It is finally summer here in DC.

Beltway BBQ Showdown – June 5

This popular annual event has a new location – beautiful Watkins Regional Park. There IS something for everyone at this fun day of cooking competition! Cooks from up and down the East Coast will be competing for a spot in the national competition in Kansas City. You’ll get a chance to join the fun by voting for the best BBQ sauce in the “People’s Choice BBQ Sauce Contest.” A variety of pork, beef and chicken BBQ will be available for purchase from food vendors. Is your mouth watering yet?

Noon to 5PM

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774

Bowiefest – June 5

Bowiefest is a long-standing tradition in the City that brings the best of Bowie’s civic organizations, entertainers, and businesses to one place for one day.  Around the pond you can sample food from area vendors including cotton candy by the Collington Masons, fish & chips provided by the Bowie Xpress, and beef barbecue by the Belle-Aires Twirlers.  Other festival favorites include soft serve ice cream, funnel cakes, Italian sausage, frozen fruit drinks, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

11:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Allen Pond Park (3330 Northview Drive)

Herndon Festival – June 3-6

A great community fair with rides, food and fireworks.

Friday – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Saturday – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sunday – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Located Downtown Herndon

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival – June 5-6

In its 29th year this event is a cornerstone of the East Coast wine festival season, featuring a one-stop shopping environment for wine collectors and enthusiasts, as well as a unique opportunity to interact with winemakers, movers and shakers, cultivating your own understanding of what makes a quality vintage.

Centrally located in the beautiful outdoor arena of Bull Run Regional Park (just 20 minutes from Washington, DC off I-66) and featuring tastings of over 300 wines from wineries across Virginia.

11AM – 6PM Saturday and Sunday

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.

Check out last years festival here.

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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  1. I’m going to Vintage VA this weekend on Saturday. Hopefully it doesn’t rain too hard. Usually it’s an awesome time.

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