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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Virginia Beach

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Virginia Beach, VA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Virginia Beach's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Virginia Beach. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Virginia Beach, VA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Virginia Beach,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Virginia Beach, VA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Virginia Beach will start school before Labor Day next year for the first time

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Next summer will be shorter for returning Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students, because school will be starting earlier than usual.VBCPS has already posted its calendar for the 2023-2024 school year, which shows the first day of school as Monday, August 28, 2023 — one week before the Labor Day holiday....

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Next summer will be shorter for returning Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students, because school will be starting earlier than usual.

VBCPS has already posted its calendar for the 2023-2024 school year, which shows the first day of school as Monday, August 28, 2023 — one week before the Labor Day holiday.

The Virginia Beach School Board made this decision in March.

“This earlier start… provides a small head start for courses associated with IB and AP testing. While better aligning with districts around the state and our nation,” said Dr. Eugene Soltner, who at the time of the decision was the VBCPS Chief Schools Officer.

A survey came back with 64% favoring starting school pre-Labor Day. The Friday before Labor Day will also be a holiday.

Both the Virginia Beach Hotel Association and Virginia Beach Restaurant Association opposed the change. Virginia law barred pre-Labor Day School starts until 2019. Virginia Beach City Council threw their support behind keeping the start time after Labor Day.

“We were told by school board members that it was coming, really one day or another. We are glad there is at least a four-day Labor Day weekend. We will still have a great Labor Day weekend,” John Zirkle, president of the VBHA, said.

Peninsula public school districts started before Labor Day for the first time this school year. WAVY was there for the big day for students and staff.

All southside school systems, though, kept their calendars with a start date after the holiday this year.

10 On Your Side reached out to the other southside school spokespersons to ask if they are considering an earlier start date. None have posted next year’s calendars yet.

We heard back from Lauren Nolasco with Portsmouth Schools. She confirmed the division’s Calendar Committee is evaluating a change to future school calendars by looking into starting the school year before the Labor Day holiday. She said later this month, students, staff and families will have the opportunity to weigh in on the potential change through a survey, much like Virginia Beach did. When we get a link to that survey, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Virginia Beach City Council defers vote on 5-cent plastic bag tax again

The tax would apply to each plastic bag provided to customers in grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. It would start on Jan. 1, 2023.VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach City Council was set to vote Tuesday night on a five-cent disposable plastic bag tax, but instead decided to defer the vote until December 6.The tax, which advocates say would help reduce pollutio...

The tax would apply to each plastic bag provided to customers in grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. It would start on Jan. 1, 2023.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach City Council was set to vote Tuesday night on a five-cent disposable plastic bag tax, but instead decided to defer the vote until December 6.

The tax, which advocates say would help reduce pollution, would apply to each plastic bag provided to customers in grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. The stores would get to keep one cent of the amount collected as a "retailer discount."

If enacted, it would start on Jan. 1, 2023.

The tax aims to discourage the use of plastic bags, which often end up as pollution in waterways, parks and streets.

The revenue will be used for environmental cleanup, education programs for reducing environmental waste, mitigation of pollution and litter and reusable bags for SNAP and WIC recipients.

The vote was supposed to take place on July 5, but the council already deferred it once to Sept. 6, allowing City Manager Patrick Duhaney to create a report on if the tax is the best way to help the environment.

However, city council choose to defer the vote again Tuesday night. Councilmembers Barbara Henley and Guy Tower both voted to postpone the vote again in order to investigate other more comprehensive plans.

"We hope that we are going to propose some suggestions that we can get out there to comprehensively address the problem of litter in our waterways so that it's not just this one small segment of plastic bags," said Henley.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), one of the leading groups in support of the tax, said plastic bags are harmful to wildlife, clog storm drains and break down into microplastics that people and animals consume.

"In Virginia Beach, our economy and quality of life depend on keeping our beaches and waterways clean," CBF's Lisa Renee Jennings said in a July statement. "By making a simple switch to reusable bags, people would both avoid the fee while making Hampton Roads an even more beautiful place to live."

During the July 5 City Council meeting, several people spoke against the tax, citing the hassle and other economic concerns.

"With ongoing inflation, sourcing and supply chain challenges, we currently need flexibility in our approach to addressing single-use plastic bags," Melissa Assalone of the Virginia Food Industry Association told council members.

"It is tone-deaf for you to enact this additional tax or administrative burden on us. Many of us already responsibly reuse these plastic bags," resident Robert Mandigo said.

