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VIP/Early SMOKED! presented by Performance Foodservice


+ Combo Package Available

Main Street Station
1500 E Main St. Richmond
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
+ M E F W D

Held in spectacular Main Street Station, this all-inclusive, indulgent, food, wine, whiskey, and barrel-aged/limited release craft beer event has been dramatically enhanced in 2019 with some of the country's most legendary barbecue restaurants and their pit-masters presenting some of their signature and innovative smoked products representing various regions of the U.S. and the world. Also, enjoy live music!


Ticket package availability: If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of several different ticket packages, including, "Friday Blowout", "Friday Cigar & SMOKED", "VIP Weekend", and "VIP Weekend Bounty".  Full details on the ticket pages can be found on the Ticket Packages page and can be purchased on the ticket page.

What will you experience?

  • Enter an hour earlier than General Admission and enjoy special whiskeys, wines and craft beers only available during the VIP hour
  • Enjoy various styles of smoked cuisine from the U.S. and the world
  • Food selections will run the gamut and will satisfy meat-lovers and vegetarians.  There will be seafood as well.  Most selections will have a smoked element to them.  There will be some non-smoked selections as well.   The food will represent muliple cusines from around the world, including American, Brazilian, Spanish, Scandanavian, Jewish, etc.
  • Savor top-scoring wines from Virginia, Chile, and Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains and Southern California.   THERE WILL BE 30+ HIGHLY RATED AND AWARD-WINNING WINES TO TASTE
  • Sip on top-shelf whiskeys from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Scotland.  THERE WILL BE 30+ TOP SHELF WHISKEYS TO TASTE
  • Sample a curated selection of barrel-aged and other special craft beers and ciders
  • You keep either a Riedel crystal wine glass or a Riedel crystal whiskey/wine glass (you choose the glass you like when you enter)
  • Complimentary coat check
  • There will be a designated smoking area located outside

Currently committed to the event are the following barbecue restaurants below.   Please note that the talent for this event will include many restaurants, caterers, and food artisans other than the barbecue rstaurants.

  • Skylight Inn BBQ (eastern North-Carolina style)
  • Lexington BBQ (western North-Carolina style)
  • Buz & Ned's Real Barbecue


  • The Scottish Salmon Company - the world's leading artisan producer of fresh, cold-smoked and hot-smoked salmon.   This product is breeded, farmed and processed straight from the salt water sea lochs of the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
  • Peter Chang Restaurant - led by legendary sichuan Master Chef Peter Chang
  • Deep Run Barbecue
  • Belmont Butchery's Tanya Cauthen
  • Piedmont Smokehouse
  • David Napier's White House Catering
  • Texas de Brazil
  • Chef Ellie Basch
  • Edwards Ham of Virginia
  • Myron Mixon's Barbecue

And more surprises...   Please check this page for updates as we confirm more talent for the event.

Belmont Butchery's Tanya Cauthen Debones a Suckling Pig and Makes Pig Porchetta, Which You Can Win for Free in a Raffle at SMOKED! (TENTATIVE FOR 2019 / CONFIRMATION COMING SOON)

Food Network "Chopped" champion, Tanya Cauthen, owner of Richmond's 'Belmont Butchery' in Carytown, will walk through and describe the steps of deboning a suckling pig.  She will then take a homemade pork sausage based filling and stuff the pig, ultimately making a world-class Pig Porchetta.   Each Attendee at SMOKED will automatically be entered into a raffle by virtue of buying a ticket to and attending SMOKED!  In order to win the 20-25lb pig porchetta, you need to stay at SMOKED until 9 pm.   If you win, you will be able to pick it up the next day at Belmont Butchery in Carytown.   The porchetta will fit in a standard oven and feeds 20+ people easily.  Tanya will give you cooking directions too! 

The Virginia Wine Expo benefits the Virginia Distillers Association.

All inclusive.  Price Covers Food & Drink.  21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the VIP Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special. 





List of Whiskeys*


Blackback Lucky 13 Rye (VC)
Reservoir (full line)
Catoctin Creek (full line)
A. Smith Bowman (full line)
Filibuster (full line)
Cheasapeake (full line)
KO (full line)
McCauley's (full line)
Ragged Branch (full line)


Evan Williams Black
Evan Williams 1783
Evan Williams White
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Henry McKenna
Henry McKenna Single Barrel BIB
Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof
Tin Cup
Elijah Craig
Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof (VIP)
Breckenridge Whiskey
Breckenridge Port Cask Finish (VIP)
Breckenridge Distillers High Proof Blend (VIP)
Stranahan Diamond Peak (VIP)
High West American Prairie
High West Double Rye
High West Campfire (VIP)
High West Rendezvois (VIP)
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Single Barrel
Pikesville Rye 110 Proof
Belle Meade
Macallen 12 Year Double Cask (VIP)
Highland Park Magnus
The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve
The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve
The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve
Climax Wood Fired Whiskey
Climax Moonshine
1792 Small Batch
1792 Single Barrel
Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace Organic 6 Grain (VIP)
Old Forrester (VC)
Old Forrester 1870 (VC)
Old Forrester 1897 (VC) (VIP)
Eagle Rare (VC)
Auchentosan (VC)
Laphroig Select (VC)
Laphroig 10 Year (VC)
Woodford Reserve (VC)
Woodford Rye (VC)

*List is tentative and subject to change

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Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets may be available at the door at an increased price unless sold out. All tickets to the Virginia Wine Expo are nonrefundable.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend all Expo events, except the Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting