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 in and around the DC metro area.

Eastern Market Grand Reopening – (June 26-27)

District will reopen the historic Eastern Market at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday June 26 followed by a community celebration on Saturday June 27.  The two events will mark the completion of the market’s renovation and recovery from fire damage caused in April 2007. With over 175 exhibitors on the weekend this is going to be one heck of a celebration.  Eastern Market is located at 306 7th Street, SE. 1 1/2 Blocks North of Eastern Market Metro on 7th Street.


National Capital Barbecue Battle – Saturday & Sunday (June 27-28)

This event is located downtown DC right on pennsylvania avenue.  The barbecue battle is DC’s largest food and music festival.  Last year there were huge lines and none of the barbecue is free.  Remember to bring cash.  All of the big names in barbecue show up for this event in the Nation’s Capital.  Make sure to look for the guys from PorkBarrelBBQ.

The battle is open from 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-7:30pm on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 and are available here.


Northern Virginia Brewfest- Saturday & Sunday (June 27-28)

This Celebration of American Beer features over 50 of America’s best breweries, a variety of food to complement the craft beers and great local and regional bands to entertain you.  Hours are 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Saturday and  11:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Sunday.  Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance, and $25 at the gate.

Buy tickets here.

For more information check out http://novabrewfest.com/summer/

Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (June 28)

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.

Recap from the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival.

Check out a little video that was made at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival last weekend.  It was made by Ben and Grant, whom I met while I was drinking beer and talking shop with the guys over at Pork Barrel BBQ.

Grant Random TV

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.


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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  1. I work with the online community team for the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown and wanted to mention that we're doing a dunking contest at the National Capital Barbecue in DC on Saturday. The contest starts at 4pm and will be held on Pennsylvania NW between 9th and 10th street.

    So grab some grub and come check us out. Hope to see you there!

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