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Banquet Tasting

A banquet tasting license is issued to a business or an individual who is not prohibited from holding an ABC license and wishes to sell or give samples for the purpose of educating the consuming public about the alcoholic beverages being tasted. May be granted up to 12 times per year. Authorizes the sale or complimentary samples of beer, wine or mixed beverages in approved localities. Restrictions apply on amounts and types of alcohol (COV 4.1-221.1).


$40 per day


COV 4.1-206.3 D(1)(d)—Retail licenses
COV 4.1-231.1 A(6)(a)(4)—Fees on state licenses
COV 4.1-233.1 A(6)(a)(4)—Fees on local licenses

Completing the application may take 1530 minutes. Average ABC processing time is 7-10 days. You may also use or download the banquet application (PDF) and follow the instructions listed on the document. View the list of banquet documents (PDF) required to complete the application.

For questions and help related to online licensing system, please contact Virginia ABC at [email protected] or (844) 694-9965.

The information on this page does not in any way replace or supersede what is listed in Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia or Title 3 of the Administrative Code of Virginia. It is the responsibility of every individual or business applying for a license or permit to review, in detail, the applicable sections of the code.
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Special agents are the primary resource for questions related to operating a business with an ABC license. Contact a special agent via your regional ABC office. For step-by-step assistance in banquet licensing, see our Licensing Wizard.


Virginia ABC offers free online training to help managers, sellers and servers to become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations. For more information, contact Community Health & Prevention, (804) 977-7440 or [email protected].

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