Bollywood celebrity, thousands of attendees expected as India Fest celebrates 25th year in Hampton Roads

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — For the first time in several years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India Fest is returning to the Tidewater region.And it's a big milestone for the celebration -- the gathering, which is hosted by the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads (AIH), is in its 25th year.AIH itself began in 1979, when several Indian families immigrated to the Tidewater area and wanted to establish a community.Then, Indiafest began in 1994. Bhrani Patel, the...

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — For the first time in several years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India Fest is returning to the Tidewater region.

And it's a big milestone for the celebration -- the gathering, which is hosted by the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads (AIH), is in its 25th year.

AIH itself began in 1979, when several Indian families immigrated to the Tidewater area and wanted to establish a community.

Then, Indiafest began in 1994. Bhrani Patel, the president of AIH, said it was initially held on the campus of Old Dominion University.

Over the years, what had been a gathering of 150 families quickly grew.

The last time the event was held in 2019, roughly 13,000 people came together to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of India.

With more than 24 types of food, authentic clothing and jewelry vendors, and seven native languages represented, the day of celebration is a reminder of the power of diversity and remembering your roots.

"I think it's especially very important for the younger generation to come out to festivals like this and just see, look and explore," Patel said. "At least look and see that there are different cultures out there in the world."

India Fest is open to the whole community, but many families who volunteer and organize are part of a multi-generational effort to share their roots.

"Lots and lots of effort goes in," Patel said. "We have 130 performers under the age of 12, and probably another 70 or 80 that are 12 and older."

Throughout the day, these artists will be taking part in different dances that are native to different regions of India, with colorful costumes and vibrant music.

Grandparents, parents and children will celebrate and pass this tradition down.

"It is important for these kids to see their heritage and know it and be proud of it," Patel said.

While traveling to India would be an unforgettable experience, the celebration brings an authentic taste of it closer to home without having to buy a plane ticket.

Bollywood celebrity Nargis Fakhri will also be in attendance.

India Fest is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

10-year-old Virginia Beach fencer wins gold medal in Peru

Most 10-year-olds spend their last few weeks of summer swimming, hanging out with friends or playing video games.Virginia Beach’s Alexandria Fan, on the other hand, fenced her way into a gold medal with Team USA on Aug. 22 at the Pan American Youth & Veteran Championship in Lima, Peru.She placed first in the Youth B Women’s Saber tournament, followed by her teammates Ellie Kang and Joy Gong also making a spot on the podium.Alexandria’s gold medal was just one of USA Fencing’s 23 gold finishes....

Most 10-year-olds spend their last few weeks of summer swimming, hanging out with friends or playing video games.

Virginia Beach’s Alexandria Fan, on the other hand, fenced her way into a gold medal with Team USA on Aug. 22 at the Pan American Youth & Veteran Championship in Lima, Peru.

She placed first in the Youth B Women’s Saber tournament, followed by her teammates Ellie Kang and Joy Gong also making a spot on the podium.

Alexandria’s gold medal was just one of USA Fencing’s 23 gold finishes. The United States had 72 total medals, skyrocketing the team into first place.

Brazil finished with 16 medals overall, earning its second-place slot. All final results can be found on fencingtimelive.com.

“I had never been to Peru before,” Alexandria said after she returned home. “There were so many countries shouting in different languages the whole time. Most of the time, I was just thinking, ‘What are you guys talking about?’”

Alexandria’s mother and coach, Miracle Qi, couldn’t be prouder with her performance.

“I’m really proud and happy for her. I just felt like, ‘Wow! She really made it,’” Qi said. “Catching the dream is really hard. For Alexandria, it was a fight for herself.”

While Alexandria and Qi live in Virginia Beach, their training ground, Miracle Fencing Club, is located on George Washington Memorial Highway in York County.

Alexandria’s path to her gold medal began in the beginning of August, when Miracle Fencing Club made its mark at the USA Fencing National Championships in Minneapolis. Alexandria’s sixth place finish in the Y-10 Women’s Saber competition was actually her ticket to Peru.

Before coaching, Qi fenced for the Chinese national team. When she moved to America in 2009, she stepped away from the fencing world. Seven years later, she decided to open up York County’s first competitive fencing club.

When Alexandria was 8 years old, she picked up a sword and joined the club.

“When she was real little, she had been with me for a long time. Each time I was training, she always followed me,” Qi said.

