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
11am-4pm
$0-55
All ages (21+ to drink)

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Around Town: DC State Fair @ Storey Park, 8/28/16

D.C. State Fair

Let’s get cheeky, we have our own ‘State’ Fair in DC!

It comes to Storey Park in NoMa on Sunday, August 28th.

You can find agriculture and artists and food and music and workshops and contests.

This will be the seventh annual DC State Fair, it started in 2010 at the Columbia Heights Day festival and has been held in different parts of the city since.

Check out the schedule of workshops and music/live performances here.

DC State Fair 2016
Storey Park @ NoMa (1005 First Street, NE)
Sunday, August 28, 2016
11am-8pm
Free Admission (pay for food and beverages)
All ages

Stars and Bars: Drink the District Beer Fest @ Storey Park — 7/30/16

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Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder, goes the famous T-shirt slogan, and it was a beautiful day indeed at Storey Park for the 5th Annual Beer Fest by Drink the District.

Hundreds upon hundreds of attendees enjoyed samples of more than 100 beers, ciders, meads, and more, as the overcast weather made it a simply fabulous time to be outdoors. If I have to stand without cover in Storey Park for an afternoon, I couldn’t have asked for better than the warm but cloudy day we experienced on Saturday.

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Around Town: Beer Fest by Drink the District @ Storey Park, 7/30/16

Beer in DCBeer in DC (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

Oh sweltering and nasty heat, how do we defeat you?

Not possible. But you can knock it down a few pegs, at least for a few hours, by drinking lots of cold, refreshing beer.

Not soon enough, the 5th annual Beer Fest comes to NoMa’s Storey Park on July 30th.

Aside from having the ability to drink as many beers as you want (from over 100 choices) in a four hour window, there will be games and live music and food trucks.

(Note: Updated to reflect the new times.)

5th Annual Beer Fest by Drink the District
Storey Park in NoMa (195 L Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002)
Saturday, July 30, 2016
4-8pm
$35 advance ($45 doors)
21+

Around Town: NoMa Summer Screen @ Storey Park, Begins 6/1/16

NoMA Summer Screen

Every week, starting June 1st, and continuing for 13 weeks, feel free to head down to Storey Park in NoMa and catch an outdoor movie.

The first film will be the epic tale, Raiders of the Lost Ark. If only I was free that day.

Prince Tribute Alert! There will be a special summer screening of Purple Rain on June 7th (the only screening held on a Tuesday).

Movies start as sunset, but get there early with chairs or blankets, because it gets very busy! Doors at 7:00pm.

What movies can you see?

  • June 1: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
  • June 7: Special Screening of Purple Rain – Tuesday
  • June 8: Princess Bride (PG)
  • June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
  • June 22: Jumanji (PG)
  • June 29: Fast Five (PG-13)
  • July 6: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
  • July 13: Life of Pi (PG)
  • July 20: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13)
  • July 27: E.T. (PG)
  • August 3: Apollo 13 (PG)
  • August 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
  • August 17: Jurassic Park PG-13

NoMa Summer Screen Film Series
Storey Park (1005 First Street, NE)
Begins June 1 (through August 17) (Wednesdays)
7:00pm doors (Movie at sunset – around 8:30pm)
Free Admission (pay for food trucks)
All ages

Around Town: VinoFest 2015 @ Storey Park — 5/9/15

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Dwight Weidenhamer (right) was one of the capable wine consultants at VinoFest 2015.

VinoFest is a devilishly simple concept — set up a stage for some bands and curate a range of alluring wines for festival visitors to sample in an accessible place with good elbow room.

And so VinoFest 2015 welcomed a lot of wine and music lovers to Storey Park (1005 First St. NE, DC), essentially a parking lot waiting for mixed use development to occur in NoMa, in its second annual edition on Saturday, May 9. The lot proved spacious, the bands proved entertaining and the wines proved delicious to the hundreds and hundreds of revelers who dropped by.

The festival opened at 3pm for VIP ticketholders and then at 5pm to regular ticketholders. The VIP ticketholders certainly got the better deal. During the first two hours of access, they were able to hit the wine-sampling tent for unlimited small pours of the offerings. After 5pm, guests cashed in an allotted ticket to get a sample of wines from Spain, Australia, California and elsewhere around the world. By 630pm, the lines for wine samples were quite long, proving the popularity of the festival for wine-starved party hoppers.

Wine

With the assistance of wine consultant Dwight Weidenhamer, my party sampled several rather nice wines perfect for the hot summer-like weather. We initially enjoyed the Fritz de Katz Riesling, from Mosel, Germany, which had a wonderfully crisp texture and a medium body.

We also welcomed SeaGlass sauvignon blanc from Santa Barbara, Calif., a slightly acidic, tart wine that nonetheless offered some delightful refuge from the hot day.

Ultimately, however, we were completely won over by the sparkling wines. The Fleuraison Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, made from white Arien grapes from the La Mancha region of Spain, was refreshing with a taste of flowers and a touch of butter. Our absolute favorite proved to be a big surprise — Summer Breeze, a U.S. bottled sparkling wine of Brazilian grapes billed as a “crackling white.” Deliciously dry and cideresque, this wine drew us back for multiple tastings.

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Don’t Miss: VinoFest DC @ Storey Park, 5/9/15

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A pour in the winetasting room at VinoFest DC 2014 (Photo by Sung J. Shin)

After a successful inaugural year in a lot at Union Market, VinoFest, a celebration of music and wine, moves to Storey Park (1005 First St. NE, DC) in NoMa for its second year. More than 1,800 wine and music appreciators attended last year, and the festival aims to grow beyond that in its new space this year.

Vinolovers, an e-commerce and festival experience company, hosts the VinoFest Wine and Music Festival in addition to providing an online wine subscription service with monthly wine deliveries.

The headliner of VinoFest DC 2015 this year is none other than globetrotting DJ Questlove. Here is the full lineup of performers:

Questlove
Trouble Funk
White Ford Bronco
Alison Carney
Alma Tropicalia
Black Masala
DJ Adrian Loving

VinoFest DC 2015 will offer wines from around the world, including local Virginia wines, and classic wine regions such as South Africa, Italy, France and California, in addition underappreciated regions like Brazil, Romania and Greece.

“Most of these will be summery wines… high acidity, lighter alcohol, very easy to drink of a beautiful spring day,” said the organizers of VinoFest.

The festival also will team up with charities, including Make A Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, DC Central Kitchen and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, each of which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the festival.

Tickets are available online. Today, May 5, is the last day for general admission tickets!

Use the hashtag #VINOFESTDC to discuss your experience on social media.

VinoFest DC 2015
Storey Park
Saturday, May 9, 2015
3-10pm
GA, $59.99
VIP, $84.99
Designated driver, $30
21+ to drink