Annual Food Events in the Washington, DC Area

One of the best market ideas for an up-and coming restaurant or any business, is to have samples of your work available for people to see. It gives everyone the chance to try-out the product, before spending their hard earned money on it. In hospitality management industry, Chefs and local restaurants have the opportunity to promote themselves as well as the business at culinary and food tasting events.

Now that the Taste of DC will no longer be held in our Nation’s Capital, there are other notable food tasting and culinary events available that will now take the place of one of the most popular events in the Washington, DC Area.

Mount Vernon’s Wine Festival & Sunset Tours
George Washington Parkway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

October 6-8
6pm – 9pm

For those people into wine and an elegant atmosphere, the Mount Vernon Wine may be an event you should look into. On the lawn of George Washington’s Mount Vernon mansion, will be live music and a beautiful view of the Potomac River. All guest get the opportunity to taste all different kinds of wine from vineries such as the Oasis, Rebec, and Veramar vineyards. Tours of the Mount Vernon mansion as well as the wine cellar are also available. Tickets for this event are $25 and may be purchased at

For more information on this event, call 703-780-2000.

Taste of Bethesda
October 7, 2006
11am – 4pm

Similar to the ‘Taste of DC’ the Taste of Bethesda is an annual event held for one day with tons of restaurant representatives promoting their business. The event will be held in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, consisting of Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues. The admission to the Taste of Bethesda is free, but you will need to purchase a ticket in order to taste various foods. Each ticket cost $5 and some tables may charge from 1-3 tickets for tasting.

I’ve been to Taste of Bethesda once. I really enjoyed tasting all different kinds of food, but it was pretty hard to do so due to the large crowd. Make sure you arrive early enough to have the opportunity to taste at your own pace and comfort.

Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
November 3-5

Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001

General Admission: $20.00 for Adults; $10.00 for Children 6-12; Free admission for children under 5 years old.

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show is an event for those interested in culinary arts. This fabulous show was founded by Denise Medved, an author of several cookbooks. Her goal is to bring exciting and innovative ideas to everyone who enjoys cooking as much as she does. Medved has formed a team of vendors, chefs, caterers, and special food companies to create a fun atmosphere for adults as well as children.

What’s on Tap?

From the Food Network’s new show ‘Road Tasted’, Jamie and Bobbie Dean will appear at this event. On Road Tasted, the Deen brothers, sons of the famous Paula Deen, travels all across the country searching for creative and innovative dishes from family-owned and food businesses. The Deen brothers, as well as other notable chefs across the country, will be demonstrating new dishes, recipe’s, and cooking tips on stage throughout this event.

Hands-on Experience

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience, learning new recipes and tips from chefs as they cook their own meal.

More Demos

Culinary demonstrations are not the only demonstrations on hand at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment show. Table decorating as well as flower arrangement demonstrations are also available.

* Admission for different events within the show may vary. Please check website for details.

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