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 a chocolate tasting at the Botanic Gardens to a Wine Festival in Northern Virginia.

Chocolate: A Consumer’s Guide & Tasting – Friday (Sept. 18)

Come learn how to decipher chocolate labels and enhance your enjoyment of this popular treat.   We’ll explore the healthy side of chocolate and discuss how chocolate gets its flavor.  Learn about terminology like “chocolate liquor” and “cocoa mass” while tasting a variety of chocolates ranging from classic milk chocolate to single-origin 70 percent dark chocolate.

Time: 1:00-2:30 – Registration Required

Admission free for Members or $5 for non-members

U.S. Botanic Garden at 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC, 20024.

http://www.usbg.gov/education/events/Copy-of-Chocolate-A-Consumers-Guide-Tasting-September-18.cfm

Anne Arundel County Fair – Friday to Sunday (Sept. 18-20)

There’s a variety of ENTERTAINMENT and ATTRACTIONS available.  Check out the pie eating contest on Saturday @ 3:30PM.  Registration starts at 2:30.  $0.50 Registration Fee.  Also check out the Watermelon eating contest on Sunday @ 2:00PM.  Registration is $1 and starts at 1:45PM.

Hours: 

Friday 18th 4:00pm -11:00pm, Saturday 19th 9:00am-11:00pm, Sunday 20th 9:00am-8:00pm

Admission: $5 and All you can ride passes are $20.

Location: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy. Rt. 178, Crownsville, MD 21032

http://www.aacountyfair.org/

Frederick County Fair – Friday to Sunday (Sept. 18-20)

I love fair food.  Coming from the midwest you get to have pretty much anything that your heart desires on a stick.  Bacon, hot dogs, mac n cheese and even cheesecake. I have never been to this fair but I am sure that they will have corn dogs and funnel cakes. Make sure to check out the 4-H cake auction on Sunday.

Hours: Sept. 18-26, 8am-9pm

 Admission: Free on Friday after 5PM and $7 on Saturday and Sunday

Location: 797 East Patrick Street PO Box 604 Frederick, MD 21705

http://www.thegreatfrederickfair.com/

H Street Festival – Saturday (Sept. 19)

Food, Art, Music and Urban Sports.  Should be a great day to go and walk around.

Location – 1000-1300 blocks of H street NE

Hours of Operation – Noon till 6PM

http://hstreetfestival2009.org/

Virginia Wine Festival – Saturday – Sunday (Sept.  19-20)

Come, and experience the Virginia Wine Festival, Virginia’s premier and longest running wine festival. That’s right folks – this is the ORIGINAL wine festival-the one that started them all. This 34 year Grand Commonwealth Tradition, held in the beautiful outdoor setting of Bull Run Regional Park, will tempt your palette with over 300 available tastings from over 50 of our regions finest wineries and most renowned viticultors.

Admission – $30

Hours of Operation – 11AM to 6PM

Location – Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121

http://www.atwproductions.com/index.php?pr=vw_home 

-Rex

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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