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. There is everything from German to Peruvian Festivals, Blackberry Festivals and finally a ice cream social for the kids.
Blackberry Bonanza and Wellness Festival – Saturday and Sunday (July 25-26)
Blackberries filled with anti-oxidants and health benefits so to celebrate blackberry season, this year’s festival is taking on a wellness theme. Join us for blackberry picking and blackberry wine tasting with Bluemont Vineyard. Our blackberries are grown without any chemicals and are thornless so easy to pick!
The price is $10 per person and 21 and over get free wine tasting
18780 Foggy Bottom Road – Bluemont, VA 20135 – Roughly 30 minutes from Dulles.
Maryland German Festival – Saturday & Sunday (July 18-19)
Sausage and Beer. Nothing sounds better than that. Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, this year is the 109th annual festival. Entertainment will include local German bands, traditional folk dancing and choral singing. There will also be imported and local crafts and collectables, and, for kids, wall climbing, puppet shows, face painting, arts & crafts. You can enjoy authentic German cooking, quench your thirst with imported or domestic beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages or schnopps; and for dessert have some German pastry or the usual fair confections.
Admission: adults $6, seniors $5. Children under 12 with paying adult admitted free.
Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 7pm.
Princess for a day ice cream social – Sunday (July 25)
The court of the Virginia Dairy Princess Program will serve ice cream at an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Take your daughter or son, neice or nephew to be a princess for a day at the Heritage Farm Museum. The first 100 children will receive a complimentary tiara. Show off your princess finest in our princess pageant at 1:00. Pre-registration required.
The ice cream social is from noon to 2pm.
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, Virginia 20164
Festival Peruano – Sunday (July 26)
The free festival celebrates Peru’s independence from Spain with traditional dances, music and cuisine. The menu is full of traditional Peruvian dishes, from standard fare such as Peruvian chicken a la brasa and seafood ceviche to more exotic dishes such as anticuchos (marinated grilled skewers of beef heart), stewed beef stomach, and rocoto relleno (peppers stuffed with cheese and meat). While living in Arlington, I fell in love with the charcoal roasted peruvian chicken. This event is going to be awesome.
Hours: 11 am – 6 pm. Shirley Park/Gunston Sports Field, 2700 S. Lang Street.
Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (July 26)
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.
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