Around Town: DC Beer Festival @ Nationals Park, 11/5/16

DC Beer Festival 2016

It’s time to get excited about another beer festival! The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park on Saturday, November 5th and you should be there.

This year’s festival will feature 75 breweries and over 200 beers (probably enough options for you?), and you can choose between two three-hour sessions (12-3pm or 5-8pm).

Get your tickets here.

Some of the local DC/MD/VA breweries I’ll be seeking to try for the first time include, 7 Locks Brewing (Maryland), Tall Tales Brewery (Maryland), Wild Wolf Brewing (Virginia), Ruhlman Brewery (Maryland) and Old Bust Head Brewing (Virginia).

This festival will have a lot of local breweries plying their brews, the most they’ve ever had, including some of our favorite DC standbys like 3 Stars Brewing, Atlas Brew Works, Right Proper and Hellbender Brewery.

From the limited list of beers on tap released so far, I’m looking at Ruhlman’s Holiday Brew, Stone’s Encore 6th Anniversary Porter and 3 Stars’ Nectar of the Bogs to definitely pour down my gullet.

Food options include food trucks like Urban Poutine, Peruvian Brothers, Red Hook Lobster Pound, PhoWheels, Rio Churrasco, Balkanik Taste and more. There will also be games, DJs and you get to hang out in Nationals Park.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

DC Beer Festival 2016
Nationals Park
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Two Sessions: 12-3pm and 5-8pm

Around Town: Curbside Cookoff @ Storey Park, 10/15/16

Captain Cookie food truckCaptain Cookie will be at Curbside Cookoff 2016 (Photo Credit: majunznk)

This year’s Curbside Cookoff takes place at Storey Park in NoMa. A veritable feast of food truck options, Curbside Cookoff seeks to give you food and entertainment while supporting a good cause, No Kid Hungry.

Besides food trucks and drinks, come out for the live music, vendors, artists and more.

Get your tickets now. A general entry ticket gets you entry and four tastings and a drink.

Curbside Cookoff 2016
Storey Park (NoMa)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
All ages (21+ to drink)

Around Town: Taste of DC @ Penn Ave NW, 10/8 & 10/9/16

20121006-OC-LSC-0249Taste of DC (Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

On October 8th and 9th, take a trek down to Pennsylvania Ave NW for the annual Taste of DC.

The 2016 edition will feature over 60 restaurants, along with live music, food demonstrations and tastings of over 100 beers and wines. Also look out for the Ben’s Chili Bowl chili eating contest…

The food options will be as diverse as you might want, from Croatian to BBQ to ice cream to Italian to Indian to Mexican to sushi to Turkish and beyond. There will be a Bier Garten with 50 beers. Five oz. tastes range from $2-4.

You can choose from a few ticket options, from the basic $20 General Admission (includes drink voucher, $10 towards food) all the way up to the $60 Tastemaker (free drink samples, $25 voucher, special access, etc.). They also have the Tastemaker Plus that gives you access to behind the scenes sessions like women in the food industry or local distilleries, among others.

Get your tickets here.

Taste of DC 2016
Pennsylvania Ave NW (between 3rd St – 7th St)
Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9
Sat: 1-8pm
Sun: 11am-6pm
All ages

Around Town: Last Truckaroo of 2016 @ Fairgrounds, 9/16/16

Truckaroo in DCTruckaroo 2016

Friday, September 16th is your last chance for Truckaroo this year!

The final entry of this monthly food truck festival takes place at the Fairgrounds near Nationals Park.

Get lunch or dinner or a snack or cold treats all day!

There is no Nationals game that day, but still plenty of excuses to get down there. For example, a few interesting food trucks I may consider, include Arepa Zone, Capital Chicken & Waffles (now I want some) and Popped! Republic (also craving popcorn). But there are plenty more options!

Truckaroo 2016 #6
Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, September 16, 2016
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

List of Food Trucks

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Around Town: Truckaroo #5 @ Fairgrounds, 8/19/16

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National Geographic recently gave Truckaroo the nod as the best Food Festival in DC (they picked the best for each state).

Whether you agree with that assessment or not, the question is, what are you going to do about it?

Head down to the Fairgrounds and give the second-to-last Truckaroo of the year a try. See what Nat Geo is on about. That’s what I would do.

The last Truckaroo of 2016 will be September 16th, only two more chances!

Truckaroo 2016 #5
Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, August 19, 2016
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

List of Food Trucks
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Around Town: Truckaroo #4 @ Fairgrounds, 7/8/16

Truckaroo DC

Truckaroo is here. 27 food trucks wrangled together in one spot for your eating pleasure!

