And, as we like to say in the business, the countdown to the fun has begun. Get set for more food, wine, beer, food, drinks, entertainment, arts, food, and just plain good wholesome family carousing than you have ever imagined at the 2nd annual Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival this coming Saturday, June 22nd from noon until 6pm, come rain or shine. And may I add, COUPLES, this is a perfect date opportunity.
Enjoy this festival which was such a hit last year. Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries. Local restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, the best main course and the best dessert. This year’s judge panel includes ABC7/WJLA Good Morning Washington News Anchor Scott Thuman, 94.7 Fresh FM Kelly Collis from The Tommy Show, Lisa Shapiro from Dining in DC, and Molly Ahern from DC foodie site The List Are You On It.
(P.S. we LOVE THEM!)
Participating Restaurants and wineries include:
Wineries: Democracy Vineyard, Ducard Vineyards, Athena Vineyards & Winery, Three Fox Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, The Williamsburg Winery, Cobbler Mountain Cellars, Glass House Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyards, Cedar Creek Winery, Ingleside Vineyards, Notaviva Vineyards, Fabbioli Cellars
Restaurants: La Tasca, Walker’s Grille, Clyde’s at Mark Center, Alexandria Cupcake, San Antonio Bar & Grille, Rita’s Ice, Trademark, Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar, Wholefoods, Crepe Deli, and Railstop Gastro Pub (more to be added)
Children’s Corner: This year’s arts and crafts activities are provided by SCRAP DC. Scrap DC is a creative reuse nonprofit serving the Greater DC area. SCRAP DC volunteers will set up in the Children’s Corner with supplies for eco-friendly Make-It Take-It stations.
A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit Alive! Inc. – ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically – an organization of volunteers from more than 40 religious congregations dedicated to helping Alexandrians in need.
This year’s festival sponsors includes: City of Alexandria, Carlyle Community Council, Nova Advertising, Post Properties, Ourisman Ford/ Lincoln of Alexandria, La Tasca, Wholefoods Market, Washington Parent Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine and ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8.
Where: John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria. 300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Cost: This is a FREE event to attend; however tickets are needed to sample food and beverages. Food samples: $15 for 8 taste tickets.
Wine Garden is $10 per person. This gives access to the wine garden with tasting samples from the wineries.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.