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 Octoberfest to a Buffalo Wing showdown in Georgetown.

Share Our Strength Great American Dine-out – Friday and Saturday (Sept. 25-26)

Share Our Strength grants the money raised during the Great American Dine Out to community programs across the country that provide help to children at risk of hunger in America.

Various Restaurants Throughout the City. Click the link below to find a participating restaurant.

http://www.strength.org/apps/dineout/index.php/Google/DisplayMap

Frederick County Fair – Friday to Sunday (Sept. 25-26)

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.

Admission: $7

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

http://www.thegreatfrederickfair.com/

Barrack’s Row Oktoberfest – Saturday (Sept. 26)

 Historic Barracks Row’s 6th Annual Oktoberfest will roll out the barrels on Saturday, September 26, 2009 on bustling 8th Street SE, Capitol Hill. This year the event will feature hourly tours of the Home of the Commandants and a performance by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon! Opening our local football season, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will be cheering us to the Super Bowl!

The local restaurants will host beer gardens, German bands will play, a large petting zoo is free for kids and guys of all ages will have cars to admire – including a 1960’s Jaguar and Austin Healey. Plus, green-in-every-way Ecruzers (stretch electric carts – for quick trips to Nat’s stadium) will be on display! It all starts at 11am! Seventy five booths of all description – arts and crafts, spring bulbs, pretzels and strudel – will be there to tempt, inform or amuse you… and maybe even get you started on that Christmas list.

While Oktoberfest is underway, the Military chefs will be up the street stirring the pot. Once again the Military Culinary Competition pits Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air force and Coast Guard against each other for bragging rights as to who has the Top Chef – and maybe, by extension, the best chow.

Location – 8th Street, SE between G & Eye Streets

Hours of Operation – 11AM till 5PM

http://www.barracksrow.org/

Clarendon Day – Saturday (Sept. 26)

Clarendon Day Block Party.  The best cuisine in town from over a dozen restaurants. Live music on 2 stages will provide the soundtrack. Kid’s Carnival, Kinderhaus Kid’s Stage, and more. The outdoor market features retail booths, arts and crafts. The Clarendon Day 10k/5k and Fun Run starts at 9am.

Hours of Operation – 11AM to 7PM

Location – Clarendon and Wilson Boulevards between N. Garfield Street and Washington Boulevard

http://www.clarendonday.org/

Das Best Oktoberfest – Saturday (Sept. 26)

All The Show Features Are Under Cover- so Rain or Shine- you are totally wunderbar! As you enter the show, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting mug and 6 beer tokens. For those who like to drink more, you are welcome to purchase more tokens ($1 each), just drink responsibly. There is nothing worse than a professional person (dressed in a German outfit) slurring their words as they sing drinking songs!

There will be lots of the best International Beers and Wines and lots of Oompah bands to enjoy your favorite German drinking songs. You can also enjoy the sausages, potato cakes, sour beef, schnitzel and other great German classics! Is that a snitzengruben I smell?!?!?!?!?

Other great Festival foods will be there, as well. If the food and the drinks aren’t enough then go to the Main Stage and enjoy the great music. Or check out the Oompah Bands on the German Stage.

•For those of you who are “man” enough ……win big cash in the Biggest Beer Belly Competition

•For the ladies………the Miss Oktoberfest Competition

Hours – 2PM – 8PM

Location – National Harbor

http://www.dasbestoktoberfest.com/washington-dc/show-info

Buffalo Battle – Sunday (Sept. 27)

The Second Annual Buffalo Battle, a culinary competition and fundraiser,TO BENEFIT THE D.C. FIREFIGHTERS
BURN FOUNDATION.  The battle is between:

J.PAUL’S
CHEF TOM “THE BIG WING” CRENSHAW

VS

OLD GLORY
CHEF RICH “THE PIT MASTER” BROOKS
DEFENDING CHAMPION

Tickets – $30 AT THE DOOR
*TICKET INCLUDES ALL YOU CAN EAT WINGS & 2 BEVERAGE TICKETS

Time – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location – IN THE PARKING LOT ON THE CORNER OF WISCONSIN AVE & M STREET, GEORGETOWN

http://www.buffalobattle.com/index.php

-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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