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Every Food Festival Worth Attending this Fall

Where to eat, drink, and soak in the fall vibes this autumn

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Heavy rains earlier this month dashed many festival lovers’ hopes of enjoying the great outdoors with food and drink in hand. Some favorites like the DC VegFest were unfortunately canceled, while others like the ambitious REI Culinary Campout, in collaboration with several DC restaurant groups, was postponed till spring.

But fall festival fans still have plenty of time to put on their cozy sweaters and head to one of the DMV region’s best food and drink events. We’ve rounded up a list of 11 festivals that include beer, wine or cocktails and copious food that cost anywhere from zero dollars to $150 to enter.


Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival 2018

What: Taste wine, beer and spirit brands owned by African Americans, including Smokey Robinson Wines, Harlem Brewing and Fou-dré Vodka. VIP tickets are already sold out.

When: Sept. 22

Where: Dock 5 at Union Market

Cost: $55

Taste of DC

What: With more than 65 DC restaurants represented, Taste of DC promises a spectacular array of food and drink samples. Also on tap is the “area’s largest beer garden” as well as three stages of live music and good from local artisans.

When: Oct. 26-27

Where: Audi Field

Cost: Ticket prices TBD

The DMV’s Original Food Truck Festival: Curbside Cookoff

What: The area’s best food trucks, beer and wine, live music and games all come together for this family friendly event.

When: Oct. 26

Where: 425 M St SW

Cost: Enter for free and purchase food and drink on site.

The Emporiyum

What:The growing list of nearly 60 vendors at this year’s Emporiyum include Baltimore arepa shop White Envelope, fresh pasta spot Cucina Al Volo, Maketto and Colada Shop. Join the action early for a preview of the event Friday night with @dcfoodporn.

When: Nov. 9-11

Where: Dock 5 at Union Market

Cost: $15-$50


Charm City Night Market

What: Baltimore is hosting its first ever festival dedicated to preserving the legacy of its Chinatown in a stretch of the city that once housed businesses helmed by Chinese-Americans. The celebration will feature dance and music, art, and food from more than two dozen vendors, including Ekiben, Mera Collective, PekoPeko Ramen.

When: Sept. 22

Where: 200 Park Ave., Baltimore

Cost: entrance is free; purchase VIP tickets for $45 ($88 for two) to sample food from Kaliwa in DC and receive two cocktails from Ida B’s Table or Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore

Farm to Chef Maryland

What: Benefiting TasteWise Kids, a nonprofit that teaches kids about healthful foods, the culinary competition features dishes from 30 chefs that use ingredients from local farms.

When: Sept. 24

Where: The Assembly Room, 318 Guilford Ave., Baltimore

Cost: $115-$150


What: Imagine all-you-can-eat bacon and all-you-can-drink bloody marys and you have Brunchfest. The event will also feature a coffee bar, mimosa bar and rosés from all over the world.

When: Sept. 29

Where: Harbor Point Central Plaza, Baltimore

Cost: $59

Das Best Oktoberfest

What: Break out the lederhosen. Enjoy a variety of beers, wines and schnapps, along with sausage and other German foods. Oompah and polka bands keep the festivities hopping. Can’t make this one? Another festive Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 29 at Power Plant Live.

When: Oct. 13

Where: M&T Bank Stadium (Sept. 29 for the one at Power Plant), Baltimore

Cost: $39-$59 ($20-$50 for the Power Plant event)


Early Mountain Vineyards Oyster Festival

What: Enjoy fried and raw oysters from the Eastern Shore, crab cakes and clam chowder while listening to the Jacob Paul Allen Band out of Nashville. The vineyard’s wines will be available for purchase.

When: Oct. 21

Where: Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison

Cost: $5 to $20

Flavors of Fall

What: The outdoor mall will be flooded with fall beers, traditional German music and dancing. There’s also a 5k race an Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

When: Oct. 6

Where: Reston Town Center

Cost: Entrance is free. Purchase $1 tickets for food, beer and wine

Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

What: Tickets for this popular annual event at the historic mansion often sell out. Guests can listen to live blues and jazz and sample wine from 19 Virginia wineries, hear live blues and receive an evening tour of George and Martha Washington’s home. Purchase fruit and cheese, sandwiches and desserts to go with the wine.

When: Oct. 5-7

Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Cost: $36-$40