Getting a Taste of Arlington
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Taste of Arlington, an annual food-centered event where various Arlington eateries set up booths along Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall. Each offers samples of their best appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and other options from their local eateries. According to the event’s website, www.tasteofarlington.com, it is the biggest one-day event in Arlington, and about 15,000 people from the Washington, D.C. area attend each year.
Over thirty-five of Arlington’s eateries will participate this year, including favorites such as Bayou Bakery, The Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill, Café Caturra, Rustico, Pete’s New Haven-Style Apizza, and Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Free entertainment is another part of this year’s Taste of Arlington, with performances by The Levine School of Music, The Children’s Spanish Chorus, Bowen McCauley Dance’s Kenmore Junior Company, The Constituents (an acoustic band from Arlington), and Lethal Peanut (a rock and blues band from the district). Activities for younger children are also available at the event.
Entrance into the event is free; however, “taste tickets” are needed in order to sample food. Ticket books can be purchased online for $25 before the event, or at the event for $30. Each ticket book includes eights taste tickets; each sample is priced at one ticket.
The Taste of Arlington is a great way to try out a large number of Arlington restaurants without spending too much time or money. It is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 20 from noon to 5 p.m.