Young and Hungry

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Appetites. It’s a Food Festival Weekend.

Those with a good set of wheels and an iron stomach can hit not one, not two, but four food festivals this weekend. So why bother trying to sample them all? Well, because in one sweet weekend, you can get a fine overview of the area's eats.

  • The Taste of Wheaton on Sunday is a great opportunity to sample some of the best ethnic eats in the D.C. region. This year, the festival will not only feature bites from a few of Y&H's favorite restaurants — like Nava Thai and Max's Kosher Cafe — but also an Ethnic Food and Wine Tasting Pavilion boasting dishes from Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Carla Hall, the near-miss Top Chef whose catering company is located in Wheaton, will also be on hand for the event.
  • That same day, you can also wander over to Taste of Arlington. While the city doesn't have a culinary identity as distinctive as Wheaton's, Arlington has enjoyed a higher profile lately, thanks to such additions as Liberty Tavern and Eventide, which have gone a long way to rinsing out the chalky aftertaste of those big-box chain restaurants that dominate Clarendon. Sadly, Eventide doesn't look to be a player in this year's event, but there are plenty of other tasty options, including Jackson's Roasting and Carving Co., Yaku, Cafe Pizzaiolo, and Me Jana.

More festival news after the jump.

  • The Fiesta Asia Street Fair — call me crazy, but doesn't that name strike you as a multi-culti mess? — takes place on Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets NW. The day-long event will feature cooking demos, ranging from Cambodian to Vietnamese cuisines.
  • Finally, there's the Saint Sophia Greek Festival all weekend long at the Greek Orthodox cathedral at 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. I have just five words to share with you: whole lambs roasted on spits!
  • Chris

    Other than the Cheesecake Factory, which big-box chain restaurants "dominate Clarendon"?

  • Tim Carman

    Bertucci's, RiRa, and La Tasca are three more. Then there are the local chains, Harry's Tap Room and Hard Times, which have a similar feel.

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