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The two-day festival at National Harbor boasts more than 20 taco trucks and taqueriers. Photo courtesy of the Taco Beer Tequila Festival.

Chocolate City’s best cocktail competition
3911 Georgia Ave., NW
The cocktail competition, now in its fourth installment, features 10 bartenders from across the country and is designed to enhance the careers of the colorful in the food and beverage industry. Contestants can look forward to all-you-can-drink cocktails and dance jams spun by Dj Lalee. Tickets start at $ 15 and the event runs from 16 to 20.

Mount Vernon Fall Festivals
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate has plenty of seasonal events, including an autumn wine festival and a whiskey tasting. Bring a blanket and sip samples from 18 wineries in Virginia during the running wine festival Friday, October 8th through Sunday, October 10th. Tickets start at $ 53. Over the same weekend, pick three of Mount Vernon’s whiskeys to taste, which were made using 18th century distillation methods. The whiskey tasting is underway Saturday, October 9th, and tickets are $ 60.

Snallygaster
Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd and 6th streets
This huge outdoor festival in downtown DC features more than 200 breweries, 20 food trucks and two stages for live music. With more than 450 small batches and craft beers available, there is plenty to taste. Each $ 60 ticket gives you unlimited tasting and a glass of remembrance, and children under 12 can attend for free. Snallygaster is on Saturday, October 9th from 14 to 18.

Oyster Wars
1401 Okie St., NE
The annual local oyster party usually occupies Salt Line, but moves this year to Ivy City Brewery Other Half Brewing on Sunday, October 10th. In addition to lots of fresh two shells, the kitchen will serve lobster rolls and several tickets from The Salt Line and Dauphine’s, plus a huge variety of beers and guest casks. Admission is free and it runs from noon to 5pm. More for lobster? Go to the second half Friday, October 8th for an afternoon of rolls from Portland, Maine’s High Roller Lobster Company and guest beers, including pours from Tripping Animals, Human Robot, Ocelot and more. This family-friendly event starts at 16.00 and is free for the public.

Indie Chefs returns (photo from a previous event). Photo courtesy of Indie Chefs Community

DC Chefs Week
2468 Champlain St., NW
More than 20 chefs from the Indie Chefs Community will be collaborating on three multi-course dinners across three nights at The Line Hotel. Billed as an “anti-food festival,” the goal of DC Chefs Week is to create more equality in the industry, fight for social justice, and put more focus on promoting the hospitality industry. Two dinners are held on Thursday, October 14th, and one on Saturday, October 16th. The line-up of chefs is impressive – in addition to a bunch of local talent, chefs from New York, San Diego, Asheville and beyond are participating. Tickets start at $ 225 per person. Person.

Taco, Beer and Tequila Festival
802 National Harbor Blvd., National Harbor
This two-day waterfront festival features more than 20 taco trucks and taqueriers, eight margarita bars and a “guacamole pavilion”. Clung Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th, you must be 21 to enter, and tickets start at $ 39. The festival is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Shucktoberfest
2700 S. Quincy St., Arlington
The Village of Shirlington Beer and Oyster Festival is now in its fourth year. Go away Saturday, October 23rd to craft beers, oysters and local food vendors. The family-friendly event has a divided children’s zone with face painting, balloon artists, games and more. Participation is free, but you will need a $ 40 bracelet for tastings.

Maryland Beer, Wine and Liquor Festival
501 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg
Stroll around the Montgomery County Fairgrounds while trying local beers, wines, ciders, mead and more. Festival goers can eat snacks from food vendors, shop artisans and listen to live music. VIP passes are $ 60, and regular admission tickets are $ 45. The festival is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 30th.

DC Beer Fest
1500 S. Capitol St., SE
Nationals Park will transform into the ultimate craft beer festival on Saturday, November 6th with flavors from more than 70 breweries, 12 food trucks, lawn games and a DJ. There are two levels of tickets: $ 50 general admission and $ 90 VIP status, which includes access to the dugout and a commemorative glass. The festival runs from noon to noon.

REDEYE Night Market
Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd to 7th streets
The inaugural night market from Peter Chang of DC’s No Kings Collective and creative agency Events DC will turn four blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue into an outdoor market inspired by those in East and Southeast Asia. More than 50 local vendors serve a variety of food and beverages, including Filipino pastries, Taiwanese shaved ice cream and Korean fried chicken. You can also shop from small businesses and listen to live music. All are meant to be a celebration of the DC area’s AAPI community. The family-friendly event is free to attend and runs from 16 to 23 Saturday, November 6th.

Maya Pottiger

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