Looking at the weather forecast it appears that winter hibernation is officially over and Spring has finally truly sprung! With increased hours of sunshine and warmer spring days come an instant sense of euphoria accompanied by the urge to be out and about and do ALL the things! Fortunately, there are a number of really cool things happening in Washington DC this Spring.
Here are 9 DC foodie events you may want to put on your Spring 2019 bucket list.
The blossoms may no longer be in bloom but we are not quite done celebrating the 2019 Cherry Blossom Season here in DC, as cherry blossom themed events still continue (at least through this weekend). One such event is the Cherry Blossom Terrace hosted by La Vie restaurant. The space has been transformed into a cherry blossom wonderland and will give you all the Spring feels while nibbling on traditional Japanese street sandwiches (with an upscale twist of course) and sipping on cherry blossom inspired cocktails.
The event is running daily through Saturday, April 20th so you’ve only got two days before it ends. Get more information and tickets here.
Truckeroo is Washington DC’s ultimate food truck festival that takes place at The Bullpen in Navy Yard on a monthly basis from April to September every year. The first event of the season kicks off today Friday, April 19th from 4 – 11p.m. featuring 15 DC area food trucks, including super popular trucks like Red Hook Lobster Pound and Tapas Truck.
Can’t make the kick-off festival? No worries! Catch it again on May 10th, June 7th, and every month until the last festival on September 20th. Click here for the details on participating food trucks, as well as the 2019 monthly schedule.
The Cherry Blossom Pub is a seasonal pub/pop-up bar created by Drink Company that’s returned for its third Cherry Blossom Season. It is probably the most buzzworthy and instagrammable cocktail bar in all of DC. If you’ve ever been to a themed pop-up bar by Drink Company you already know that they always deliver; the décor is super opulent and over-the-top and the drinks are always on point with the theme. You can expect nothing less than a magical experience!
The pub offers 10 unique cocktails and also includes a ramen room that serves up ramen by Chef Hiro Mitsui of Union Market’s popular food stall Ramen by UZU. It opens at 5p.m. daily through Sunday, April 21st, so this is your last week to get in on the fun.
Find out more about this cherry blossom themed pop-up bar here.
Shaw’s food scene has grown tremendously over the past few years. Eat. Drink. Shaw is an annual event that offers a unique opportunity to sample food and drinks from over twenty of the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars. The Dabney, Mason Dixie Biscuit Company, Convivial, Roy Boys, and Nicecream are just a few of the areas hotspots that you can expect to see there.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th at The Howard Theatre from 7 – 9:30p.m. Tickets include unlimited food tastings, cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks, live entertainment, photo booth, a gift bag, and complimentary valet parking. Be sure to get tickets in advance here for $80 as they go up to $100 at the door.
If there’s any DC event you should go to this Spring, this one is certainly it! Reason number 1, 2 and 3… well, it’s free. Yes, as in F-R-E-E! There is absolutely no charge to participate and reservations are not required, yet you’ll be provided with the perfect opportunity to taste foods and experience cultures around the world without setting foot outside of DC.
From 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday, May 4th about 50 embassies will open their doors to the public for a day filled with food, art, dance, fashion, music, and more. You can find a list of participating embassies here as well as information on how to navigate your self-guided tour.
Washingtonian Magazine will be hosting a Rosé Soirée at Longview Gallery on May 16th from 7 – 9p.m. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Spring in style with “top-rated rosé,” finger foods, and live music. General admission tickets are $65. VIP tickets costs $75 and get you an extra hour of the experience (i.e. early admission at 6 p.m.).
Click here for more details and to get tickets for the event.
Washingtonian Magazine strikes again with what promises to be “DC’s best summer kick-off party.” On June 6th Washingtonian in collaboration with Lexus will be hosting a night filled with amazing food and all around good times at the National Building Museum. There will be drinks flowing, music blasting, and over 60 of the area’s best restaurants serving up yummy bites. Participating restaurants include local favorites like Convivial, Estadio, Le Diplomate, Blue Duck Tavern, and Maketto.
Tickets are currently on sale here. General admission tickets costs $150 and VIP costs $195.
On Wednesday, June 12th Dine-N-Dash by popular Chef José Andrés returns to DC. 30 top DC restaurants in 3 different neighborhoods will be serving up unlimited food and drinks for patrons to enjoy. Your prepaid $150 wristband allows you to eat and drink at as many of the participating restaurants as your stomach can handle. If this isn’t the ultimate foodie event, I don’t know what is!
More details can be found here.
Did you know that you can attend a food tour of DC’s U Street corridor? Carpe DC offers a 3 hour long tour of this vibrant DC neighborhood that highlights the district’s cuisine. The tours take place every Friday through Monday from 11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. For $85 you can indulge in tastings at 5 locally owned U Street area restaurants while learning about the area’s history and culinary evolution.
Feel like you’re already familiar with the U Street food scene? Carpe DC also offers food tours of other DC area neighborhoods, such as Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. Get information on all food tour offerings here.
Until next time,