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 from the Virginia Scottish Games to Spike’d Sundays.

Virginia Scottish Games – Saturday-Sunday (Sept. 5-6)

The games are held on Saturday and Sunday at Great Medows – 5089 Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198.  There will be kilts and haggis, what more could you ask for on a weekend.  There will be vendors dishing out traditional Scottish fare.  The games are all tests of strength.  Make sure to check out the Caber Toss, grown men throwing 20 foot tall telephone poles around.  There is also hammer throwing and stone throwing.  Check out all of the events below.  


Maryland State Fair-Saturday to Saturday (Sept. 4 – 7)

In case you thought you missed your chance to go to the fair, there is one more. The Maryland State Fair is the latest in the great traditional of fairs. Food, rides and the lovely aroma of livestock. Friday you can watch the Miss Maryland Agricultural Contest at 7:30PM.  Saturday is filled with 4H competitions.  Everything from Swine Showmanship to the Livestock sale at 7:30.  This is your chance to buy a whole cow.  Imagine all of that meat.  My smoker is drooling at the prospect.  On Sunday is the GHIRARDELLI Chocolate Championship at 2PM.  So much to see.

Hours: Friday Noon to 10PM and Saturday-Sunday 10 am to 10pm

Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd. Timonium, MD


Old Ebbitt Grill Labor Day Block Party – Saturday (Sept. 5)

This is a great block party and the proceeds go to support the DC Central Kitchen.  The DC Central Kitchen is a great program helping to fight hunger.  Check out the link to learn more.

There are two types of tickets, a $75 Prepaid ticket and $25 Admission Only ticket. Each Prepaid ticket includes entry, 5 Food Tickets redeemable for Old Ebbitt’s Block Party Fare, and 5 drink tickets redeemable for your choice of beverage (including beer, wine, frozen cocktails, soda, and water). Each Admission Only ticket is just that, admission only. Additional food and beverage tickets will be available for purchase during the party.

Location – Located at 15th and G St. NW.

Hours of Operation – 6PM till 11 PM.


Labor Day Parades – Monday (Sept.  7)

  • Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade – 1PM – Link
  • Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival – 10 AM – Link
  • Greenbelt labor Day Parade – 10 AM – Link

Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (Sept. 6)

Former “Top Chef” Spike Mendelsohn hosts this summer-long pool party, with burgers, drinks and swimming.

The DC cast of the real world hangs out here almost every week, this is the place to go. They show up almost every week.

Time: Noon-10pm

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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