Around Town: H Street NE Festival, 9/17/16

H Street NE View of H Street NE (Photo by IntangibleArts)

This year’s H Street Festival takes place on Saturday, September 17th and will feature over 250 vendors, plying their food, drinks, wares and activities.

It will span a lengthy 10 blocks (bigger every year) between 4th St. NE and 14th St. NE.

Look out for the music, the beer gardens, a pie eating contest, dance performances, fashion shows, a DC Comics superhero costume contest and much more.

The festival won Washington City Paper’s Best Community Festival six years running. It does get quite crowded, with estimates of 125,000 adventurers from last year!

There is also a handy app from H Street Main Street you can download, to ensure you don’t miss anything. Search for and download ‘H Street Main Street’ from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

UPDATE on 9/15/16: The Festival app has been updated with performance/music stage locations, lineups and times. Looks like there will be nine stages and something for everyone. Download the app now. You can also find the schedule of performances here.

H Street Festival 2016
H Street NE (between 4th St. and 14th St. blocks)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
12:00-7:00pm
Free (pay for food, drink and shopping)
All ages

Don’t Miss: The Emporiyum DC @ Union Market (Dock 5), 11/14 & 11/15/15

EmporiyumYou can eat THIS!

Food. One word is all it takes to get most of us excited.

It might be a particular cuisine or style or dish (of the moment), but just the thought of it will cause you to perk right up.

Well, you are luck. No matter what you’re jonesing for at this particular moment, they are sure to have it at The Emporiyum at Union Market on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th.

Over 75 vendors will offer some delicious food option for you to sample. And drinks I guess. And maybe some shopping if that’s what you’re in to.

But really, go for the food!

 

The Emporiyum DC
Dock 5 @ Union Market
Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15
10:00am-3:00pm (depending on ticket)
$15 (1:00pm Entry), $25 (11:00am Entry), $40 (VIP, 10:00am Entry)
All ages

Food Park: The Smithsonian Food History Festival, 10/24/15

Ingredients for Pipian (Pumpkin Seed) Dip & Texas Table Salsa

While you’re pondering what to have for lunch, remember that Saturday, October 24th, The Smithsonian will host a Food History Festival at The National Museum of American History.

What is a Food History Festival?

Well, expect lots of live cooking demonstrations (innovating salsas and guacamole or Oaxacan cooking, anyone?), book signings from authors of a culinary persuasion, agricultural displays, hands-on activities at the Spark!Lab and the Victory Garden, and a few film screenings and discussions. The documentary film, Farmland, following six young American farmers looks to be interesting.

Check out the full schedule.

Even if you don’t like food (please, you love it), this still affords you the excuse to visit The National Museum of American History once again!

 

The Smithsonian Food History Festival
The National Museum of American History
Saturday, October 24
10:00am-5:30pm
Free
All ages

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

20121006-OC-LSC-0249Taste of DC

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
12:00pm-7:00pm
$20 general admission ($40 for Drink Lovers Package – adds $25 in drink tickets)
All ages (ID required)

Food Park: Discover the History of Food @ National Geographic and the Smithsonian

El sabor de México // Bodegón de Chiles
Do you like spicy food?

One thing we can all agree on. We have to eat. We like to eat. Whether it’s on the cheap, or healthy, or five star spicy, or an indulgently expensive tasting menu, we like our food. We all have our favorites.

But what do we really know about the food we consume? Why do we eat this and not that?

What do you know about the history of food?

Both National Geographic and the Smithsonian are doubling down that you care to discover the answers, through a range of classes, exhibits and a TV Show.

Here’s a taste:

Food: Our Global Kitchen (Exhibition)
National Geographic Museum
Through February 22, 2015
Open Daily, 10am – 6pm
Included with Museum admission ($11)
All ages

This exhibition illuminates how our world eats and the future of food. There are sections about growing, transporting, cooking, eating and tasting. There is also opportunities to taste seasonal treats in the working kitchen, cook a virtual meal, see rare artifacts and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history.

The Test Kitchen is open 11am – 4pm, with the upcoming themes:

January 19-February 1: Soups and Stews
February 2-15: Chocolate
February 16-22: Spice of Life

Eat: The Story of Food (TV Show)
National Geographic Channel

Nat Geo has also produced a six-part mini-series, showing us how food has driven nearly everything we’ve ever done as a species.

Two episodes air tonight, 1/14, at 9pm on the National Geographic Channel.

Food: American History After Hours (Series of courses)
Presented by the National Museum of American History
Warner Brothers Theater at National Museum of American History
12-part Monthly series
6 – 8:30pm
$40

Evenings of food, drinks and conversation that connect with the past to make sense of the present and shape the future of food.

January 23: Brewing Up History
Join for a beer talk and tasting featuring Bluejacket brewery’s Greg Engert and beer historian Mike Stein as they discuss the art and science of brewing. Enjoy food and beer samples, book signings, and rarely exhibited brewing history collections objects out-of-storage.

Tickets for January.

February 26: The Craft Distilling (Re)Revolution
Join author James Rodewald, author of American Spirit: An Exploration of the Craft Distilling Revolution, in discussion with DC’s own Derek Brown and Michael Lowe of Green Hat Gin as they explore the current and historic revolutions in American distilling. Enjoy food, cocktails, and book signings and see rarely exhibited cocktail history collections objects.

Tickets for February.

See full schedule of the American History After Hours series.

Are you hungry yet?