10 fun food events around the capital this week

Barbecue battle in the giant national capital 2019. Photo by Helena Coutinho.

Are you ready for a barbecue? The 30th Annual Barbecue Battle of the Giant National Capital is back Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June. The event, which takes place at the National Mall, will host cookbook authors, chefs, and professional paleontologists each vying to be crowned BBQ champions. There will be free food samples, small drink and wine tastings, cooking shows, and live music. Tickets start at $15; Bring them here.

Celebrate summer with your favorite pink drink. yards (355 Water Street, SE) will host the fourth annual Rosé All Day Festival on Saturday 25 June at 16:00. Guests are invited to sip roses from nearby restaurants, listen to live music and take part in pink-themed activities such as flamingo croquet and flower crown making. Tickets are $15, and include one drink.

In honor of World Refugee Day, Medan (1346 Florida Ave., NW) is hosting the Meet Festival at Maydān Food, Culture, and Wine Festival with a date Sunday 26 June From 10 am to 2 pm. The restaurant will transform its Florida street alley into a market filled with vendors of food, wine, and handcrafted items from the Caucasus, North Africa, and the Middle East. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Galleria @ La Cosecha (1280 Fourth Street, Northeast) Hosts an Argentine character Empanada Feast Day Wednesday 29th June 6:30 pm. You’ll prepare – and eat – your empanadas from scratch. Choose between meaty or vegetarian fillings. Tickets $59.

Some Jose Andrés restaurants are starting their first ever summer festival Now until the end of summer. Galeo (80 Seventh Street, Northwest), spanish dinner (7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda), Oyamel (401 Seventh Street, Northwest), Chilcano China (418 Seventh Street, Northwest) and zeitinian (701 Ninth Street, NorthwestA special menu of seasonal dishes, including strawberry gazpacho with goat cheese, grilled lamb chops with smoked tzatziki yogurt, and a chocolate milkshake with Maria biscuits.

Dress in your finest clothes and head to the Black Tie Sicilian Ball at the Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven Street, Northwest), an evening filled with candy, dancing and DJs. Celebration of Sicilian culture Saturday 25 June At 7:15 p.m., it features an open bar with Italian wine and beer, and a buffet of Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. Tickets can be purchased here, and start at $120.

Head to this pier Wednesday 29th June For free vegan food. World Animal Protection has teamed up with TiNDLE, Hooray Foods, and Promobile Kitchen to host a food truck offering free vegan chicken and bacon sandwiches at Market Square (760 Maine Ave., SW).

Sample Caribbean street food in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. You’ll find Trinidad and Jamaican chicken and other island dishes at Union Market (1309 Fifth Street, Northeast) on me Saturday 25 June. The party starts at 2pm and features live music and dance performances.

Tasting a massive beer festival: American Craft Beer grabs Anthem (901 Wharf Street, Southwest) on me Friday 24 June From 7 pm to 10 pm. Over 200 craft beers will be paired with treats like honey-marinated duck breast, tuna tostada, sticky toffee pudding and more. Tickets start at $144; Bring them here.

Lina Wood Fired Pizza & Tap (401 Braddock Road – Alexandria) is hosting a class on this kids pizza making Saturday 25 June From 10 am to 11 am. Your little ones – ages 5 and up – will learn how to make cheese or pepperoni pizza from start to finish. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

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