The Eat Is on at Annual Taste of Arlington Food Festival

Taste of Arlington

Sample minded: For $20 (or $25 on the day of the event), you can pick up one ticket book, which is good for eight mini meals from the more than 40 restaurants featured at the Taste of Arlington. (cliff1066™ via Flickr)

On May 22, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you’re cordially invited to the Taste of Arlington.

What right do we at have to invite anyone to anything that we don’t have direct involvement in? We don’t. But guess what? You can’t stop us, so there!

Hosted and owned by the Ballston Partnership, this year’s event is sponsored by many organizations, including WJLA-TV ABC 7, Regal Entertainment Group and a surprising number of craft brewers. The 24th annual Taste of Arlington will take place on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall. Oh, what fun will be had.

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More than 40 restaurants participate in Taste of Arlington each year, and the event draws an average of 15,000 people annually. If you’re looking for apartments in Arlington, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the local flavor.

Participating restaurants include La Tasca, Sushi Rock and Thirsty Bernie Sports Bar & Grill. (And, yes, we thought of it even before you did.)

Ballston Common Shopping Center
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203

As the Taste of Arlington is a street festival, there’s no fee for attending, but you’ll have to pay if you want to chow down. Conscientious, forward-thinking folks would do well to purchase these “taste” tickets ahead of time for $20. Why? Because if you wait until the day of the grand gathering, you’ll have to pay 25 smackers. Really, sometimes we’re too good to you, dear reader. (Now cut the crap and start renting apartments already!)

Just what does the ticket book afford the festivalgoer? Says the site: “One 2011 Taste of Arlington ticket provides you with 8 Tastes. Food samples will require 1 Taste while 2 are needed to enjoy each beer or glass of wine.”

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But being a festival means a bit more than food, drink and watching people watching you; it means entertainment. The 2011 Festival Stage will feature Bowen McCauley Dance’s Kenmore Junior Company, tropical-flavored music group The Constituents, rock band The Resistance and other acts. There will also be children’s activities, along with vendor booths.

Among other local celebrities, ABC 7 hottie, er, talking head, I mean, newscaster … newscaster Pamela Brown will even be on hand for, well, who knows what for. And who cares? To all of the historical fiction writers out there: This gorgeous oracle is a fan of the genre, so polish up those lines, playas.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Virginia Hospital Center, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic and the Arlington Community Foundation.

The Taste of Arlington is right down the street from the Ballston-MU Metro station. So, come on out and take a bite out of Arlington and find your next apartment with Apartment Showcase.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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