Weekend Round-Up: October 8 and 9
Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Sylvan Esso and Christine and the Queens will headline the third annual All Things Go Fall Classic this Saturday, Oct. 8. This highly anticipated tastemaker music and food festival will also feature performances by Bishop Briggs, POP ETC, Sofi Tukker and Ace Cosgrove.
In addition to the music, attendees will be treated to All Things Go-themed bites such as Timber Pizza Co.’s “Squash Venesso” pie, featuring smoked butternut squash and inspired by festival artist Sylvan Esso. Headliner Empire of the Sun gets the foodie treatment, too, with Takorean’s “Empire of the Ssam,” a hard taco shell filled with the food truck’s signature bo ssam pork. Shake Shack, Beefsteak, Buredo and more will also be in attendance.
“We love food, we love music and we love our city. It’s exciting to bring all of our passions to the forefront during one event that D.C. continues to support so loyally,” says All Things Go co-founderZack Friendly, who launched the Fall Classic event in 2014 alongwith this friends Will Suter, Adrian Meseda and Stephen Vallimarescu.
Taste of DC, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest culinary festival, established in 1989, returns this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9. It will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW.
Attendees will be able to sample from more than 60 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste over 50 brews in the Bier Garten, try more than 50 wines on the Taste of DC Wine Walk and enjoy nonstop entertainment on three different stages. Among the restaurants: Todd Gray’s Equinox, Mastro’s, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Carmine’s, District Doughnut, Sloppy Mama’s, Tortilla Coast, Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Capital Grill and Barrel & Crow.
On Saturday, the 6th Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship will bring defending champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut back to challenge some of the country’s best competitive eaters for this exclusive-to-DC World Champion title. The competition takes place on the Taste of DC Main Stage.
In a new feature both days, MGM Lounge will feature appearances from celebrity chefs José Andrés and Bryan Voltaggio, whose restaurants will be part of the exciting new MGM National Harbor venue opening in December.
Taste of DC will be held from 1 a.m. of 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets start at $20. Complete details are available at thetasteofdc.org.