said Congressman McKinley (WV-1). “But the best part of our state is the people. At this event celebrating our state's 150th birthday, you get both.”
**For Planning Purposes**
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosts “Taste of West Virginia”
When: 5-7 p.m.
Where: Hart Senate Office Building, Suite 902, Washington, D.C.
What: The “Taste of West Virginia” will showcase some of the best food West Virginia has to offer, plus live musical entertainment from West Virginia musicians and information about West Virginia-based businesses, universities and organizations.
Who:  West Virginia’s Congressional Delegation will headline the event.
Please review a full list of attending vendors by region listed below:
DiCarlo’s Pizza
1311 Main Street
Wheeling, WV
1035 Mt. DeChantal Road
Wheeling, WV
West Virginia Northern Community College
1704 Market Street 
Wheeling, WV
Ye Olde Alpha
50 Carmel Rd 
Wheeling, WV
Candlewyck Inn
65 S Mineral Street 
Keyser, WV
Sweet Shop
100 W German Street 
Shepherdstown, WV
Sweet Shine
16357 Charles Town Road
Charles Town, WV
Flying W Farms
Route 50 West
Burlington, WV
Gourmet Central
PO Box 984
47 Industrial Park Road
Romney, WV 
126 Patrick Henry Way
Charles Town, WV
Mister Bee’s
West Virginia Potato Chip Company, LLC
512 West Virginia Avenue
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Uncle Bunks
69 Tyler Highway
Sistersville, WV
The Marble King
First Avenue PO Box 195
Paden City, WV
Chico’s Bakery
407 Beechurst Avenue
Morgantown, WV
West Virginia Fruit and Berry
Route 1 Box 64
Bridgeport, WV
West Virginia University
1550 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV
Marion County Chamber of Commerce
110 Adams Street
Fairmont, WV

West Virginia Market Place (The Purple Onion)
800 Smith Street
Charleston, WV

BlackWater Brewing Company
912 William Avenue, PO Box 356
Davis, WV
Mountain State Brewing Company
1 Nelson Blvd, PO Box 391
Thomas, WV
Augusta Heritage
The Elm Street Alley Cats
Elkins, WV


Adventures on the Gorge
1 Ames Heights Road
Lansing, WV
Daniel Vineyards
200 Twin Oaks Road
Crab Orchard, WV
The Greenbrier
300 W. Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Smooth Ambler
745 Industrial Park Road
Maxwelton, WV
Table displays at the Taste of West Virginia include:
•        West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
•        West Virginia Congressional Delegation
•        West Virginia Department of Tourism and West Virginia Division of Culture and   History, featuring the 150th Special Edition of Golden Seal and the Special   Edition run of the Charleston Gazette
•        West Virginia Living Magazine
•         Tamarack
•         Glenville State College Veterans History Project
•        West Virginia State Society