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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Local restaurants, businesses sign up for the Taste of Annandale

Plans are coming together for the first-ever Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly community celebration aimed at showcasing local restaurants, bringing the community together, engaging young people, and promoting local businesses.

The Taste of Annandale is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., along Tom Davis Drive in central Annandale, between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive. Admission is free to the public.

Lambros Goldsmith is the top sponsor of the Taste of Annandale.

Lambros Goldsmith, at 7137 Little River Turnpike, is the top sponsor of the Taste of Annandale. Lambros is a family-owned and operated fine jewelry retailer featuring the award-winning designs of owner and master goldsmith Lambros Magiafas,

Restaurants lined up so far include Duck Chang’s, Food Corner Kabob, Honey Pig, Jang Won Ban Jum, Jukebox Diner, Palace, Pho Hai Duong, Siroo, and Thai by Thai. Many others are expected to sign up within the next few weeks.

Other participants committed to take part in the Taste of Annandale so far include Annandale United Methodist Church, Mpras Law Offices, South Baylo University, PR Performance Fitness, and the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Tom Davis Drive will be closed to traffic, as local residents sample food from a variety of cuisines and enjoy live entertainment from music and dance groups representing a mix of cultures. Other activities being planned include a chili cook-off pitting Fairfax County police officers against firefighters; cooking demonstrations; and a children’s corner with games, crafts, and storytelling.

Beverage sales and other proceeds from the Taste of Annandale will benefit the Annandale Youth Fund, which will support youth-led projects to enhance the quality of community and civic life in Annandale.

Rev. Clarence Brown of Annandale United Methodist Church is chairing the Taste of Annandale Steering Committee, which is comprised of representatives of the local business community, the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Mason District Police Station, and the Annandale Blog.

Restaurant owners who want to participate, as well as anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities or volunteering, should contact Event Organizer Glenda Olmeda, 703-946-4087, Go.Uniq@mail.com.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Taste of Annandale Planning Committee, April 13, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Mason District Government Center.

25 comments:

  1. This is so very cool. A great first step to building the community people so desperately want is getting people together for stuff like this.

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    1. Adam! Are you going to set up a booth?

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    2. I'm not a local business so I doubt if have anything worth sharing

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    3. You are a celebrity commenter on the Annandale blog!

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    4. I think Adam should be available for autographs. Just having a little fun but it would be funny.

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    5. All people have to start doing is posting with an actual account. I guess I just didn't want to be another anon, I got 4chan for that. Maybe once we start posting with actual pseudo-identities we can build a community on this blog or something. Or maybe people enjoy being anon so they can freewheel with beings jerks, I don't know.

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    6. Adam, are you single and available?

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    7. I just feel more free sharing my opinions, both nice (I promise) and critical, behind the anon screen. I would be much less inclined to participate at all without it.

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  2. Looking forward to it. Sounds like a really great idea.

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  3. Mason District Resident4/7/15, 1:59 PM

    Neat! I'll be there :)

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  4. Excellent! We need more community events like this one!

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  5. I can't read Korean so I probably miss out on a lot of what Annandale has to offer. This might be interesting.

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    1. Are you actually that ignorant or just bigoted?

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    2. I think anon was just saying that he misses out on a lot of Korean food because he may not be adventurous enough, and that anon was looking forward to the taste of as an opportunity to try it out. But I may be wrong.

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    3. Thank you Adam. I am not the adventurous type, these food events/tastings are great way for me to sample things without having to pay $10+ for a meal that I may not enjoy. Who knows I might find something that I like. It happens all the time at Costco, people don't want to commit to a large purchase with out knowing how the item will taste. Love samples and trying things, but it hard to do with restaurants. Peace.

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    4. @Anonymous 12:09 - I am sure he did not mean what you thought but all signs should be required to be in English. There is nothing wrong with the idea that here in the USA all signs should be in English and to say that is bigoted or ignorant is just a way to bully people into thinking your way. If I went to Korean I would not expect to see signs only in English.

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    5. ^^ why can't a business have a sign in whatever language they like? If they lose business because their sign is in Korean, then so be it. Who cares? If it bothers you, don't eat there. That's how this works, ya know.

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    6. I agree with your sentiment Adam but those who do not speak Korean and are Korean are not very welcomed into those restaurants. I know I have walked into a couple of the restaurant and when I was not even acknowledge I walked back out. The official language of Virginia is English. I do not think that requiring signs to be in English is infringing on any rights. I do respect that we have a difference of opinion and you expressed your opinion in a very civil manner.

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    7. I agree with CD, but I will be more blunt. They are rude and snobby. Its no wonder their country split in two and if it was up to them they would split Annandale into two, if they haven't already.

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    8. ^^^ aaaand now we've jumped the shark from a civil discussion.

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    9. Y'all are idiot morons. Walk into Korean restaurant.Be Seated. Get food. Pay. Walk out.

      That is how all of my Korean restaurant experiences have gone.

      If you expect people to roll the red carpet out for your everywhere you go - then congratulations, you are an entitled prick.

      I'll take Koreans over all of the Hispanics that flock here any day.

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    10. You had me until racism.

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  6. Congratulations to Rev. Brown and his team of volunteers and paid county staff who are doing this.

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  7. What a great idea! I look foward to attending and hope it can become an annual event.

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  8. Any music booked?

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