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Taste of Annandale

The third Taste of Annandale is happening Oct. 14, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tom Davis Drive.

The Taste of Annandale is a family-friendly community celebration in the heart of Annandale. The 2016 event was a huge success drawing more than 3,000 people for great food and entertainment and an opportunity to connect with one another.

Activities include a 5K Race, food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and dance, children’s activities and live shows hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center, a chili cook-off pitting the police against firefighters, and more.

The Title Sponsors are BB&T Bank (4401 Backlick Road, Annandale), Bill Page Toyota (2923 Annandale Road, Falls Church), and Page Chevrolet (6500 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria).

The Gold Sponsors include the Annandale Blog, Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia, and the Pele Law Offices of Janet Smith Esq.

The Silver Sponsors are the ACCA Child Development Center, Annandale Chamber of CommerceAsian American Chamber of Commerce, Barnside Diner, Burke & Herbert Bank, Chico’s Natural Pet MarketCongressional School, the Couts Group/Coldwell Banker, DaVita Dialysis Center, Fairfax RadiologyThe Parliaments, and Windows Plus. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Gracy Olmeda,, 571-965-5157.

Visit the Taste of Annandale website for photos from last year’s event, and click here for a recap.

Rep. Gerry Connolly speaks to the crowd at the 2016 Taste of Annandale. Behind him are, from the left: Del. Marcus Simon, Supervisor Penny Gross, school board chair Sandy Evans, Board of Supervisors chair Sharon Bulova, former congressman and supervisor Tom Davis, and Rev. Clarence Brown, senior pastor of Annandale United Methodist Church and chair of the Taste of Annandale Steering Committee. 
The  purpose of the Taste of Annandale is to encourage community engagement, celebrate Annandale's diversity, shine a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses, and raise funds for a project developed by local youths.

The festival is organized by the Annandale Roundtable, a group of private/public stakeholders and community residents. For more information on how the idea for the Taste of Annandale evolved and who is involved in planning it, click here.

Food – Food vendors signed up so far for the 2017 Taste of Annandale include: ACCA Child Development Center, Al HamraAmerican Legion Bicentennial Post 1976, Annandale High School Culinary Arts Department, Annandale High School PTSA farmers market, Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille, Casero Creations, DC Doner, El Fuego, Los Wingees, Honey PigPho Wheels, Phonecia Resto & Lounge, Poké-Man Food Truck, Tapas, Taste of Korea, and Wong Trading.

Acoatzin Torres of Monarca in Flight performs at the 2016 Taste.
Entertainment – These groups have already signed on to perform in the 2017 Taste of Annandale: Blue Book Value Band, Monarca in Flight, the Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, the “7” Step Hand Dance Academy, Lees Hapmudo Martial Arts, a Mariachi band, Tamure Ataata, Ukulele Hui, and a Han Couture Fashion Show presented by the Chinese Culture Institute.

The Dinorock show at the children's center in 2016. [Josephhoa Pham,Vietnamese American Photographic Association]
Children’s Corner – The  ACCA Child Development Center will host a variety of children’s activities at the 2017 festival, including a “Dino Babies” by Dinorock Productions, science shows, songs, stories, dancing, face painting, book distribution, music, crafts, role-playing games, an environmental film for kids, photos in a pumpkin patch, outdoor play, and costumed characters from “Paw Patrol.”

The start of the 2016 5K Race.
5K RaceOnline registration is now open for the 2017 Taste of Annandale 5K, to take place during the Taste of Annandale. The race will start at 10 a.m. at the Kmart on John Marr Drive. The course route is described here. Winners will be announced at the Taste of Annandale. The race has been certified by USA Track & Field (#2027).

Registration for the 5K is $25 for ages 15 and up and $15 for age 14 and younger. Registration includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Race-day registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends promptly at 9:45. Packets can also be picked up Oct. 13 at the Mason District Government Center, 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact David Roach,

Chili Cook-off – Taste of Annandale attendees will vote for the best chili cooks: the Mason Police District vs. the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department. The AVFD won the 2016 Taste of Annandale Chili Cook-off.

Annandale firefighters got the chili cook-off trophy at the 2016 Taste of Annandale.
Vendors – These companies and organizations are participating in the 2017 Taste: Annandale High School Booster Club, Brain and Body, Dutko and Ragen Homes Investments and Keller Williams Realty, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Greta Hackfeld, Little River United Church of Christ, LLR Rhonda Brundrett LLC, Mason District Republicans, Ravensworth Baptist Church, Northern Virginia Community College, PR Performance Fitness, Pincecrest School, Prince William Home Improvement.

Articles about previous Taste of Annandale events and sponsors

Restaurants, Entertainers Line Up for the Taste of AnnandaleFairfax Times, Oct. 6, 2017

Taste of Annandale: A Day of Festivities to Celebrate Diversity, Annandale High School Newspaper, A-Blast, Oct. 4, 2017

The First-Ever Taste of Annandale is Happening This Saturday,“Let’s Talk Live,” News Channel 8, June 10, 2015.

Taste of Annandale: A Celebration of Diversity, Annandale Blog, June 16, 2015

Crowds Descend on Annandale for First Taste Festival, Annandale Blog, June 14, 2015

First Taste of Annandale Aims to Build Community, Fairfax Times, June 3, 2015 

Taste of Annandale, Annandale High School Newspaper, A-Blast, June 11, 2015 

 Photo Montage: First Annual Taste of Annandale, Festival DC, June 14, 2015

At the 2015 Taste of Annandale opening ceremony, from the left: Rev. Clarence Brown of Annandale United Methodist Church and chair of the Taste of Annandale Steering Committee; Mason Supervisor Penny Gross; state Sen. Dave Marsden; Diamond Dash winners Fernando Sattori and Silvia Orellana; Lambros Magiafas, owner of Lambros Goldsmiths, the title sponsor; and Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova.
Taste of Annandale Just Three Days Away, Annandale Blog, June 10, 2015 

Taste of Annandale - FAQs, Annandale Blog, June 12, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Features Variety of Entertainment, Annandale Blog, May 22, 2015

More Sponsors, Vendors Join Taste of Annandale, Annandale Blog, May 21, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Opens with 5K Diamond Dash, Annandale Blog, May 18, 2015

Inaugural Taste of Annandale Slated for June 13, Falls Church News-Press, April 17, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Gains Widespread Community Support, Annandale Blog, April 17, 2015 

Local Businesses, Restaurants Sign Up for Taste of Annandale, Annandale Blog, April 7, 2015

Crowds of people at the 2015 Taste of Annandale.
NVCC Offers Lots of Flexible Options for Working Adults, Annandale Blog, May 31, 2015

Lambros Goldsmiths: Bringing Beauty to Annandale for Nearly 30 Years, Annandale Blog, April 28, 2015

Community Involvement is a Priority for Burke & Herbert Bank, Annandale Blog, June 11, 2015

Annandale Rotary Club is All About Community Service, Annandale Blog, May 22, 2015 

Duck Chang's: 40 Years in Annandale, Annandale Blog, April 10, 2015

The Parliaments: More Like a Community Than Just an Apartment Complex, Annandale Blog, May 4, 2015 

New Fitness Center Opens in Annandale, Annandale Blog, June 15, 2015

Hamni Bank Opens in Annandale, Annandale Blog, Sept. 11, 2014

The start of the 2015 Diamond Dash 5K.

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