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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 the spectacular revitalized Main Street Station first floor railway depot underneath the "shed", this extraordinarily fun, indulgent, food, wine and whiskey event, which sold out its first two years, has been dramatically enhanced in 2018 with a cool venue that will allow our chefs to smoke on-site and present an extraordinary array of traditional, new and innovative smoked dishes representing cuisines from regions around the U.S. and the world. Enjoy live music from Quatro na Bossa! All-inclusive. NOTE: At this VIP/Early session, special wines and whiskeys will be presented that will not be available to attendees during the General session.

Tim Smith, star of Discovery Channel's 'Moonshiners', will be at SMOKED! to promote his products, Climax Moonshine and Wood-Fired Whiskey.

Scroll down to read the incredible list of whiskeys you'll taste.

This event emphasizes global smoked cuisine, provided by some of Richmond's premier restaurants, pitmasters and pitmistresses, wines from Virginia, Oregon, Australia and New Zealand, and whiskeys from Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Scotland.  You may go station to station grazing on the smoked cuisine, imbibing wine and/or whiskey (the food, wines and whiskeys are included in the ticket price) while enjoying live music.

Food selections will run the gamut and will satisfy meat-lovers and vegetarians.  Most selections will have a smoked element to them.  There will be some non-smoked selections as well.

Expect a finely-curated selection of top-shelf whiskeys and top-scoring wines.   Some Virginia wines will be poured by winery representatives (these Virginia wines may be purchased by the bottle), while some Virginia and all of the Oregon, Australia and New Zealand wine will be poured by knowledgable wine volunteers.  The whiskeys will be poured by knowledgable spirits-industry trade or volunteers. 

BUY EARLY - the new location for SMOKED! is gorgeous but has limited capacity. 

Belmont Butchery Pig Demo + Auction

In partnership with Autumn Olive Farms in Waynesboro, VA, Food Network "Chopped" champion, Tanya Cauthen, owner of Richmond's 'Belmont Butchery' in Carytown, will walk through and describe the steps of breaking down a whole or half pig into usable cooking parts.  After the LIVE demo, with the parts on display, attendees may then purchase the parts on a first come, first served sale. Participants can either choose to take their purchases away with them at SMOKED! or choose to pickup at Belmont Butchery the following day. There will be a valet ticket system in place to keep purchases assigned.  

Please note that from a craft beverage standpoint, this is a hybrid event which emphasizes wine and whiskey equally.  It is not a substitute for the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, which feature hundreds of bottles of Virginia, Oregon, Australia and New Zealand wine and Virginia spirits.

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of three different combo deals.  Those packages, found on the ticket page, are as follows:

1.  Friday Blowout!

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $185.  Combo deal is $155, saving $30.

2.  VIP Weekend

  • Friday night VIP/Early SMOKED! + 
  • Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting +

        Cost to buy these events a la carte is $200.  Combo deal is $165, saving $35.

3.  VIP Weekend Bounty

  • Friday night VIP/Early SMOKED! + 
  • Saturday VIP/Early Afternoon Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday Bounty of Virginia

Buying the events a la carte costs $285.  Combo deal is $235, saving $50.

Please go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom to find these combo deals.

Additional Insights for VIP/Early Admission SMOKED!

  • NOTE: At this VIP/Early session, special wines and whiskeys will be presented that will not be available to attendees during the General session.
  • Get a one hour head start on General ticket-holders.
  • Keep a crystal wine/whiskey glass (for use with all beverages).
  • Live music will be heard throughout the evening.
  • ALL the food, wine, whiskey, and a few craft beers are included in this event.
  • The menu will include some non-smoked items and vegetarian selections.
  • There will be a Cigar Lounge conveniently located just outside Main Street Station.
  • SMOKED! is primarily a tasting event; other than some Virginia wines, the other beverages will not be available for sale.   
  • There will be seating available.
  • Casual or smart casual attire is recommended.
  • Please note that SMOKED! is not a substitute for the Saturday and Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tastings, where hundreds of Virginia, New Zealand, Australia and Oregon wines plus Virginia spirits will be available to taste.   From a craft beverage standpoint, SMOKED! is a hybrid event featuring extraordinary wine and whiskey.

All inclusive.  Price covers food & drink.  There will be a tremendous amount of food and beverages.  You may enjoy as much food and craft beverages as you like.  21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the VIP Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special. 

Benefits Richmond Performing Arts Alliance.

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