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Taste of Annandale

The third Taste of Annandale has been scheduled for Oct. 14, 2017.

The Taste of Annandale is a family-friendly community celebration in the heart of Annandale. The 2016 event, on Oct. 1, was a huge success drawing more than 3,000 people for great food and entertainment and an opportunity to connect with one another.

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

The purpose of the Taste of Annandale is to encourage community engagement, celebrate Annandale’s diversity, and shine a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses.

The 2016 Taste of Annandale was sponsored by the Annandale Rotary ClubAnnandale United Methodist Church, ACCA Child Development Center, Burke & Herbert Bank, Westminster SchoolSmiles in Springfield, Bill Page Honda, Steve McIlvaine Home Sales, the Parliament Apartment Homes, Hanmi Bank, Francis & Murphy, Congressional School, the Annandale office of Weichert Realty, and the Annandale Blog. 

Rep. Gerry Connolly speaks to the crowd at the 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 festival was organized by the Annandale Roundtable, a group of private/public stakeholders and community residents. Revenue generated by the event will benefit a fund to support youth-led projects in Annandale. For more information on how the idea for the Taste of Annandale evolved and who is involved in planning it, click here.

The Annagol restaurant serves Korean specialties.
Food – Participating restaurants and food trucks included DamaAhhh Wah Gwaan, Annagol, El Fuego, Honey PigPeruvian Brothers, DC Doner, Empanadas de MendozaLynette’s Cakes and Catering, and SnoCream Company.

Acoatzin Torres of Monarca in Flight.
Entertainment – The Blue Book Value Band, Monarca in Flight, Natananjali School of DanceCentro Cultural PeruTamure ATaaTa, the Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, the “7” Step Hand Dance Academy, Salay por Siempre, Expressions of Worship, Sambos de Corazon, Westminster School, and Eagle Taekwondo.

The Dinorock show at the children's center. [Josephhoa Pham, [Vietnamese American Photographic Association\
Children’s Corner – The  ACCA Child Development Center hosted a variety of children’s activities, including shows by Dinorock and the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, face painting, book distribution, music, crafts, role-playing games, songs, photos in a pumpkin patch, and costumed characters. 

The Annandale firefighters get the chili trophy.
Chili Cook-off – Taste of Annandale attendees voted for the best chili, and the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department won the cook-off, beating the Mason Police District.

5K Race – More than 80 people took part in the Taste of Annandale 5K Race through Mason District Park. The race was sponsored by the Mason Police District and Annandale United Methodist Church. Official timing was handled by Runtime Fitness.

The start of the 5K Race.
Vendors – Annandale Blog, Annandale High School, Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, AoPS Academy, Baha’is of Fairfax, Bankers Life Insurance, Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia, Bill Page Honda, Burk & Herbert Bank, Congressional School, Connor’s Pest Control, Francis & Murphy, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hanmi Bank, Interfaith Communities for Dialogue, Mason District Democratic Committee, The Parliaments, Pearson Realty, Pollo Peruano, PR Performance Fitness, Shelter Box, Smiles in Springfield/Dr. Quang Cao Tran, Steve McIlvaine Home Sales, Weichert Realtors’ Annandale office, and Westminster School.

2015 Taste of Annandale – Articles about the event and sponsors

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 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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