Virginia Willis, chef, food writer, and acclaimed cookbook author will be featured as the headliner celebrity chef featured at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, the world’s most beautiful theme park, for the park’s first-ever Food and Wine Festival. This all-new event highlights superb foods, wines, and other refreshments from around the world not usually found at Busch Gardens. Chef Willis is hosting Cooking Live! demonstrations in the park and The Chef’s Guests™ – a reservation required enhanced experience, May 31 – June 2 & June 15 – June 16. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine festival is Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays May 31 through June 23. Individual tastings are priced a la carte and range in price, $3-$7. A complete list of cuisine, enhanced experiences, and more is available at BuschGardens.com/va.

About Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child, prepared lunch for President Clinton, and catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda. She began her culinary career tossing pizzas in college, has since foraged for wild herbs in the Alps, made mustard in Dijon, crushed olives in California, and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily.

She is the author of the acclaimed cookbooks Bon Appétit, Y’all! Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking and Basic to Brilliant, Y’all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company. Virginia has a popular food blog and website and was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know.” Her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and reimagining homey Southern favorites en Française.

She has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Television, Paula Deen’s Best Dishes, Food Network’s Chopped, and Fox and Friends. She has been featured in USA TodayCountry Living, and House Beautiful as well as Food52 and CNN.com. She is a contributing editor to Southern Living and her writing has been published in Eating Well, Fine Cooking, and Taste of the South. For more about Virginia, please visit www.virginiawillis.com



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