It is hard to believe that it is Friday already. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend in DC. There are a ton of things to do, but I have focused on a couple exciting events. First of all, it is finally May. All of the April showers, or lack of them, will hopefully bring out the May flowers. Along with May comes Cinco de Mayo. Yep, that Mexican holiday celebrating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Yep, not an independence day, however, it gives us the perfect reason to go and have a cocktail. Also tomorrow is Derby Day. I failed to make the Mint Julep cocktail on Wednesday. My Bad. However here is the recipe for all of you looking for a great cocktail for the weekend.
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 2 ounces bourbon (such as Woodford Reserve)
- Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Add a handful of ice, mint and simple syrup to a glass. Muddle the mint mixture. Then add the bourbon and remaining ice. Serve in a julep cup or in a rocks glass.
National Cinco de Mayo Festival – Sunday May 2
Food, Live Music, Dance Performances, Kids Pavilion and Free give aways. Fun for the entire family!
“Officially, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, but we have turned it into a day of celebration for all Latinos living here and for all Americans who enjoy the culture,” Montero said. “Our Festival is like the Latino St. Patrick’s Day. That’s why we say, ‘On Cinco de Mayo, everybody’s Latino.”
May 2, 2010 from Noon to 6pm at the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument on the National Mall.
Wags and Wine – Sunday May 2
On May 2, wine lovers and pet lovers will flock to downtown McLean’s Palladium Civic Green for Wags and Wine, a spring wine festival hosted by The Vineyard wine shop benefiting the Washington Humane Society (WHS). Wags and Wine is a follow up to The Vineyard’s successful wine festival in the fall, which benefitted the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
Held outside in the Palladium’s Civic Green fountain courtyard across Chain Bridge Road from Giant and next to the “new” fire station, Wags and Wine features over 40 wines to taste and food from Cafe Oggi, McLean’s most popular restaurant.
For the animal lover, WHS will park its portable adoption station at the event featuring loveable animals in need of forever homes.
Get your Tickets
The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor® – June 12-13, a world-class event, will celebrate distinctive cuisine, fine wine, beer and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the latest culinary and varietal trends.
The festival is located at the extraordinary National Harbor on the Potomac River, the largest multi-use project on the East Coast. A location that is minutes away from Washington, D.C. and a water taxi ride away from historic Alexandria, Virginia. Many world regions will be represented, providing a wide assortment of styles, but all festival participants share one philosophy — a personal dedication to their artistry and a loyalty to local, fresh, in-season, and responsibly sourced ingredients.
Buy your tickets now and save. http://www.foodandwinenh.com/tickets.html
Check out last years festival here.
Have a great weekend