Two-Day Festival Gives Gourmets a Taste of National Harbor
2011 Wine & Food Festival
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
Well, let’s see the goods.
How about more than 100 international and local wines? Maybe a craft-beer-tasting Bier Garten is more your style? In the mood for something stronger? The Whiskey-Bourbon Experience Lounge sponsored by Jim Beam and complete with hand-rolled cigar demonstrations might be what you’re looking for.
Foodies are taken care of as well. The Viking Cooking Stage features hands-on cooking demonstrations and wine pairings. Not only that, but the Wine & Food Festival delivers stars in the form of celebrity chefs. They include Susan Powter lookalike Elizabeth Falkner (OK, that might be stretching it), Iron Chef America winner Katsuya Fukushima, executive chef for Cooking Light magazine Billy Strynkowski and Lauren DeSantis, the titular host of “Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis.”
OK, so I’ve never heard of any of them. But I’m sure legions of foodies out there know exactly who these cats are, and thanks to me, now you do, too.
Lovers of art will want to check out the Art Walk, which will feature galleries of National Harbor along with local artists and assorted other art galleries. There will be a Kids Area and live music as well, the latter featuring steel drumming and jazz for your listening pleasure.
Starting at $35 for general admission for either Saturday or Sunday, tickets aren’t cheap. In fact, depending on the package purchased (some of which include dinner at National Harbor restaurants), tickets can run up to 160 clams.
For those with the more pricey VIP tickets, you’re welcome at the festival from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., while commoners, ne’re-do-wells, scallywags and assorted others should arrive at 1 p.m. And yes, you get to stay to 6 p.m. just like the aristocrats.