If travelling is all about trying new food and drink then you've come to the right place. Taste of Arlington is your opportunity to dive into the southern cuisine of Virginia.
- When? 21st May 2017
- Where? Wilson Boulevard, Ballston, Arlington
- Price: $15 general admission on the day, $5 or $10 in advance.
So many restaurants, not enough time. Well now you can sample it all at Taste of Arlington, a one-day event where the very best restaurants in Arlington and the surrounding cities gather at Ballston to give locals and tourists the chance to sample their most popular dishes.
The event is free but you will need to buy a ticket book which gives you ten 'tastes' for $30. Try some fish and chips from Park Lane Tavern, jerk chicken at Red Bone Caribbean Fusion and grilled ribs at Epic Smokehouse if you want to go all out. For those with a sweet tooth, the Melting Pot's chocolate fondue with strawberries and marshmallows will hit the spot.
You'll need a ice cold beverage to wash down all that brisket and coleslaw and you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for at one of the beer and wine gardens. Deschutes Brewery brought its travelling pub to the streets of Ballston for the event in 2016, partnering with a local charity and donating 100 percent of its proceeds to the cause.
If queuing isn't your thing, grab a ticket to the VIP lounge so you can enjoy some grub away from the main hustle and bustle. The tent is exclusively for press, sponsors and officials but they do run competitions in the lead-up to the event offering you the chance to win VIP passes.
Taste of Arlington is a family event and people even bring their dogs. BarkPark has an array of tents featuring treats for your pooch to try. There's also a kind of 'dog zone' where dogs and their owners can get together. Let's not forget the kids either. They also get their own area, the KidZone, full of fun activities such as rock-climbing and face painting.
Just loosen your belt and fill your pockets; it's sure to be a gluttonous afternoon.
- Get there: Take the metro to Ballston-MU station or Virginia Square.
- Stay: Book accommodation in Virginia Square to be near the venue.
Visit the Taste of Arlington website for more information.
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