Every friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy.  This weekend there are some great events to attend.

Cochon 555

5 Chefs, 5 Pigs and 5 Winemakers.  Each chef will prepare a 70 lb heritage pig from head to toe for judges and the crowd.  In the end the judges and the crowd determine the winner.  The 5 chefs are Nicholas Stefanelli – Mio, Brian McBride – Blue Duck Tavern, Jamie Leeds – Commonwealth Gastropub, RJ Cooper – Vidalia and John Manolatos – Cashion’s Eat Place.

There will also be 5 winerys there pairing their wines with the chefs creations.  Winerys that are attending Patz & Hall, Pax Wine Cellears, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Arcadian Winery, Miner Family Vineyards.

It is going to be a great time.  Plus, its pork.  Who doesn’t love pork.  For tickets and more information click here.

Spike’d Sundays – (Sunday May 31)

Former “Top Chef” Spike Mendelsohn hosts this summer-long pool party, with burgers, drinks and swimming.  Located at  Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel,  10 I St SW,  Washington, DC.  Entry is $10 and includes a Spike Burger.

Herndon Festival – (Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31)

This festival includes 23 different food vendors including:

A Southern Fish FryFish & ChipsFood Court
Bon AppetitMediterraneanFood Court
The Original Cinnamon Roasted AlmondsDessert Crepes/Roasted NutsLynn St
Council for the Arts of HerndonBeer and FoodCafe
D&J ConcessionsTurkey Leg/SausagesLynn St
Domino’s PizzaPizzaCafe
Jimmy’s Old Town TavernCajunCafe
John the GreekGreekLynn St
Mac Brand FoodsSteak & Cheese/Corn DogLynn St
Mediterranean GrillFajita/Taco SaladFood Court
Optimist HerndonBeer and FoodCafe
Papa John’s PizzaPizzaLynn St
PopcornMan.comKettle CornALynn St
Premiere Hospitality Inc.SuperburgerLynn St
Robeks Fruit SmoothiesSmoothiesStation St
Sherri’s Fun FoodsCrab CakesFood Court
Red Hot & BlueBBQLynn St.
Taste of the WorldAsianCafe
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.RootbeerStation St
Three Thai SushiThaiFood Court
Rotary Club of HerndonBeer and FoodCafe
Cast Iron ConcessionsFunnel CakesLynn St
Coco Bongos

The festival is located in downtown Herdon, VA and has fireworks @9:30 on Sunday.
Click here for more information.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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