Update 2020: Taste of DC is normally in October but was not held in 2019. It will return Spring 2020.
Taste of DC is one of our favorite food festivals of the year. It is the one time of year when many of our favorite local restaurants line up down America’s main street, Pennsylvania Avenue, with a gorgeous view of the Capitol. Plus, it’s October, and that means fall flavors and spices in both the beer and the food. Dressed for sweater weather, we embarked on a mission to taste all the local flavors of the season.
There are multiple admission packages but our favorite is the $29 Drink Lovers package. It includes 25 drink tickets, 1 free drink, and a cute plastic cup. This works out to be a pretty generous amount of alcohol so you’ll want to take the metro or Uber! Beer and wine tastings run $1 to $3 while full pours are $6 to $9. You can also use your drink tickets for soda and water.
Don’t Forget the Food
Food, however, is not included in admission. Tastings run about $3 and full entrees run about $5 to $8. We tend to gravitate toward the $3 samples so we we don’t get too full and can try lots of different things. My love for crab cakes immediately drew my attention to Capitol Hill Crab Cakes. When we got to the booth, they were serving one amazing dish: crab fries. Crab and sauce with an Old Bay kick may be one of the best fry toppings we’ve ever had!
Later, we had a bit of a sweet tooth so we visited our friends at District Doughnut. They were serving up 3 for $5 seasonal doughnuts including brown sugar cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin. Brown sugar cinnamon always impresses but the apple doughnut tasted like Thanksgiving dessert and stole my heart. The pumpkin doughnut was a fun twist on creme brulee with its crunchy topping and creamy pumpkin center.
This was our third year attending Taste of DC and it has become a tradition to end the afternoon with a full half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl. I seem to always find myself with a half smoke after a few beers whether it’s on U Street, at a Nats game, or at Taste of DC.
Taste of DC also features a number of stages with bands, DJs, and culinary demonstrations. While we enjoy the beer and wine tastings, it’s worth noting that the beer and wine gardens are a bit off to the side. Guests do walk around the entire event with drinks but if you attend with little ones, keeping them somewhat away from the alcohol shouldn’t be a problem. Be on the look out for Taste of DC next October!
Plan Your Day
$10 for regular admission, $25 for 4 drinks (Updated for 2017)
7th Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave
Chinatown (red, green, yellow) or Archives (green, yellow)
Update 2020: This festival is normally in October but was not held in 2019. It will return Spring 2020.