October In Virginia Beach: Why This Is The Best Time To Visit

Travelers who plan a getaway to Virginia Beach in October will find that certain vacation-related elements have fallen sharply compared to summer, namely the temperature, the lodging rates, and the crowds. The humidity will have made a hasty retreat, and the mercury rises only to the comfortable mid-70s in early October and to the high-60s later in the month, a nice range for touring around the area and walking the coastline....

Travelers who plan a getaway to Virginia Beach in October will find that certain vacation-related elements have fallen sharply compared to summer, namely the temperature, the lodging rates, and the crowds. The humidity will have made a hasty retreat, and the mercury rises only to the comfortable mid-70s in early October and to the high-60s later in the month, a nice range for touring around the area and walking the coastline.

The summer tourists are long gone, and that makes getting a table at one of Virginia Beach's top restaurants much easier. They'll be no summer traffic snarls, and visitors can choose the best spot on the beach to enjoy the quiet and solitude.

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Accommodation prices are low compared to the high tourist season, falling by up to 80 percent in autumn. It means a wider choice of available rooms and per-night prices of less than $100 at certain hotel brands. Minimum-night requirements that are prevalent in the summer no longer apply at most hotels and inns, making a one- or two-night getaway simple to book, even at short notice.

And yet, with all of these changes, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Virginia Beach when October rolls around.

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Fall Festivals, Fishing Trips Attract Virginia Beach Visitors

Several festivals and events happen in October in Virginia Beach. The sprawling Boardwalk Art Show is a big draw, with artists from across the country showing their fine art creations along the iconic Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Attending the Harvest Festival at the Hunt Club is a great way to celebrate the fall season in Virginia Beach. There are farm tours, pony rides, hayrides, carnival rides, and live music. Visitors can choose their own pumpkins and gourds from the club's pumpkin patch. The Hunt Club also offers a Halloween Festival in late October.

Anglers in the family will be happy to know that the fall months are ideal for offshore and inshore fishing trips, to the open Atlantic Ocean or to the Chesapeake Bay. On the ocean, fishermen land white marlin, swordfish, and tuna, while the inlets of the bay are great for catching flounder, striped bass, and trout.

And speaking of fish, October visitors to Virginia Beach can dine on locally caught oysters. Oysters are best eaten in months that have an “R” in them, making October a perfect opportunity. The delectable bivalves from across the region are found on the menus of many Virginia Beach eateries.

In fact, oyster harvesting goes back hundreds of years in Virginia, which has eight distinct oyster-growing regions. Each region brings its own flavor to the shellfish. For instance, oysters from the Upper Bay Western Shore area are known to have a sweet flavor with a light cream taste, while those from the Upper Bay Eastern Shore are salty and sweet and are said to have a savory finish.

Find Solitude, Fresh Sea Air At A Wide Range Of Beaches

With ocean temperatures averaging 68 degrees in October, Virginia Beach is a top spot for fall surfers, but for those who would rather stay onshore and walk along the coast or plop down in a beach chair and take in the salty air, the area offers multiple choices.

Croatan Beach is a quiet stretch of the Atlantic coast, while the Chesapeake Bay provides miles of beachfront, from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Lynnhaven Inlet. Calm waters are perfect for paddle boarding and swimming, and there are restaurants and bars nearby.

Chic's Beach, on the bay, offers nice views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and in First Landing State Park, visitors can stroll along 1.5 miles of sandy beach. The park is a registered national landmark and also offers 20-plus miles of interpretive trails for hiking and biking.

Resort Beach, located on the three-mile-long Virginia Beach Boardwalk, is perfect for sunbathing or just relaxing, while restaurants, shops, and other boardwalk attractions are just steps away.

Visitors looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Virginia Beach can visit the 9,000-acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, comprised of barrier islands, dunes, marshes, and ponds, along with ocean beaches. It is known for being an ideal kayaking location, and the refuge has a kayak launch site near the visitor center. Visitors can see a wide range of wildlife, including sea turtles, piping plovers, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons, and hike or bike along seven miles of trails.

Other activities at the refuge include beachcombing and birding, and a guided tram tour from the refuge takes tourists into adjacent False Cape State Park, where 15 miles of trails allow walkers or bicyclists to see dunes, oak and pine forests, wooded swamps, and marshes. The state park in October offers an After Dark tram tour, including a one-mile guided hike, and in late October, it presents the night-time Haunted Hike, where a guide will reveal spooky tales about the park, and visitors can hike to the park's eerie cemetery site.

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