Love the annual Wine & Food Festival at National Harbor? (We do, too!) So we were intrigued when it was announced that the same organizers were adding a new location and event to their roster this summer with The Great Taste of Tysons last weekend.
A tent-covered pavilion in the Lerner Town Square (you’ll know it better as the space between the construction — and Tysons I and II) brought together award winning celebrity chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, music, family fun, and of course wine and spirits from around the world.
This inaugural festival was low on crowds (It was the first year, after all! Plus, the metro not yet being open likely dissuaded some… drinking and driving always discouraged!) but it was high on selling points for Year 2! It included over 150 International wines, spirits and beers to sample on site and purchase at event discount. Beyond the wine and beer tastings, highlights included: A Gin Tasting Table, a Scotch lounge, a Rum Shack and one very fine (actual!) champagne in the VIP lounge.
And food was at the forefront! Attendees really enjoyed the Cooking Stage — we saw one of our favorites Chef Scott Drewno of The Source (lead image) making signature dumplings on Sunday afternoon — and Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bambo kicked off the grilling season with an authentic South American grilling demonstration, as well as slow cooking a lamb in an asado.
There was much sipping and salivating. Remember that for next year… the metro will be open, and you’ll need your stamina!