Best Upcoming Food Events Near Washington DC

April 24, 2013 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Washingtonians are spoiled with choices when it comes to food events over the summer. From local seafood in the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia to the best of DC’s own Georgetown neighborhood and the classic annual BBQ battle, you’ll find a foodie destination for every month. Check out these upcoming food events for May through July, 2013.

Chincoteague Seafood Festival
Tom’s Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
(757) 336-6161

Date: May 4

As the name would suggest, this festival is all about seafood; local seafood that is. From Chincoteague restaurants and Eastern Shore restaurants from the traditional to the newest dinning scene, guests will enjoy fish, clams and oysters from the local area prepared in a variety of ways from raw to fried and everything in between. The festival’s traditional dish is the “little neck” clams. Entertainment includes a live band and all you care to taste with the $40 ticket.

National Harbor Wine & Food Festival
National Harbor Waterfront
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745

Dates: May 4-5

Returning for it’s 6th year, the National Harbor Wine and Food festival offers tastings of more than 150 different wines, beers and spirits along with cooking demonstrations from DC’s hottest chefs. This year’s demonstrations include Kyle Bailey and Tiffany Macisaac of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT Restaurant, Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bamba and Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Bandolero. Food samples will also be served.

Taste of Georgetown
Wisconsin Ave. & M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-9222

Date: June 1

The year 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of this beloved DC foodie event that features bite-sized tastes from Georgetown’s hottest restaurants. Last year’s festival offered food from Georgetown’s most popular establishments like Clyde’s, Dean & DeLuca, Degrees Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown Cupcake, J. Paul’s, Mie N Yu, Old Glory, Ristorante Piccolo and Sequoia. The 2013 lineup will include more than 30 different restaurants. More than just food, you can also sample wines, sangria and craft beers in the Wine & Ale Tasting Pavillion. Participants will purchase tasting tickets at $45 for one tasting ticket and $20 for five tasting tickets.

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The 21st Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle
Historic Pennsylvania Ave.
Between 9th and 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20535
(202) 828-3099

Dates: June 22-23

Back for its 21st year, the annual Safeway Barbecue Battle is an extremely popular DC food event. Every year, bbq pits line up on Pennsylvania Avenue as pitmasters prepare for the title of “Safeway’s National Barbecue Championship” among other prizes like beef, chicken, lamb, pork, ribs and sauce. Although attendees cannot taste the BBQ that will compete, there are plenty of BBQ restaurants, as well as the Safeway Sampling Pavilion, that give away free food samples. The rest of the day is filled with cooking demonstrations and live music including Cowboy Mouth, Soul Asylum, Con Funk Shun, Chuck Brown Tribute Band and more.

Maryland’s Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off
Intersection of Gay St. and Race St.
Cambridge, MD 21613
(443) 477-0843

Date: July 13

Maryland is best known for its blue crabs, so it’s no wonder that Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore hosts a Crab Cook-Off festival each year. If you love crab, you’ll find all your favorite crab dishes like crabcakes, dips and soup, as well as inventive crab dishes cooked by local restaurants. Guests will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the best crab dish of the evening during the 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tastings. After you’ve sampled the crab, enjoy the live music, local entertainment like the crab picking contest, as well as shopping and kid activities. There are only a limited number of the $25 tickets available, so be sure to snag yours quickly.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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