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The Minds Behind the Broccoli City Festival Will Host a Food Fest in D.C. This Fall

“Food & Grooves: A Food, Music and Culture Experience” debuts October 26

Questlove and Chef Kwame Onwuachi will record a podcast on site.
Photo: Questlove/Instagram

The minds behind D.C.’s popular Broccoli City Festival are turning their focus toward food this fall, teaming up with L​ive Nation Urban​ and T​he James Beard Foundation for the first-ever “Food and Grooves D.C.”

The Saturday event at Union Market on October 26 is a combination restaurant tasting and music fest, featuring talks from chefs and cooking demos too. The big discussion of the day is between musician Q​uestlove​ and Kith & Kin chef Kwame Onwuachi, which will be recorded for the​ Questlove Supreme podcast​​.

The James Beard Foundation will put on “Food Talks” with chefs, and Tank and the Bangas​ and Teedra Moses​ headline the musical performances (check the full lineup below).

Meanwhile, restaurants on hand will include: &Pizza, Crab Boss​,​ Family and Food Over Everything, Fast & Saucy, Gelahto,​ ​Gorsha,​ ​HomeMaid,​ ​Ida B’s Table,​ ​LuvPlates, Maketto​, N​uVegan​, P​hilly Fry Wing​, and ​Ruby Scoops​.

Tickets are $49 plus fees and go on sale this Friday on the site at 10 a.m..

Photo: Food & Grooves

D.C.’s homegrown Broccoli City music festival has been growing each and every year, drawing Lil Wayne as a headliner this spring, and now the organizers are branching out even more.

“Broccoli City Weekend has been a staple in the community for the last seven years; bringing together thousands of millennials, chart-topping performers, corporate sponsors and non-profit partners looking to have a great time while making a difference in their community,” co-founder of Broccoli City Festival Brandon McEachern said in a statement. “In order to continue growing with our fans we’ve partnered with Live Nation Urban to develop a series of live, boutique experiences that are culturally relevant and cut through the noise of the entertainment industry. With Food & Grooves in particular, our goal is to highlight the talents of diverse, underrepresented chefs, mixologists and purveyors of the culinary industry who are not only fueling future generations through food but those who are also utilizing their craft to move the culture forward.”