Friday, July 8th, come down to the Fairgrounds, near Nationals Park, and wade through the myriad of food truck options.

Defeat the humidity with cool sweets at Carmen’s Italian Ice or The Orange Cow. Or come for lunch (opens at 11am) or dinner or a late snack (closes at 11pm). There will be music, games and adult beverages as well.

I’m going to try to make it this time. I’ll likely pick between Urban Poutine and Due South, as two food trucks I have yet to try.

Future Truckaroo dates are August 19 and September 16.

Truckaroo 2016 #4
Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, July 8
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages + dogs

List of Food Trucks

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Around Town: Day of the Dog @ Congressional Cemetery, 5/7/16


This Saturday is the 4th Annual Day of the Dog at the Congressional Cemetery.

There is a 5K Race and Fun Run available in the morning. Register here.

Then there will be activities for people and their pups, along with food trucks and beer. Towards the end of the celebration, there will be a raffle with plenty of prizes.

There will also be a tour of the Congressional Cemetery, a place I’ve always meant to visit but haven’t made it yet.

Atlas Brew Works
Port City

Food trucks!
Big Cheese
Doug the Food Dude
Dangerously Delicious Pies

Lots and lots. And many are available to adopt!


Day of the Dog
Congressional Cemetery
Saturday, May 7
Free Admission (pay for food, beverages and the 5K)
All ages + dogs

Food Park: Return of Truckaroo @ Fairgrounds, 4/15/16

Red Hook Lobster Pound Food TruckRed Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck

Food trucks have definitely lost a step in the popularity department over the last couple years. The hipsters have moved on to the new, shiny thing and now food trucks are ‘simply there’, serving good food (most of the time) and acting as a proper business.

Once a month in the summer, over 20 food trucks circle together in the Fairgrounds space near Nationals Park to dish up some of the best in DC’s food truck options. There is also live music, adult beverages and games like cornhole.

Open from 11am to 11pm, it’s good for lunch, happy hour and dinner!

Some notable tasty food trucks:

  • CapMac
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • Surfside

Food trucks I may need to try:

  • Tacos Matadores
  • Urban Poutine (Oh Canada, help us get on the cheese curds and gravy truck…err train)
  • Due South

See the full food truck list here.


Truckaroo 2016
Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, April 15
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

Food Park: Taste of DC @ Penn Ave NW, 10/10 & 10/11/15

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Time to get out of the house after last week’s hurricane ‘scare’. The weather should be just fine this weekend.

We have the annual Taste of DC along Pennsylvania Avenue both Saturday and Sunday.

Almost 60 restaurants and 10 food trucks will be doling out their delicious food concoctions. Each will have one item between $1 and $3, plus more robust offerings for $8 or less.

There will be music (see the band schedule), a Cocktail Corner, a Wine Walk, and a Beer Garden with plenty of breweries (see the list).

Buy tickets here. General admission also gets you one free drink and a coupon for a free ShopHouse bowl (for later use).

Taste of DC
Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between 3rd St – 7th St)
Saturday, October 10 and 11
$20 general admission ($40 for Drink Lovers Package – adds $25 in drink tickets)
All ages (ID required)

Food Park: The Last Truckaroo in 2015 @ Fairgrounds, 10/9/15

Far East Taco GrillTacos are good (Far East Taco Grill)

Food Trucks were all the rage in 2011 and 2012. And as some of the good ones came and went (like the Fojol Brothers’ three trucks) and new ones took their place, the allure of newness, the beat of a trend started to fade.

Just because food trucks aren’t the latest and greatest fad, doesn’t mean there aren’t still good eating options available.

Quite the opposite. Many of the food trucks parlayed their success into brick and mortar establishments. Like DC Empanada and TaKorean at Union Market or Chupacabra Taqueria or Sol Mexican Grill on H Street NE or Far East Taco Grill on the edge of Capitol Hill NE. Hint: Tacos. Invest in tacos.

There is no better forum to explore the current crop of food trucks in one place then at the monthly Truckaroo festival held at the Fairgrounds (near Nationals Park). Even though the Nationals’ season has ended, there is still at least one reason to head down to this SE neighborhood.

This Friday, October 9, marks the last Truckaroo of 2015.

Don’t miss out. There will be music and games and look for some of the good options among the 20+ trucks, like:

  • BONMi
  • Korean BBO Box
  • Tapas Truck
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound

and one I’m curious about: Urban Poutine.

Fairgrounds (M St and Half St SE) near the Nationals Park
Friday, October 9
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages