Taste of D.C. Returns; What You Can Expect This Year

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    D.C.'s premier food festival is back with a bang!

    This year, Taste of D.C. (between 9th and 14th streets on Pennsylvania Ave.) will feature more than 50 local restaurants with tastings for as little as $3.

    There will be a variety of live entertainment as well, with musicians such as Sean Paul, Andy Grammer and local act Urban Cartel set to perform.

    The festival will run Oct. 6-8, noon-7 p.m. each day, with participating restaurants such as Station 4 (1101 4th St. SW), Rosa Mexicano (575 7th St. NW), Belga Cafe (514 8th St. SE), Armand's Chicago Pizzeria (226 Massachusetts Ave. NE), Cake Love (1506 U St. NW) and Sprinkles Cupcakes (3015 M St. NW).

    Each restaurant will offer up to four menu items with at least one tasting item for $3 or less. However, foodies are advised to bring cash to the event, because not all restaurants will take credit cards.

    Food truck favorites are also among the lineup, including Tapas Truck, Pho Wheels, Pepe and Surfside

    Beer enthusiasts will enjoy the "Beer Pavilion" with more than 40 local, national and international brews in both tasting ($2-$3)and full pour servings (5-$6).

    Among the events; Ben's Chili Bowl (1213 U St. NW) will be hosting their second annual "World Chili Eating Championship," with three different competitions this year.

    On Saturday, there will be an amateur eating contest at 4:30 p.m., with prizes of up to $300 in cash, and on Sunday there will be two additional competitions, one for professional eaters and one one for members of the military.

    The military "chili chowdown" is part of a special partnership that Taste of D.C. has made with the USO of Metropolitan Washington, to say thank you to the troops and their families.

    The price of admission is $10 at the door (though you can currently purchase them online for less) and includes a complementary glass of wine, soda or Stella Artois beer.

    Children ages 12 and below can get into the event for free with a paying adult, and there will be a "Family Zone" at the festival featuring kid-friendly games and entertainment.