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.

National Harbor Food and Wine Festival – Saturday and Sunday (June 6-7)

The National Harbor, rising along the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, just across the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Alexandria, Va., again hosts the area’s premier gustatory weekend
celebration: The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor on Saturday, June 6, noon to 8 p.m. and
Sunday, June 7, noon to 6 p.m.   This is the second year the festival and it includes a food panel moderated by Bon Appe’tit editor and chief Barbara Fairchild and a trio of Top Chef’s Carla Hall, Spike Mendelsohn and Ariane Duarte. 

This years theme is, “Think Global. Taste Local,” the festival will feature celebrity chef
cooking demonstrations, culinary discussions, children’s activities, interactive opportunities and
over 100 exhibitors. These include a selection of the Chesapeake region’s many diverse restaurants,
food crafters, wineries, and a Belgian brewery.

General admission is $65 for adults 21 years and older, $30 for those ages 12-20 and $15 for those
ages 6-11. Children under 5 are free. To buy tickets, go to www.foodandwinenh.com. All major
credit cards are accepted. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit The Erikka A. Hayes
Foundation, offering opportunities in the hospitality and foodservice industries to economically and
socially disadvantaged individuals.

Look for me at the food and wine festival.  Twitter me if you are there. 

Celebrate Fairfax – Friday through Sunday (June 5-7)

Live entertainment from Blues Traveler, The Fixx, Naughty By Nature, Tone Loc, The Sugarhill Gang and Phil Vassar.  It is not just food, they also have more than 30 food vendors with a variety of menus, styles and tastes, the Coca-Cola Food Court is not just a stop at Celebrate Fairfax! but rather a major destination.

Festival Hours: Friday 6pm-12am, Saturday 10am-12am and Sunday 10am-6pm.Friday, June 5th.   

For tickets and information check out http://www.celebratefairfax.com

Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (June 7)

If you didn’t go last week, 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.

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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