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.  This weekend DC has some great events from the Montgomery County Fair to the Alexandria Cambodia Community Day.

Time to make reservations

This isn’t this weekend, but if you want to participate in DC Restaurant Week you should make your reservations now.  DC Restaurant Week is August 24th-30th. Restaurant Week includes a 3-course prix-fixe menu for a discounted price.  This year’s prices are $20.09 Lunches & $35.09 Dinners.

Here are my tips

  • Pick a restaurant that has the full menu for restaurant week
  • Stay away from the Steak Houses – They are usually lame
  • If the restaurant has a Restaurant Week menu look at it on their website before reserving a spot.
  • Try a new restaurant – Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to try new and interesting cuisines.
  • Have fun! – Order a glass of wine with dinner.

To view the restaurants and make a reservation visit OpenTable.com

Arlington County Fair-Saturday to Saturday (August 21 – August 23)

It is fair season.  The Arlington County Fair is a great traditional county fair.  Food, rides and livestock.  Plus you get a chance to win a date with Ambre Lake who was the winner of Rock of Love.  Obviously it didn’t work out as you get a chance to go on a date with Ambre.   Check out the competitive exhibits for Honey, Beeswax, Food Preservation, Decorated Food Products, Baked Goods, herbs, fruits and vegetables.  I am guessing that there are going to be some large fruits and vegetables there.  You can’t miss that.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday 11 am to 10pm

Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South Second Street, Arlington, VA 22204


Montgomery County Fair – Friday-Saturday (August 21-22)

Yet another fair.  I love carnival food so I always post about fairs.  Cotton Candy, Candied Apples, Elephant Ears and the most delicious of them all “The Corn Dog”.  Friday includes honey bee demonstrations and pig races.  Saturday includes honey bee demonstrations and a 4H bake sale.  Sunday includes the honey bee demonstration and a 4H cake auction. If you don’t get a chance to go this weekend the fair is running through the 22nd.

Location – 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Hours of Operation – 3pm – midnight on Friday and 10am – midnight on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are $8 and rides and food are extra.


Prince William County Fair – Friday – Saturday (August 21-22)

It is a weekend of fairs.  Friday is Half-Price day.  Sunday includes the Hershey Cocoa Classic.  1.) One entry per person 2.) Entry must be a baked dessert made from “scratch” in a non-returnable baking dish/tray. 3.) A minimum of 1/4 cup of cocoa must be used. 4.) Dessert entry must be submitted on cardboard for judging (no doily required). 5.) Two copies of recipe(s) listing the ingredients, preparation instructions, and recipe author must be submitted with the entry, printed on one side of the page.  It is open to everyone.  Entries need to be submitted between 1:30 and 2:30 pm on Sunday.

Location – 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112

Hours of Operation – Gates open at 3pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are $5 and rides and food are extra.


Alexandria Cambodia Community Day – Sunday (August 23)

A festival celebrating the Cambodia Heritage.  The festival includes traditional food and music.  The festival is held at Ben Brenman Park

Location: 5000 Duke St.,  Alexandria, VA 703-883-4686

Hours: Noon to 6 pm

Admission: Free


Spike’d Sundays – Sunday (August 16)

Former “Top Chef” Spike Mendelsohn hosts this summer-long pool party, with burgers, drinks and swimming.

Spike’s Twitter feed for this week further said that they will be showing an outdoor movie by the pool

A little birdy told me that if you want to run into the DC cast of the real world, this is the place to go.  They show up almost every week.

Time: Noon-10pm

Located at Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW, Washington, DC. Entry is $10 and includes a Spike Burger.


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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