Summer Food and Wine Festival
Downtown Alexandria, Virginia is hosting its Summer Food and Wine Festival 2013 on Saturday, June 22. Wine and dine come rain or shine from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., John Carlyle Square is the place to be. Absolutely free to attend, all you need is a ticket if you choose to sample the food and enjoy the Wine Garden Tastings.
Sample wine from the Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Neck, historic Williamsburg, from a Native American Indian winery in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and more. Food selections range from Spanish tapas to hand crafted cupcakes.
Food experts and local television personalities will be on hand to serve as judges in the food contest for best appetizer, entrée, and dessert beginning at 1 p.m.
The event features rhythmic flamenco guitar with song, a reggae band, as well as a 45-minute performance by Hand Painted Swinger, nominated for two best pop rock awards by the Washington Area Music Association.
A Zumba demonstration, interactive rock music happenings for kids, a child play area, arts and crafts, and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting tent are also on hand.
Home to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria is only 15 miles south of Bethesda, with Washington DC between them. Settled in 1695, Alexandria retains its colonial atmosphere with cobblestone streets and historic brick buildings in Old Town. Gadsby’s Tavern is well-known for having served food since 1770.