Downtown's food scene is gaining regional and national attention. In 2014, Downtown Harrisonburg was designated Virginia's first culinary district, a distinction that adds to an impressive list of accolades for Harrisonburg in publications such as Travel + Leisure, Huffington Post, USA Today, Virginia Living, Southern Living and Wine Enthusiast. 

The culinary district celebrates the rich diversity of places, spaces, and events where people gather around food. It pays tribute to the farmers, chefs, and brewers who have the uttermost respect for the ingredients that make our food scene unique. With more than 35 locally owned restaurants, four breweries, a bountiful farmers marketco-op grocery store, food tours, and a variety of food-related events, it's easy to see why downtown Harrisonburg offers a culinary experience like no other. The options are endless, ranging from mainstream to ethnic, fine dining to casual, locally-sourced to international ingredients and beyond.