Our Ultimate Guide to Summer Food Festivals Around DC

by Lionel Casey

Taste of Reston
When: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15
Where: Reston Town Center (11900 Market St., Reston)
Sample jambalaya, gyros, and bird tikka masala from 24 eating places around Northern Virginia. Stop with the aid of the Wine n’ Dine booth to trap cooking demonstrations through neighborhood chefs and to take a culinary memento domestic. The festival is free to enter, and meals might be for sale at person eating place cubicles.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
When: Saturday, June 15
Where: National Harbor (804 National Harbor Blvd., National Harbor)
This pageant excursions the united states of America with a line-up of ribs, brisket, and other smoked meats. Wash down barbeque and fixings with limitless bourbon and beer samples, thanks to the greater than 40 participating distilleries and breweries. The competition is spreading the smoky gospel on the “Shrine of Swine,” wherein pitmasters will serve pulled red meat all day lengthy. $35-$46.

Indian Vegetarian Food Festival
When: Sunday, June 16
Where: Freer Plaza (Jefferson Dr. And twelfth St., SW)
Work up an urge for food earlier than this loose pageant with yoga at the Washington Monument, courtesy of the Embassy of India. Then head over to Freer Plaza where neighborhood carriers will serve vegetarian dishes from across the Indian subcontinent.

DC Filipino Food Festival
When: Saturday, June 22
Where: District Pier at the Wharf (one zero one District Sq., SW)
This free event, presented by the Embassy of the Philippines, showcases Filipino flavors from restaurants like Kaliwa, Daikaya, and Tiger Fork. Purchase tasting tickets to sample dishes like lumpia, and catch musical performances by means of the waterfront.

National Capital Barbecue Battle
When: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
Where: Pennsylvania Ave. Among Third and Seventh sts., NW
Brisket, ribs, and sausage are at the meaty menu at this annual occasion in which pitmasters vie for prizes. Who will win the first-class barbeque sauce award? Or reign because of the beef shoulder champion? They’ll also maintain cooking demonstrations. Fans of the once a year Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest can capture a qualifying healthy to see who will represent the DMV inside the 4th of July competition. $15-$30.

Purcellville Wine & Food Festival
When: Saturday, July thirteen
Where: Dillon’s Woods inside the Fireman’s Field Complex (250 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville)
Wine fanatics can channel their inner sommelier for the day, sampling varietals from wineries around Virginia. Grab a bite from local meals vendors even as you capture the live artwork demonstrations and musical performances. $5-$250.

When: Friday, June 28, Friday, July 19, Friday, August 2, and Friday, August 23
Where: Half Street Fairgrounds (25 M St., SE)
Navy Yard’s unfastened month-to-month festival brings collectively several DC meals trucks. The numerous offerings range from Red Hook Lobster Pound’s Maine-fashion lobster rolls to Pho Wheel’s banh mi sandwiches. Food is for purchase at every truck.

Brew at the Zoo
When: Thursday, July 18
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW)
Attendees can sip bottomless brews from 70 breweries, including nearby manufacturers like Right Proper Brewing Company and ANXO Cider. Lions and tigers received’t are the most effective animals on view: the zoo has dubbed this season “Dino Summer,” and a new out of doors dinosaur showcase manner you may improve a pitcher with prehistoric buddies. $30-$a hundred twenty-five.

Washingtonian BBQ & Brew
When: Thursday, July 25
Where: Transit Pier on the Wharf
Sure, the District might not be known for its personal distinct fish fry style. But you oughtn’t to tour for Texas brisket and vinegary east Carolina sauce, thanks to the bevy of neighborhood ‘cue joints at this birthday celebration. There could be local beers to go along with the meats. $50-$65.

All American Beer Festival
When: Saturday, August three
Where: The Fairgrounds (1299 Half St., SE)
Sample beers from the sea (Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company) to shining sea (DC Brau). 33 breweries will offer limitless tastings, and there might be meals vans for sustenance. $25-$forty.

DC Veg Fest
When: Sunday, August 11
Where: Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St., SE)
At the largest vegan pageant on the East Coast—free to attend—food carriers serve a bevy of vegan bites like “bird” and waffles. Tiny vegans can catch cooking demonstrations on the Kids Zone, and speakers include Washington Post meals editor Joe Yonan and author Tracye McQuirter.

Watermen’s Appreciation Day
When: Sunday, August eleven
Where: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels)
The principal event at this nautical festival is the “watermen’s rodeo,” a boat docking competition with bleacher-style seating. Steamed crabs may be available for purchase, at the side of other warm climate favorites like hot puppies, corn on the cob, and ice cream. $18.

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