Every food aficionado will be in pseudo-heaven Saturday at the 20th Annual Taste of Bethesda. The fest features fare from more than 50 restaurants in the Maryland area; expect everything from Indian and Thai to Italian and Spanish. Tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four for $5; each serving of food will "cost" anywhere from one to four tickets. Luckily, this event has ample free parking so it’s OK to bring the car.
The Taste of Bethesda takes place in the Woodmont Triangle area. There will be stages set up along every street, showcasing swing and Motown at the Fairmont stage; funk, jump and blues at the St. Elmo stage; Latin and Afro-funk at the Cordell stage, and jazz and alternative in Veterans Park.
The Taste of Bethesda is held in conjunction with the Best of Bethesda Day, which benefits the Children’s Inn at The National Institute of Health.
Here are just a few highlights from the menu:
Angeethi Authentic Indian Cuisine – Samosas, kabob, tandoori & butter chicken
Austin Grill - Carnitas & red snapper tacos, wings
Bangkok One Thai - Pad Thai, nam ya, fried rice, Thai iced tea
Divino Lounge & Restaurant - Argentine sausage, steak, paellas
Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle - Shepherd's pie, beef brisket
Mia's Pizzas - Brickoven pizza
The Original Pancake House - Nutella crepes, lemon crepes
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse -Tenderloin, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach
Tommy Joe's Restaurant - Mini burgers, mini crab balls
Trader Joe's - Chicken gyoza, Asian slaw with peanut dressing
Union Jack's - Strongbow wings, drunken chicken, bread pudding
Visions Restaurant - Crab cakes, lemonade, crab macaroni & cheese