Get Your Fill of Arlington at This Month’s 25th Annual Food Festival

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Get in mah belly: Seriously, that’s gotta cost a lot of tickets. (cliff1066™ via Flickr)

You can tell we’ve been around awhile, that we may actually be an authority on something, when we start writing things like this: “For the second year, we’re covering … ”

It means we’ve gained some gravitas, some Internet cachet … or it could mean I’m full of it these days and feel the need to pretend I’m making the lives of area apartment renters a little better or more fun.

Whatever the case, I’m writing about an event we covered last year and one that, according to a press release on their site, “is the largest single day event in Arlington.”

Wow, that’s some statement.

I’m talking about the Taste of Arlington, which will take place on May 20 from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine, on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall (the same location as last year’s event).

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View Larger Map Ballston Common Mall
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22203

And this year is special. Not only because we’ve written about a popular event twice, but for the fact that it’s the festival’s 25th year feeding and entertaining the residents of Arlington.

Says their site: “Over 35 restaurants participate in this spectacular community event, which draws an average of 15,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area.”

That’s another reason to trot out the word “special.”

Participating restaurants include Capitol City Brewing Company, Jaleo and Ted’s Montana Grill.

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There’s entertainment via the Festival Stage featuring, among others, rockers Lethal Peanut, and like last year, Bowen McCauley Dance’s Kenmore Junior Company and tropical-flavored band The Constituents.

While it’s free to attend the Taste of Arlington, you do need tickets to sample the food and beverages the event serves up. Online tickets can be had for $25, while you’ll have to fork over $30 the day of the event. Each ticket consists of eight tastes.

It may or may not be too late to volunteer for the Taste of Arlington, but if you’re interested, hit the link above. There’s always next year’s festival.

Presented by the Ballston Businesses Improvement District, here is a list of event sponsors. The following three community nonprofits will benefit from this year’s event: Arlington Community Foundation, Virginia Hospital Center and Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic.

Come out and have a taste of Arlington, which could be your next home. Find your next apartment in the area 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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