On Columbus Day weekend, five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue near the Federal Triangle Metro station will shut down as Taste of D.C. revs up.
Featuring more than 60 popular D.C. restaurants, with 50 beers and 50 wines plus entertainment, Taste of D.C. will let Washingtonians and their friends binge-eat through an evolving list of restaurants in a central locale.
A long list of participating restaurants includes Central Michel Richard, Luke's Lobster, Rocklands and Woodlands Vegan Bistro, plus food trucks like Captain Cookie and Big Cheese. (See the full list here.)
Never been? Here's how it all works: A general admission ticket ($10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6-12; free for kids under five) gets you access into the fest and a virtual goody bag (i.e., online coupons for local restaurants and event sponsors).
But you'll still need to pony up for food and drinks. Each restaurant will dish out a sampling of one to four items priced for purchase at $1-$3. All restaurants take cash and some will even take credit cards, but think farmers' market and be prepared with cash.
As for beverages, individual tickets cost $1, with drinks "costing" several tickets each. If you buy a 25-pack of drink tickets, Taste of D.C. knocks off $5 for a deal of $20. At the Stella Artois Beer Garden & Music Stage, you can sample the beer in five- or 14-ounce full pours. You'll find wine in the Wine Walk, with pours of one or five ounces.
The fest runs from noon to 7 p.m. on both Oct. 12 and 13.
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