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CoVa BeerFest 2015: Local Beer, Food Trucks & More

Nisa Burns Cochran at CoVa BeerFest | @Kitchenability

The CoVa BeerFest was held this past Saturday at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, which is the country end of Virginia Beach. Corn fields, lots of land, farms, and fresh produce fill Pungo. It’s truly a little gem that’s located only 20 minutes from where I live.

The festival was packed with people, over-sized beer pong was being played, there was tons of live music and local beer was flowing freely. And, food trucks were lined on the perimeter waiting to share their delicious creations with the crowd! We had arrived.

CoVa BeerFest 2015 | @Kitchenability

There were so many local beers represented, like Legend, Devil’s Backbone, and Young Veterans Pineapple Grenade, which is one of my favorites. And one of my favorite local breweries, O’Connor Brewing Co., was featuring their IPA and their delicious, crisp Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale.

Once you paid your admission fee, festival goers were free to taste as much as they’d like and to purchase pints at their leisure. I just tasted. The tasting pours were pretty generous and enabled you to try such a great variety!

Bro's Fish Tacos | @Kitchenability

After one or two samples, it was time for some good local eats! I had heard from a good friend that Bro’s Fish Tacos is awesome, and that they have some of the best fish tacos in the area. So I took their word and ordered a beer battered fish taco with spicy sauce. The fish was flaky and perfectly lightly fried, and served with fresh cabbage and tomatoes. You could taste all of the layers, one not over-powering the other. Truly a wonderful experience! I ate my one taco and wanted more after finishing it. I didn’t want it to end! Truly delicious!

We also tried the Karnage Asada food truck. I had their Superkickin’ Quesadilla with kimchi and their spicy sauce. I went all in! So good. I loved the homemade spicy sauce and how the kimchi balanced the quesadilla’s spicy-ness. It was filled with meat that was tender and well cooked. I was in heaven.

People were smiling — enjoying the music, delicious food, company and, of course, all of the great beer.

I had a ball and hope Coastal Virginia Magazine does this again next year. It was a fantastic festival. I commend them for supporting so many local food trucks and Virginia breweries!


Photos: Nisa Burns Cochran

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