Walking Dinner Tour: Buckhannon restaurants join forces for a unique dining event in September

BUCKHANNON – Culinary connoisseurs take note: Downtown Buckhannon will once again host a unique collaborative dining experience with a Walking Dinner Tour on Friday, Sept. 24.

Hosted by the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Walking Dinner Tour will bring Buckhannon residents and visitors together to celebrate the eclectic restaurant scene along Main Street. The tour will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

“It’s such an important thing for small towns like ours to have personality, and that’s what our restaurants really provide,” said Laura Meadows, executive director of the Upshur County CVB. “Each spot is so unique and has its own personality.”

The tour will begin at Oink’s BBQ, where guests will meet and enjoy a smoked mini-corn dog appetizer. Participants will then progress as a group through the remainder of the tour.  

“I’m hoping Walking Dinner Tour guests take away a great experience with good food, enjoy our restaurant’ atmosphere and return to try all of our great homemade food,” said Cindi Alkire, owner of Oink’s BBQ.  

Main Street staple CJ Maggies will serve up the entrée during the September Walking Dinner Tour.

The next stop will be C.J. Maggie’s Restaurant to experience honey-and-lemon roasted pork tenderloin, crab-stuffed shrimp, roasted potatoes and creamed corn. When fans of food and drink have gotten their fill of the main course, then comes a short walk to dessert at Sweet-A-Licious, where they will be able to select from apple crisp with apple ice cream or a pumpkin crunch cake with pumpkin ice cream. (A tough choice in our book.)

“The Walking Dinner Tour is a great opportunity to meet people and introduce them to my shop and what we have to offer,” said Michelle Jack, Sweet-A-Licious owner.

Sweet-A-Licious is a local, family-owned business that prides itself on offering a clean, comfortable place to obtain a sweet treat, Jack said. Customers can also purchase some retail items, including candles, essential oils, cookbooks, West Virginia books, Christian T-shirts and local items such as chocolates, coffee, jams and jellies.

To top off the evening, tour guests may choose from a special selection of drinks at the 88 Lounge on East Main Street.

“Use the Walking Dinner Tour as a little adventure, a romantic date night, or a fun way to get a group of friends together,” Meadows said.

Tickets are $35 per person and include the appetizer at Oink’s BBQ, entrée at CJ Maggie’s Restaurant, dessert at Sweet-a-Licious and drink at the 88 Lounge. Spots are limited, so don’t wait! Please purchase tickets for the Walking Dinner Tour in advance.

It might also be a good idea to pack a bag; the small-town charm of Main Street could easily turn into a weekend getaway by reserving a hotel room or an Airbnb in the beautiful hills of Upshur County. Visit the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a full list of places to rest your head, exciting things to do and one-of-a-kind places to see in Upshur County.

For questions regarding the event, please contact the Upshur County CVB by phone at 304-473-1400 or stop by the office at 14 East Main Street in Buckhannon.

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