Thursday, June 14, 2012

Upcoming Events: Taste of Reston, Summer Fancy Food, Safeway Barbecue Battle and More!

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 22nd Annual Taste of Reston - an event featuring two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages and a Family Fun Zone! This is the largest and most family-friendly event held at the Reston Town Center each year. JUNE 15-16  FRI 3PM-11PM  SAT 12PM-11PM; CARNIVAL CONTINUES ON SUN 10AM-8PM.

Summer Fancy Food Show:  June 17-19th.  Are you in the Food and Beverage industry? Don't get left in the beet dust!  Discover 180,000 specialty foods and beverages from 2,400 exhibitors spanning 80+ countries. Network with thousands of your peers and build new relationships. Learn from industry experts with 20 + educational seminars tastings and tours. Find the most innovative products at the annual sofi™ Awards Ceremony.  Special offer: Get $10 off the $35 badge price until June 15th with this exclusive 4Bitten promo code: WASHDC

Signaling the beginning of summer, June 23rd and 24th, the Safeway Barbecue Battle is one of Washington’s largest and most unique food and music festivals offering the greater DC-area community and visitors a chance to enjoy some of America’s favorite pastimes in the shadow of the Capitol Building.  The two-day festival includes delicious barbecue and taste treats of all kinds from top vendors, plenty of delicious free food samples and two days of non-stop live entertainment, all surrounding one of the nation’s top barbecue cooking competitions. While entertaining so many food, music and fun-lovers, the Safeway Barbecue Battle has also raised over $1.2 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and donated goods and funds to other area charities over the years.  Get your tickets for only $12. 

Alexandria Food and Wine Festival - June 23-24: Sips, slurps, chomps, and laughter will fill the air in Old Town Alexandria in the Carlyle District ( 300 John Carlyle Street) as the local community gathers together to enjoy the diverse restaurants of Alexandria and Virginia’s wineries for the 1st Annual Alexandria Food and Wine Festival. Enjoy this new lively festival, complete with live entertainment, a children’s corner, food and wine tasting, a food demonstration showcase area and a VIP networking reception for our sponsors. Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries, including The Chart House, Indigo Landing, and wineries Mattaponi Winery, Unicorn Winery, Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, and Cedar Creek Winery. Cost: FREE; however tickets are needed to sample food and beverages.  Hours: 12-5 p.m.

The Park Hyatt Washington is hosting a Masters of Food and Wine event on Sunday, June 24th.  The Masters is a seasonal culinary experience saluting the ingredients, flavors, and talents of local chefs, regional artisans and producers and will feature a farm-fresh breakfast, educational cooking demonstration, highlighting the seasons best ingredients, and walking tour of the famed Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market.  

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