It is going to be a beautiful weekend in DC.  The sun is shining and temps are gonna reach the mid-50s.    It is the perfect weekend to view the monuments and be a sightseer.  This weekend is the start of the most glorious time of the year.  St. Patrick’s Day!!  Old town is starting off the party with their St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities.  The YMCA in DC is hosting the Kids in the Kitchen seminar, where your kids get to cook with chef Rock Harper (Winner of Hells Kitchen).      Finally there is a festival for the lovers of chocolate.  I am talking about the Chocolate Lovers Festival in Fairfax.  So much going on.

Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday March 6th

The parade starts off at 10:00 with the classic car show.  Followed by the fun dog show in Market Square at 10:30.  The St. Pats Parade goes into full swing at 12:30 with the first float leaving the staging area.  The parade goes down King Street from West St. to Fairfax St.   There will be bands, Irish dancers and floats.  See you there!

Kids in the Kitchen – Saturday March 6th

Kids in the Kitchen is a recipe for a fun-filled day – it is an interactive health and fitness fair all about healthy foods, healthy lives, and exercise!  Bring the kids in your life to take part in nutrition games, cooking demonstrations, and fitness activities.  Special guests for this year’s Kids in the Kitchen include Chef “Rock” Harper, winner of Fox Television’s 2007 Hell’s Kitchen; Andre Carter of the Washington Redskins; and celebrity personal trainer Mark Jenkins!  There will also be certified nutritionists, food allergy experts, and other professionals on hand to answer questions and host demonstrations on how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.

Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the YMCA National Capital (1711 Rhode Island Avenue, NW)!

Chocolate Lovers Festival – March 6-7

This is an annual festival that is usually in February, but due to inclement weather has been postponed to this weekend.   Among the events planned each year are the Taste of Chocolate, featuring chocolate vendors selling their wares; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts extravaganza where the medium is chocolate; the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring chocolate chip pancakes; historic re-enactments; children’s activities; a craft show at Fire Station 3 sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department; open houses at historic buildings; and much more.  Located in Downtown Old Town Fairfax this is a go to festival.  Who doesn’t love chocolate.

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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