Wine Lovers Upcoming Food & Wine Events

Summer is coming to a close and these next few weeks will be ripe for the picking for budding winos, with a plethora of wine events. Why? Fall signals harvest time! Below is a compilation of various, food-related events, such as tastings, festivals, and workshops or classes throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for the weekend or upcoming weeks. Also, check out the Foodie Event Calendarthe newest Dining in DC feature (on the right side bar) for local delicious events to add to your foodie calendar.

Saturday, September 8-9th: 

6th Annual Great Grapes Food & Wine Festival in Reston, VA.Saturday, September 8-9th (12-6 p.m.). Come and Get Your Bacchus on with 200 Great Virginia Wines from over 20 area wineries. For two days, Uncork The Wine, Uncork The Flavor, Uncork the Fun… a portion of proceeds are donated to the Spirit of Hope Foundation. If you want to bring the kids, have them enjoy the fun activity booths and craft area. Kids under 12 are FREE. The Show features about 60 different artists and crafters that will offer neat gift ideas for the foodie in you or your friends. Enjoy cooking and wine pairing seminars on-site at the show. Listen to your favorite bands while you try the different wines on-site. Adult Admission & Tasting Glass: $20 advance (online) / $25 on-site includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, all performances and cooking demos.

Saturday, September 15th: 

H Street Festival 2012: The Atlas District’s rocking out their 9th annual street-extravaganza, especially since they have so much to  celebrate this year – the completion of the streetscape project, the opening of many new businesses along the corridor, and the survival of the businesses that have been part of their thriving community for years.

Attempt your own Man vs. Food at the pie and sandwich eating contests. Rock out to live tunes on five outdoor stages. An estimated 50,000 people attended the 2011 H Street Festival and this year should be just as good. Dig the art sales, parades, fashion shows, outlandishly decorated cars and a boxing ring. A show of art cars featuring 14 (artfully) pimped-out rides,  curated by Gallery O on H. (Noon- 7 p.m)

Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16th:

37th Annual Virginia Wine FestivalThe Virginia Wine Festival  is one of the area’s largest and is considered the premiere Virginia wine tasting event. What began in 1975 by the Vinifera Wine Growers Association to educate the masses about the merits of Virginia wine has now become an awesome party with good imbibes. Those looking to get their buzz on will enjoy 400 varieties of wine from over 50 area wineries. Unfortunately, the fest isn’t metro accessible, so you’ll need a designated driver. Draw straws. If it’s you, sorry about your luck. You can enjoy the festival anyway with gourmet food offerings, a juried arts show, and unbeatable musical entertainment. Designated driver tickets are $18 in advance. The event is held at 5089 Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198. Tickets are just $30 in advance. Kids 5 and younger are free. Kids (6-12) – There is a large ‘Children’s Area’ with a jumbo inflatable obstacle course, Becki the Balloon Lady, and more!are $6. Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 16th:

Vintage CrystalWine festivals near Metro stops are pretty much nonexistent, which might be why this Dionysian street fest in the middle of Crystal City has become so popular in just a few short years. Again this year, the fest is Latin themed, which means there aren’t just 30 wines, but tequila tastings. The spice is back with more wines, food, music and dancing. Building on last year’s Latin-themed success, Crystal City will once again be serving up tasty tapas, tempting tequila, and a ton of fun.

A Taste of Wine & Jazz brings delicious wines from Spain, Portugal, and Argentina from the cellars of the Jaleo Wine Shop together with food tastes from restaurants in Crystal City and the region. Live latin jazz, wine education from the Washington Wine Academy, and Salsa from Columbia Pike’s Salsa Room round out the action for an affordable afternoon outdoors.

Sept. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. 220 20th St., Arlington. $20, designated drivers $10, children free. Parking map

September 16-22:

Sept. 16-22, 2012

Great American Dine-Out: Hundreds of DC area restaurants are offering great promotions, featuring special dishes, and donating part of their proceeds to participate in the Great American Dine-Out from September 16th to September 22nd. During that week, participating restaurant will donate a portion of their proceeds to Share Our Strength, a national non-profit working to combat childhood hunger. The time has finally come where gluttony is no longer a sin, but cause for honorable celebration. To find participating restaurants see the Share Our Strength website.

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